2014 Toyota Harrier Review

From Ksh 3,300,000
  • Toyota Harrier, Toyota
  • Petrol
  • 2,000 cc

With the introduction of the third generation in December 2013 the Toyota Harrier was decoupled from the Lexus RX and they are now separate entities. The Harrier has undergone extensive changes with the most notable being the futuristic frontal redesign. The driving dynamics have also changed significantly with the introduction of a 2.0 Litre powerplant.

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Extras: Panoramic Sunroof
  • Safety Features: ABS, Frequency Adaptive Damping, Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Crash Safety System, SRS Airbags, Steering assisted Vehicle Stability Control
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights
  • Interior Features: Bluetooth Connectivity, Touch Screen Entertainment System, USB Charging Ports

Detailed Review

The Toyota Harrier has been in production for three generations starting from 1998 to present. For the first and second generation, it was virtually the same as the Lexus RX with minor variations. But from the third generation, the Harrier is a distinct brand with no relationship with the Lexus RX. It competes with the Nissan Murano, Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW X5, Mercedes M Class and VW Touareg.

2014 Toyota Harrier Kenya

It’s offered with 2 engine options; A 2.0-Litre 3ZR-FAE petrol engine and a 2.5-Litre 2AR-FXE petrol Hybrid engine. The are linked to a 7-Speed Super CVT-I transmission and available in both 2WD and 4WD. The Hybrid version is available only in 4WD.

2014 Toyota Harrier Grades

  1. Toyota Harrier Grand – This is the entry level grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, clothe seats manual seats and 17-Inch alloy rims.
  2. Toyota Harrier ELEGANCE – This is the medium level grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, clothe seats electric seats and 17-Inch alloy rims, an optional sunroof, and chrome finish.
  3. Toyota Harrier Premium – This is the luxury grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, leather seats electric seats and 18-Inch alloy rims, an optional sunroof, chrome finish and the complete Toyota Safety Sense suite.

2014 Toyota Harrier Interior
The interior dimensions have not changed much and the Harrier retains the same seating arrangement. The dashboard retains the same layout but the instrument cluster has been modernized with LCD displays and a touchscreen entertainment console. The legroom on both rows is good and tall people will find it comfortable.

2014 Toyota Harrier first row seats

2014 Toyota Harrier second row seats

2014 Toyota Harrier Exterior
On the outside, the new Harrier is more angular with sharp LED headlights and a narrow grille that is covered in plastic. The rear retains its form with the major changes being the upgraded LED taillights and a redesigned bumper.

2014 Toyota Harrier rear

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox and the center-box. At the second row, there are 4 cupholders and front seat jacket pockets.

2014 Toyota Harrier door pockets

2014 Toyota Harrier Boot Space
The Toyota Harrier has a sizable boot that is sufficient for a family of five. The rear seats can fold to create extra space when required.

2014 Toyota Harrier boot

2014 Toyota Harrier split seats format

Extras: Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Qi charging, panoramic sunroof, touchscreen entertainment console

2014 Toyota Harrier touchscreen infotainment system

2014 Toyota Harrier Safety Features: Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Crash Safety System, Frequency Adaptive Damping, Steering assisted Vehicle Stability Control

2014 Toyota Harrier Fuel Consumption
2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0L fuel consumption: 16.0 km/L
2014 Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid fuel consumption: 21.8 km/L

2014 Toyota Harrier Acceleration
2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.5 sec.
2014 Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 sec.

2014 Toyota Harrier Speedometer

2014 Toyota Harrier Fuel Tank Capacity: 75 Litres

2014 Toyota Harrier Driving Experience
The new Harrier is much smoother than the previous generation and it feels solid to drive. The 2.0L engine is not as accelerative and it takes a bit of time to gain speed when pushed hard. The 2.5L hybrid is much quicker and feels lighter.

Toyota Harrier Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2014 Toyota Harrier engine

Toyota Harrier Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
The Harrier shares many parts with other Toyotas such as the RAV4, Crown, Vellfire and the Prado. The parts are well priced and available in major towns across the country. Electronic components such as batteries for the Hybrid are expensive and not readily available in the market.

2014 Toyota Harrier Hybrid Reliability
The Harrier Hybrid shares many components with the standard Harrier and therefore most issues are common across the board. However, the Hybrid has additional components such an electric motor, battery packs and sensors. It’s a complex system that requires a specialized skill to repair in case it breaks down. For the most part, the hybrid system works without problems and no additional maintenance is required. The Harrier Hybrid is reliable when well maintained as per the Owner’s Manual. However, poor maintenance can lead to some costly problems. When buying a used Harrier Hybrid, make sure its well maintained and low mileage. Otherwise, there is no major concern that should stop you from buying one.

Resale Value – Good

2014 Toyota Harrier Competitors: Nissan Murano, Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW X5, Mercedes M Class and VW Touareg.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.3,300,000 (check latest prices here)
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 132,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 80,000/- for 4 Tyres

What we like about the 2014 Toyota Harrier
1. Smooth and quiet ride
2. Fuel efficient
3. Luxurious and spacious interior

What we don’t

The Toyota Harrier is an excellent family car that has steadily evolved in terms of design, safety and comfort. If the high price point is not a hindrance for you, the definitely this crossover SUV is worth having.

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2014 Toyota Harrier

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