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2014 Toyota Highlander



  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited June 2014

    Android Auto in future Highlanders for Android users

    Google just announced Android Auto, which will compete with Apple's CarPlay for your Highlander/Entune infotainment in-car experience (even though Toyota has not yet announced it will partner with Google's Open Automotive Alliance/Android Auto, it's just a matter of time before it will) with lots of voice controls to minimize driver distractions, but we probably won't see it in a new Highlander until the 2016 or 2017 Highlander.

    Check it out: (http:// "")

  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited June 2014

    3 important reasons the 2014 Toyota Highlander is outselling its rivals

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356

    2015 Highlander production to begin in July, with dealer delivery shortly thereafter

    Probably not many changes, if any, except possibly exterior paint; check it out: (http:// "")

  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356

    Highlander production to increase at Princeton, Indiana plant

    More highlanders and 300 more jobs!
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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited November 2014
    2014/2015 Highlander Best in Class for Kelley Blue Book's 2015 Best Buy Award Winners

    Check it out:

    And as you probably know the mid-sized SUV 2015 Highlander is virtually unchanged from the 2014, except price.
  • mlevinemlevine Posts: 252
    I was at the Miami Auto show this past Saturday. The highlander really looked nice. Toyota had a test drive track with the only SUV being the RAV4. Would think they would have a highlander available.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited March 10
    Apple's Tim Cook yesterday announced CarPlay is coming to 40 car models by the end of the year.

    Does this mean the Highlander will get the factory installed CarPlay on the 2016 or 2017 HL? Anyone with info on this subject from Toyota sales staff?

    Check it out:
  • orangeman99orangeman99 Posts: 62
    It seems that some people want to turn cars into mobile entertainment stations. It's a car, you don't need to connect your phone to the car. Jeez.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    Orangeman99, while I respect your opinion, for many people cars and pick-up trucks, besides providing basic transportation, are in fact mobile entertainment centers/stations. Since this is the case for the majority of drivers, these new smartphone/auto tech systems, if properly implemented, will make driving a much safer experience while listening to our favorite music/playlists, navigating to our destinations, and communicating with others in a much less distracting way. It's not a matter of will the implementation of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto happen, it's just when it will happen. In my opinion, the sooner the better.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited October 11
    Comparisons: 2016 Pilot vs 2014/2015 Highlander (2016 Highlander not out yet, but reportedly no major changes expected until 2017 MY mid-cycle refresh)

    4 Video Comparisons: Vid #1 pretty even-handed; Vid #2 comparison by the #'s (although not mentioned, updated safety/crash test results are in and excellent for both the Pilot and Highlander, and 0-60 times (V6's) slightly better for Pilot by 1/2 to 1 second, but from a practical perspective, negligible); Vids #'s 3 & 4 biased toward Toyota Highlander (Vid #'s 3 & 4 produced by Toyota dealers).

    Vid #1 (Winner depends on your family size):

    Vid #2 (by the numbers):

    Vid #3:

    Vid #4:
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited October 12
    Are Keyless Ignition Safeguards in place on the new 2014 and 2015 Highlanders, like a timed auto shut-off, to eliminate the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, when you have an attached garage?

    Does anyone know if the 2014 and 2015 Highlanders have built-in keyless ignition safeguards, like a timed auto shut-off, to eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, if you have an attached garage? And if not, is there a recall in place yet to retro-fit/fix this problem?

    Check out the following link:

    At the very least, this car tech deficiency can cost the car owner lots of wasted gas and bad MPG #'s, and at the worst it can kill the owner and the entire family!
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited October 17
    Additional References on the Keyless Ignition risk of CO Poisoning, and Toyota's Legal Exposure

    If Toyota does not intervene in a timely fashion and right a wrong in their cars, like issue a TSB and/or recall, for those Toyota cars already sold that have keyless ignitions, it's not only terrible for the owners who will continue to be injured and killed by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to this issue, it can be potentially very expensive to Toyota, like the unintended acceleration suit that cost Toyota at least one billion dollars not so long ago.

    Article #1) Oct 5th ABC News Investigation of Keyless Ignitions:

    Article #2) Courthouse News Service:
  • berriberri Posts: 5,036
    Personally, I never have understood the desire for keyless ignitions.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    Berri- right you are, and keyless ignitions cars make it much easier for sophisticated car thieves to break into/hack these cars.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited October 22
    Consumer Reports testing of 2016 Honda Pilot just completed and is somewhat disappointing

    Consumer Reports testing gave the 2016 Honda Pilot an overall score of 80 which is good, but significantly lower than the 2014/2015 Toyota Highlander (2016 not yet released) and 2016 Kia Sorento which both received an overall test score of 84.

    Check out the CR (the CR website was just updated and takes some getting use to) review and Road Test at the following link:
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 356
    edited October 23
    Getting ready for winter, the ski slopes and some mild off-roading? Check out the Off-Road Review of the 2014/2015 Highlander V6

    Take a look:
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