Commercial evaluation of 2022 GAC Toyota Highlander new car

2022-06-11 0 By

As a leading third-party automobile quality evaluation platform in China, Qesq launched the “New Car Commodity Evaluation” column based on a large number of automobile product test samples and scientific data models.In order to fully display and analyze the overall commodity level of new cars in the domestic automobile market, several models on sale within two years with driving mileage less than 5000 km are systematically tested and evaluated by senior evaluators using professional equipment through objective data and subjective feelings.For consumers in the purchase of vehicles to provide objective and true advice reference.As a benchmark model in the mid-size SUV market, Highlander has long occupied the no.1 position in the segment with its practical 7-seat space and excellent reputation for quality, and its cumulative sales have exceeded one million units.The new fourth generation Highlander makes up for the shortcomings of the old model in terms of design and intelligent technology, and introduces Toyota’s latest THS enhanced hybrid system to the whole series, further enhancing the overall product strength.According to the data of, as of December 31, 2021, the cumulative number of complaints of the fourth generation Of Highlander since its launch is only 15, which is worthy of positive short-term quality reputation performance.Can the car continue the existing quality reputation performance in the future?Will there be some new problems that the average consumer won’t be able to spot?This issue of “New Car commodity Evaluation” will clear the fog for you and restore a real fourth generation Highlander through objective data and subjective feelings.Objective Data This project mainly through the new car in the body technology, paint film level, inside the air quality, vibration and noise, parking radar and light/vision of 12 items of field test, in the form of objective data all-round intuitive display of the new car in the commercial performance.In the process test of the body, 10 key parts of the vehicle were selected, and 3 key points were selected to measure each key part to evaluate the uniformity of the gap of each key part.According to the test results, the gap value of most test points of the fourth generation Highlander is larger than that of other models of the same level tested. The expert review panel speculated that it may be related to the relatively rough appearance design.Among them, the mean value of gap data at the junction of rear door and rear wing plates on both sides is relatively small, less than 4.0mm.The mean value of gap data at the junction between the trunk and the rear wing sub-plates on both sides is relatively large, reaching 6.9mm and 6.7mm respectively.Considering that the gap data mean difference between left and right sides of the vehicle is not large, the process performance is basically satisfactory.During the paint film level test, no relevant data were measured due to the non-metallic material of the fourth generation Highlander trunk cover.The test results show that the average paint film thickness of the fourth generation Highlander is about 136.4μm, reaching the standard value of advanced cars (120μ m-150 μm).According to the test data of various key parts, the paint film thickness of most parts of the whole vehicle remained above 120μm, but the difference between the paint film thickness of some key test points was relatively large, which also reflected that there was room for improvement of the paint film spraying uniformity of Highlander.During the in-car air quality test, the vehicle was placed in an internal surface parking lot with fewer vehicles. No formaldehyde was detected in the fourth-generation Highlander, and the content of PM2.5 and other substances was also at a relatively low level, which was in line with the regulations implemented since March 1, 2012.Relevant standards in Guidelines for Air Quality Assessment in Passenger Vehicles (National Standard GB/T 27630-2011) jointly issued by the former Ministry of Environmental Protection and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China.In the static noise test, the fourth generation Highlander has a good performance in the static state. The result has been reduced to 30dB, the lowest value of the test instrument, which can almost be isolated from the external environment sound.When the engine starts and enters idling condition, the incoming noise value in the car is 40.8dB, which is still in the range of weak influence on human body, and will not cause interference to the driver and passenger in the car under working condition.It should be noted that the engine of the hybrid system mounted on the fourth-generation Highlander only takes part in charging the battery in the static state, so the noise at 2000rpm and 3000rpm cannot be tested.In the air conditioning noise test, the test instrument is placed about 10cm away from the air outlet of the air conditioner, and then the air volume of the air conditioner is increased from small to large, and the noise value of the driver’s position at different gears is measured.According to the test, the fourth-generation Highlander has seven gears of air conditioning, and the measured noise value is 66.1dB when the highest grade is turned on, which is still within the range that human body can tolerate and will not cause too much interference to drivers and passengers.According to the actual measurement, the vibration of the fourth-generation Highlander engine is limited in idling, and the measured data of the steering wheel under load is slightly higher than that in idling.The test data of the front and rear seats in two states are always close, and the test values are all on the high side, but the actual body sensation is not obvious, which has little impact on the comfort of the occupants.We also tested parking radar, light/field of view, steering, wheel hub, sunroof, seat, and trunk.According to the test, the overall performance of the fourth generation Highlander has reached the standard expected by the same level of models. The steering wheel and driving seat have a wide range of adjustment, which can adapt to drivers of different heights. Moreover, the front seat is equipped with waist support adjustment, heating and ventilation functions, and the ride comfort is excellent.The second row of seats supports the adjustment of the front and back angles, and the adjustment range is large, which can create a relatively comfortable riding space for the third row of passengers.In addition, the front, rear and side exterior mirrors in the car also performed well on field tests.However, during the testing process, the expert review panel found that the radar distance control of the 4th generation Highlander was not good, and the latest warning distance was far from the empirical value, so more attention should be paid when backing up.This project is subjectively evaluated by several reviewers on the actual performance of the new car in static and dynamic aspects.The static aspect includes exterior, interior, space and