Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD

Tony · Jul 30, 2021 04:16 PM

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 01

Basic information

2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD

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Reason why I bought this car

  • Is from Gen 2005 ~ 2010 Toyota Harrier that made me want to get an SUV, as the trend for the automotive market recently.
  • This Gen 2014 Harrier design when it came out really caught my eye & heart so I decided I must buy this car.
  • I wanted something that looked cool,sharp, smart & comfortable on the road, at the same time as my daily ride use & work.

Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 01

Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 02

Car selection process

  • I had a budget of: RM 200~220k
  • Models that I have considered include: Lexus NX,IS,Merc C-lass & BMW 3 Series

The reason why I choose this car

Design sporty & smart. Peace of mind on maintenance as well known Toyota brand,  good built quality as is fully imported from japan (CBU) unit & fuel efficient with Valvematic Dual VVTI engine tech pair with CVT gearbox system.

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 04

User experience

  • I have already done 160,000 km
  • My average fuel consumption is 10.5~13 km/L

The ride is recond from japan, previous owner mileage was 10,000 km when I bought it on nov 2015. It feels cool, fun & smart driving it on this D-segment SUV with good handling on the original set up, on highway it is stable as the body weight holds the car well. And enjoy nice quality music with Alpine head unit & sound system while traveling around, it makes you feel like you don't wanna get out of the car.

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 06

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Cool, Bright & slim stylist Front/Rear LED lights
  • Fuel efficient
  • Good handling & Valvematic Dual VVTI Engine
  • Smooth acceleration with the CVT system
  • Nice interior design & leather match with fabric/soft plastic on dashboard & seat
  • Exterior & Interior nice styling
  • Comfort leather seat
  • Spacious interior & rear boot
  • Stylist touch type aircon panel

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 08

Cons

  • Lack pick up & power as using CVT gearbox (But this is depend driver feel & use)
  • Driver view has some blind spots as the A pillar & side mirror block it. (The side mirror design quite big)
  • Rear absorber suspension is quite soft & bouncy a bit when full load on highway & hump. (So I decide change to full set coilover)
  • Aircond hair wire blows hot air if simply adjusted temp or on cold rainy day as is CBU it have hot temp setting. (But not always appear this problem and can be reset it back so no worries)
  • For 2014~2016 there are some problems with the torque converter, it just needs to replace the TC inner pin & it will be fine all the way. (actually japan has recall this issue so is depend on luck, so either they fix it before sold out japan only)

Actually not many cons for us as we like the car.

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 10

Ratings

Total Score: 4
Performance: 4
Quality & Features: 4
Space: 5
Ride Comfort: 4
Fuel Economy: 5
Price & Cost: 4

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 12

Summary

Overall I am satisfied with the car performance. 

Well I have been using this car for 5 years & now it is 6 year, I still feel its cool looks while driving around, and great resale value. I still keep it longer as a memory for my father & I do some modified upgrades to make the car more sporty look.

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Owner Review: Caught my eye, and my heart - My 2014 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance 2WD 14

Just some summary what I have upgrade on the ride,

Sticker wrapping on exterior (Matt black) & interior panel (Carbon Fiber) & grey/red lining on original Wald bodykit import from japan, 6Pot Brembo Big Brake Kit, Tanabe exhaust system with 4 exhaust tips, G's Underbrace & G's front grill, BC Racing coilover, 20" Wedssport japan wheel, Top admiration & silkblaze mid spoiler, M'z Speed side mirror cover, carbon fiber steering, carbon fiber gear knob & Alpine Headunit.

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Some interesting events

Something crazy is that I own 2 SUV cars now, some of my friends say the same wow 2 SUV sound crazy. As my wife likes high ride cars, so one for her & one is mine. CHR 1.2T, so on weekends or some coffee/tea season I enjoy the compact SUV drive.

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Till today whenever I drive around & go to the car wash many would have a look at my car, and they say pretty cool looks what model it is & they say nice modifications on our car, look different & special.

Just one interesting event will happen soon, a special customized rear lamp by a Japanese seller.

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*Photos were sent to us by the author, courtesy of HW Production


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