2014 Toyota Highlander at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer
  • Looks like: A sleeker Highlander with bolder proportions
  • Drivetrain: 2.7-liter four-cylinder with front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission; 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive; 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid with continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2014

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is thoroughly overhauled with an all-new interior featuring room for eight occupants — one more than 2013 — and an all-new sleeker exterior. Toyota says it's taking an upscale approach with the new Highlander's interior as well as adding more cargo room and standard features.  

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The old interior's styling hasn't been updated since 2008, so the revamp is a much-needed one. Toyota's midsize Highlander SUV last received an overhaul for the 2011 model year with mostly cosmetic changes.

Because the outside was recently updated, it needed less attention than the interior but that didn't hold Toyota back from going all out with the new look. The roofline is lower for improved aerodynamics while the overall length has grown 3 inches and the width by a half an inch. Toyota says rearward visibility is improved from larger rear quarter windows. The automaker also claims forward visibility is improved with repositioned front A-pillars.

Toyota's upscale interior additions include a soft-touch instrument panel on all Highlander trims as well as reduced interior noise with acoustic glass and additional sound insulation materials. If Toyota can mirror the jump in quality pulled off with the 2013 Avalon sedan, then the Highlander has the potential to impress. Toyota says cargo room behind the third row has increased 34%, which is promising considering the current Highlander is short on space with the third row in the upright position.

The new interior has seating for up to eight with a second-row bench seat and seven with available captain's chairs. The plus-one occupant count comes from the third row that now has room for three — up from two — helped by 4.3 more inches of width in the back. Toyota says access to the third row is improved with a one-step second-row sliding function that provides up to 3 more inches of access to the third row.

Newly standard features include a backup camera, hill start assist, Bluetooth with voice control, Toyota's Entune multimedia system and a 6.1-inch touch-screen. Options include an 8-inch touch-screen and Toyota Entune with its app suite, leather seating, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic roof, upgraded JBL stereo and rear-seat entertainment system.

The Highlander also receives newly available options like rear-parking sonar, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a precollision system.

Powering the 2014 Highlander are 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter six-cylinder engines; the non-hybrid V-6 has a new six-speed transmission said to improve acceleration and fuel economy over the five-speed from 2013. Gas mileage estimates are still under wraps. Toyota says the suspension and electronic power steering are also revised for a more dynamic driving experience.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander goes on sale in early 2014.

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Comments 

sheth

Nice interior. Not nice exterior.

Jay

Blends in with everything thing else in the class. Exterior shows to Mazda CX-9. Should have made it look like a bigger Venza. Interior looks in front, looks cheap in the rear.

FooFoo

It is almost perfectly beautiful, inside and out. When they are going to realize that this grill is so ugly, the same as in the Tundra.

lillyman01

Jay, I agree, i own a Venza and i love it.

Ivan

This looks like the subaru tribeca... Is toyota trying to be the subaru of 5 years ago? I guess people won't see the exterior from the decent interior

Jack

Although the interior is a major improvement, the design department really colaborated on the exterior this time around. It does not look Toyota at all. This version has a Subaru front, Car like center, and Sienna minivan rear. The plastic side fender flares look cheap, there's no roof rails or crossbars. Totally agree with the Venza comments, I would rather have it being a larger Venza.

Larry

own a 2008 and will buy a 2014 when they come out. One of the best cars I have owned and I have had a few.

Jim

When Toyota offers a Highlander without the third row seat I will buy one. Why pay for a third seat when we will never need it. My wife and I are active retirees that need more space not more seats

Infosaur

My imediate reaction was shock, then it grew on me instantly. I like how the top of the grill looks like the traditional "let's put a small sleek grill between the headlights and hide the rest of the openings in the bumper." but then your eyes are drawn down to the Audi-like Edsel-grill. But the seperation in textures evokes neither.

Very well executed. Now if only *yawn* I could remember what one looks like *yawn* in a month as Highlanders put me t,,,,zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Johnny

This Highlander has a real nice exterior and great changes in interior room and options (love ventilated seats) but the dash looks like it's 5 years outdated,and somebody slapped an aftermarket DVD/NAV system in it. I will definitely test this out when it's available, but if it's another scenario where cramming in a 3rd row seat I don't need results in cramping the leg room for a middle row, I can't buy it. It's the only reason I couldn't get an MDX. I'd love it if you could factory order an SUV minus a 3rd row, give 5 more inches to the rear seats, and increased cargo room.

Steve

Look at the caddy SRX or Nissan pathfinder for 5 pax and storage. You'll get the luxury, ride and space with the caddy, but you'll drop $25k in depreciation in the first 5 years. Nissan had CVT issues, not sure if that's been resolved.

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