Let me clear up any confusion… Yes, I did indeed review a 2014 Toyota Highlander while on vacation in Lake Tahoe two weeks ago.
But that was a different one. It was was black. This one today is silver…
Plus, reviewing a Highlander while back at home in Nashville gave me the opportunity to appreciate some features I didn’t notice the first time around.
For example, the air was low one day in the front passenger tire, but I didn’t realize that on my own. However, I was alerted on the dashboard what was wrong.
So using the built-in GPS, I was able to find the closest gas station where I could fill up the tire. Had I not been alerted by the vehicle itself, I could have ended up driving too far on that tire; it could have went flat on me.
Another interesting feature I want to point out is the “pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control.”
Say you’ve got the cruise control set on 70 mph and everything is going fine… until you get behind a slower vehicle going 68 mph.
The Highlander (Limited PLT V6 FWD with Platinum Package) automatically slows down to match the vehicle in front of you. Pretty clever, actually.
There’s also a setting called “lane departure alert” that lets you know anytime you veer over into another lane by accident.
I’m not a high-tech kind of guy, but I have to point out that for anyone is who is, this is a smart SUV.
My brother-in-law, who is the epitome of high tech, set it up to where I could use my “dumb phone” (which has no Internet) over the speakers of the car.
That was the first time I’ve ever got to sync my phone up to a car. I felt special.
I will close on this note. I want to remind you that just because a car company is “foreign owned,” it doesn’t mean the cars it makes aren’t made in America.
Take a look at these pictures in which I circled in blue the phrase “Made in U.S.A.”
Meanwhile, there are “American car companies” that have the majority of their parts made and assembled overseas. I quickly recognize the double standard.
I am now inspired to start promoting where the cars are actually made. As you can see, this 2014 Toyota Highlander was made here in America. In Princeton, Indiana, to be exact.
Thanks for reading this week’s Family Friendly Daddy Blog car review. I’ll finish off with some stats:
Fuel Economy: 21 MPG combined/19 city/25 highway
Annual fuel cost: $2,500
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price with optional equipment: $42,945.00.