"The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the best version of the three-row SUV, with strong, smooth power and excellent fuel economy — as long as you can afford its steep price," said Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger. Read the review for more.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
Toyota's redesigned 2014 Highlander performed respectably in our $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, finishing third behind the 2014 Dodge Durango and the winner, the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. One area where the Highlander desperately needed to impress families with its redesign was in cargo room behind the third row.
A puny 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row was increased to 13.8 cubic feet for 2014. For those hoping to get into a Highlander Hybrid, they'll be happy to hear that cargo room isn't sacrificed for the hybrid system's battery. Even with the newfound cargo space, the Highlander is still on the smaller side compared to many of the SUVs we tested in our SUV Challenge. See the animation below for how well common items fit into the Highlander Hybrid's cargo area.
The Problem: Improper software may have been installed in the airbag electronic control unit for the operation of the front passenger seat belt force limiter. As a result, the force limiter may use the restraint setting designed for smaller occupants, such as those who weigh about 110 pounds, regardless of an occupant's actual size. This could prevent a larger front seat passenger from being properly restrained, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners in mid-June, and dealers will install a software update in the airbag electronic control unit for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.
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