human-computer interaction.Dynamic aspects include acceleration, braking, steering, driving experience and driving safety.Finally, the total score is given by referring to the subjective evaluation opinions of the reviewers comprehensively to reflect the actual performance of the new car in the aspect of commodity from the perspective of subjective feelings.In the external evaluation, the overall performance of the fourth generation Highlander meets expectations, especially in the engine compartment materials and the practicality of the trunk.The wiring inside the engine compartment is very orderly, and the material of the rubber sleeve and winding tape is sufficient, and there is no large area of exposed cable, which is obviously improved compared with the old Highlander.The back compartment supports electric switch and induction opening, and the threshold is low, very convenient for daily use.In addition, when the second and third rows of seats are all down, the back compartment can form a nearly flat floor, with hidden storage compartments, leading the loading capacity of the same level.However, in the test process, the expert review panel found that when the vehicle was unlocked and locked, there was an obvious abnormal sound when both sides of the external rearview mirror folded automatically. The sound came from the friction of rubber gaskets, which was part matching problem, and whether it was a test drive case was unknown.The interior of the fourth generation Highlander adopts Toyota’s latest family design style. The asymmetric layout and large LCD screen enhance the sense of fashion and technology. The center console and front and rear door panels are wrapped with large area soft material, which looks more advanced.At the same time, the central console also retains a large number of physical keys to ensure the convenience of daily operation.The test model is equipped with a JBL sound system, which creates a surround-sound effect through 11 speakers. The sound quality is excellent.The whole car provides two sets of USB ports, including one Type-A port and four Type-C ports, which are distributed under the front center console and under the rear air conditioner air outlet, fully meeting the charging requirements of different devices.In addition, the back row also provides a 220V power interface, taking into account business needs.In terms of ride space, the fourth generation Highlander does not pursue too much of the sense of space, but still emphasizes practicality.After the front and rear passengers adjust the normal sitting position, the head and leg space is in a reasonable range.The fourth generation Highlander has upgraded the cushions on the second and third rows of seats, making them thicker and more comfortable to ride.In addition, the front and rear adjustable range of the second row seats has also been increased to maximize the convenience of third-row passengers in and out.In terms of storage space, the fourth-generation Highlander not only has a large number of storage cells in the car, but also has considerable space for each storage cell. In particular, the design of the mezzanine in front of the center console and the copilot shows outstanding practicability.The fourth generation Highlander has been comprehensively upgraded for the vehicle-machine system, equipped with the “Fengyun Yuexiang” vehicle network system, and has a qualitative improvement in UI interface design compared with other Toyota models.In addition to supporting conventional online music, online navigation, voice control and OTA upgrade, it also supports various vehicle functions and operations.Voice control is accurate for fuzzy semantic recognition, and can operate navigation, air conditioning, skylight and other functions, but does not support custom wakeup words.In addition, during the testing process, we found that the fluency of the multimedia system needs to be improved, and the picture quality of the 360-degree panoramic image is also unsatisfactory, obviously inferior to the self-branded models of the same level.The fourth generation Highlander is fully equipped with Toyota TNGA 2.5L fourth generation THS ⅱ hybrid system, with larger battery capacity, higher comprehensive power and lower fuel consumption.The combined power of the system is 183 horsepower, and it is relatively easy to push the 2.1 ton vehicle.Thanks to the configuration of front and rear double motors, the dynamic response is very sensitive in the initial stage, and there is no such sudden sensation as pure electric vehicles.With the gradual deepening of the accelerator pedal, the engine will intervene in time. Although the ride comfort is still excellent, obvious vibration will be detected in the accelerator pedal, the central armrest box and other parts, and the driving quality will be greatly reduced.The fourth generation Highlander offers three driving modes, but the difference between the three modes is not obvious.Braking still continues the performance of the old model, the initial stage is slightly virtual, continuous deep stepping can obtain sufficient braking force, after getting used to it, you will feel that this setting is more conducive to driving comfort.The steering system of the fourth generation Highlander has been further optimized under the new architecture, which makes steering feel tighter and at the same time brings clearer directivity, quite like a luxury SUV.The most important upgrade brought by TNGA architecture is reflected in the chassis. The fourth generation Highlanda completely abandoned the slightly thin design of the old model, and comprehensively optimized the chassis materials, sound insulation and noise reduction. The handling of road bumps is more simple, and the driving comfort is greatly improved.The test model is equipped with the full-speed adaptive cruise function. In the actual experience process, the vehicle starts and braking are natural, and there is no rapid acceleration and braking.When the vehicle deviates from the driving lane, the lane keeping assistance system will intervene in time, but will not excessively intervene in the situation of “grabbing” the steering wheel with the driver, and the safety performance is satisfactory.By summarizing the above test results, it is concluded that the overall performance of the fourth generation Highlander in objective data and subjective feelings meets the expectations of the expert panel.In terms of objective data, the coating thickness is excellent, but the joint process and spraying uniformity of individual parts need to be improved.In addition, there is room for optimization of astern radar spacing control.In terms of subjective feeling, the fourth generation Highlander continues the excellent performance of the old model in space practicability, and has also been upgraded for interior materials and vehicle and machine systems. However, there are still some shortcomings, such as general vehicle and machine system smoothness, backward image quality of panoramic image, etc.Overall, the commercial performance of the fourth generation Highlander is in the middle level among the same class models tested.