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Buried within the App Suite is Driver Easy Speak, a curiously named technology that uses a headliner-mounted microphone to pipe messages directly from the front row through the rear-mounted speakers.
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Toyota's Entune infotainment system is also standard on all trims, but has more functionality on higher models trims.
They are flanked by “capacitive touch” buttons, which are a nice blend between traditional switches and button-less touch spots like the ones on Cadillac’s CUE.
that vehicle (the LE) is so poorly optioned (e.g., no navigation, budget seats and cabin materials, no AWD) that I think Toyota’s estimate of a 5 percent take rate is optimistic, even with the $30,075 starting price.
Technology is a huge focus in the 2014, from how well Toyota's Entune multimedia system works to the Highlander's ability to suck up multimedia devices.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander offers up a rich list of features, even in base four-cylinder models priced at about $30,000. All versions have premium cloth interiors, an Entune connectivity kit, and Bluetooth to go with the usual power features and conveniences. A rearview camera's also standard, as are a USB port, 18-inch wheels, and split-folding second- and third-row seats.
Add the Plus package and you'll get a power driver seat; satellite radio; three-zone automatic climate control; and a power tailgate with a flip-up glass window.
Highlander XLE crossovers come with pushbutton start; leather; heated front seats; a sunroof; navigation; Homelink garage door opener; and 5,000 pounds of towing capacity thanks to the standard V-6 engine. The second-row bench seat can be changed out for captain's chairs. A Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system is an option. A feature called Driver Easy Speak pipes in front-seat voices to back-seat voices in Highlander XLE and higher trims--making a shout at third-row kids a little less strained, if no less necessary.
Limited Highlanders get 19-inch wheels; rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitors; second-row captain's chairs; heating and ventilation for the front seats; a power front passenger seat; and premium audio. At this equipment level, gas-only Highlanders are priced right around $45,000--and Hybrids, $50,000.
Toyota's Entune system is standard, along with Bluetooth and audio streaming; the plushest Hybrid Limited versions push $50,000.