2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show


Competes with: Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot
Looks like: Its styling matches its updated-for-2014 non-hybrid sibling
Drivetrain: An electric motor teams with a 3.5-liter V-6 for a total of 280 hp; CVT
Hits dealerships: February 2014

We got up close and personal with Toyota's redesigned midsize crossover at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, but the Highlander's hybrid sibling is making its global debut in L.A. this year. The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a three-row crossover, seats seven and goes on sale in February with a base price of $48,160, which is $930 more than the 2013 model. All-wheel-drive V-6-equipped non-hybrid models start at $32,840 for 2014; all prices include an $860 destination fee.

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Like its non-hybrid sibling, the 2014 version got a styling makeover. It wears the same muscular look up front and sleek body side lines. It's around 3 inches longer and a half-inch wider this year. 


Inside, there are leather-trimmed seats in the first and second rows, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A new 4.2-inch color display screen provides driver information, including an energy monitor and eco driving indicator. 

Standards include Toyota's Entune multimedia system with navigation and app suite, which uses an 8-inch touch-screen. Options include a Blu-ray rear entertainment system.

Captain's chairs are standard in the second row, and the third row is a 60/40-split bench with seating for three passengers. Toyota says rear cargo space behind the third row has increased by 34 percent this year.       

Under the Hood

The all-wheel-drive Highlander Hybrid pairs an electric motor with the same 3.5-liter V-6 as the outgoing model; Toyota says the pair is good for a total of 280 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is the sole transmission. Like last year's version, the Highlander Hybrid can again cruise at low speeds on electric power only. Toyota claims the hybrid will deliver excellent fuel efficiency, but official numbers aren't out yet. The 2013 version is EPA rated at 28/28/28 mpg city/highway/combined. 


Standard features include a backup camera and hill start assist. Newly available options include rear parking sonar, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and a precollision system. 



Will the gas models not be released until February 2014 or just the hybrid models?

Jennifer Geiger, News Editor at Cars.com

@ Frank,
The regular version will go on sale in January. Here's our pricing post on that model: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/11/2014-toyota-highlander-starts-at-30075.html

Anonymous Coward

The "gaping mouth" grille is unattractive.


Wait..."base price of $48,160".

Should that be $38,160? A $16K premium for a hybrid seems steep, especially for Toyota.


any idea what the mpg will be on the '14 V-6/FWD?


I don't think they've announced it yet. To remain competitive the model you mention would have to get about 27 mpg - I think the current one gets 24. I would guess they'll add one or two overdrive gears to the current tranny to eek out two to three more mpgs. I own a 2012 V6 AWD. On a good day in the summer it will do 27. In cold weather about 23.5 on the highway.

Jennifer Geiger, News Editor at Cars.com

@ Jeff,
The Highlander Hybrid got expensive for 2014 because the base trim level is now the Limited version. It starts at $48,160 (including destination).


any other comments on the 2014 Highlander V-6 MPG? And if I should buy a '13 or '14?


Last year we turned over our runs-like-new 2001 highlander with 207,000 miles to our college student youngest kid and faced the same question of whether to buy the current generation model or wait for the new one. I think you're correct to wait for mileage figures before deciding. Other factors to consider would be ride and handling. Pure speculation on my part but based on the recent redesigns of the Avalon and Camry I assume the 14 will have a harsher ride but will handle better than the 13. I opted for the current model because of the luxurious ride and competent handling. It's not a vehicle that encourages you to test its limits, but does just fine in the corners and is very comfortable for all day drives. A final consideration is the extra three inches of length on the 14 , a consideration for those of us with older homes with smaller garages. The current one is a nice size and can tow 5,000 pounds.

Bruce Finch

Hi Anonymous Coward, my wife too has a large "gaping mouth" but I still love her.

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