When the weather is beautiful in Texas, and you have a 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited parked in your driveway, there’s like an unspoken rule: “You must take a road trip.” Challenge accepted Toyota, as I told the family, get in the vehicle and #LetsGoPlaces. I declared the SUV an electronics free zone for our 100 mile journey from Houston to College Station.
The kids grumbled at the news that we would NOT be testing the Blu ray player. My argument, The Muppets say there’s “No room for boring” in the Toyota Highlander, and we’re going to prove it! I seriously doubt, my 4 year old son and 6 year old daughter, had any idea what I was talking about. Who knows if I was even making sense but, I was determined to have a little fun with the family, without competing with movies or Angry Birds.
I have to say there’s really not a whole lot to see on 290 from Cypress until you exit at Highway 6. So, we turned our attention to the features of the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited. Like, my all time favorite feature, the driver easy speak. No more yelling or screaming at the kids in the back. Um, wait, I can neither confirm nor deny, we’ve yelled at our kids to “stop fighting”. My point is, even if you have adults in the back and want to ask a question, with driver easy speak technology, they can hear you! Genius move Toyota! Genius.
Technology Parents Love In The 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited
We rolled on down the road while belting out the wrong words to “All About The Bass” and Frozen’s “Let It Go.”
Technology like the blind spot monitor, driver easy speak, rear parking sonar, and more, are always some of my favorite features in a vehicle. But, I really love the way Toyota put some thought into the interior design like the in-dash shelf where my phone fit perfectly even while charging. The soft touch materials and modern center stack combined to give the Highlander a premium feel.
The model we drove had room for seven, with bucket seats in the back. I prefer the bucket seats for the kids, because they seem to fight less about sharing each other’s spaces. Plus, there was plenty of leg room. One of our friends that is 5’10” sat in the third row, and could easily stretch out her legs between the bucket seats to ride comfortably. Oh, and Toyota increased the rear cargo space behind the third-row by 34 percent for more storage (perfect for a family like ours that over packs).
How does the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited handle?
Our kids never sleep in the car. NEVER. But with the smooth ride and seamless shifting, both kids drifted off to dreamland. I wasn’t sure if the 3.5 L V6 engine with 270 hp was enough get up and go, but we had plenty of power. With more cargo room than our 2005 Chevy Tahoe, and a roundtrip of highway and city 20 mpg, we weren’t guzzling gas. I liked the interior, safety features, and roominess, but I did feel like I was driving a big SUV. Overall, I liked the look and feel of the Highlander and felt like it’s a good compromise between a sedan and a mini-van for families needing more room.
Sticker on the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited I drove was $43,710, the LE starts at $29,000. If you’re looking at the Toyota Highlander, its competitors include: 2014 Ford Explorer, 2014 Dodge Durango, and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. I haven’t driven any of the competitors, so can’t talk about how it compares.