2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

2014_Toyota_Highlander_Hybrid_006

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.

More 2013 L.A. Auto Show Coverage  

Exterior

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. 

Interior

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.       

2014_Toyota_Highlander_Hybrid_001
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. 

Safety

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. 

Comments 

Frank

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.

Jeff

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

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

Chris

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

carma

Chris,
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).

Chris

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

carma

Chris,
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.

Post a Comment 

Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

  • If you don't want people to see your email address, simply type in the URL of your favorite website or leave the field empty.
  • Do not mention specific car dealers by name. Feel free to mention your city, state and brand.
  • Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers. This blog is not a fan or enthusiast forum, it is meant to help people during the car-buying process and during the time between purchases, so shoppers can keep a pulse on the market.
  • Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.
view posting rules

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com