The new Toyota Highlander 2021- We went out to drive and check how it feels

The Toyota Highlander, in its fourth generation, was introduced in 2019 and will also be marketed in Israel starting at the end of 2020. The Highlander is a 7-seater recreational vehicle manufactured in the United States and originally intended for the American market. Therefore, it is a large and spacious vehicle with an impressive appearance that provides a quiet, comfortable and pleasant ride.

on the outside
The Toyota Highlander looks like a combination of a Toyota Rav 4 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, which gives it a noticeable and relatively tough look. The front features a large front grille and on either side narrow headlights that pull back. In the highland wall you will find large wheelhouses with the rear wheelhouse apple and transmitting robustness. The rear of the highlander features a spoiler above the rear window and two narrow headlights that are “drawn” towards the symbol located in the center of the trunk. The Highlander is a fairly large vehicle – its wheelbase stands at 2.85 meters, is 4.97 meters long, 1.93 meters wide and 1.73 meters high.

Toyota Rav 4 plug-in hybrid (Photo: Manufacturer)

from within
The Highlander is marketed in Israel in two trim levels: E-Motion (NIS 290,000) and E-Xclusive (NIS 305,000). The main differences between the versions are: a panoramic sunroof, an electrically adjustable passenger seat along with memories for the driver and passenger seat, original rear and front parking sensors and a trunk door that opens and closes electrically.

The interior design of the Highlander is very functional and intuitive. In the center of the dashboard is an 8 “touch screen, and underneath it is a separate climate control system that is easy to control. The dashboard is mechanical and includes a screen in the center that displays variable data that can be selected.

The quality of the materials, the assembly and the finish are good and the interior space for the driver and passenger next to it is quite good. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and both the driver and the passenger will enjoy heating in the seats while their cellular devices will charge in two of the three USB connections offered to them.

The Toyota Highlander has seven seats – in the middle row the space is quite good, thanks to the existence of a rail, and the possibility of moving the seats back and forth. In the third row the space is good in relation to the competitors, although, sitting in this row is not comfortable enough for adults, in terms of legroom and also in terms of entering and exiting it. While the third row is folded you can enjoy a huge trunk (631 liters). Opening the third row of seats will shrink the trunk to a volume of 241 liters, or according to the manufacturer, about 305 liters (the volume of loading up to the height of the roof).

The Highlander version marketed in Israel is a hybrid version, and includes a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which is mated to a continuous gearbox, and two electric motors that are mated to each of the axles in the Highlander. The combined power is quite respectable and stands at 244 hp. All of this is enough to accelerate the Toyota Highlander, which weighs 2,050 kg, to about 100 km / h in a fairly short 8.3 seconds. on the road, The good and immediate accelerations are felt, the ride comfort, especially the intercity one, and on the highway engine and wind noises penetrate the cabin.

Safety systems
The Highlander includes a variety of original safety systems, including: seven airbags, autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure correction, dead-space vehicle warning, autonomous braking in reverse and more.

The new Toyota Highlander Hybrid is equipped with a package Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Which includes a pre-collision system, which includes day and night pedestrian detection and daytime bike identification, dynamic adaptive cruise control, a lane center guard system, an automatic high beam system, and traffic sign detection. In addition, the two trim levels include a system for identifying vehicles in dead space, and identifying vehicles crossing from behind.

In conclusion
The Toyota Highlander is a fairly spacious, useful and safe seven-seater SUV. Its ride comfort is good, the petrol engine, combined with the electric motors provide a lot of available power and agility, and average fuel consumption (very much depends on your foot). The Highlander is especially suitable for large families and traveling families, who are looking for a spacious and functional seven-seater vehicle.

Toyota Highlander 2021

  • Comfort and Performance (1-5) – 4.5
  • Appearance and feeling (1-5) – 4.5
  • Driver Environment and Technology (1-5) –4
  • Israeli Safety Rating (1-10) – 8
  • Cost Benefit (1-5) – 4.5

Final score (1-10) – 8.5

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