Toyota has unveiled the all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander at the New York Auto Show. The new Highlander is now larger and has seating for up to 8 passengers.
Toyota has unveiled the all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander at the New York Auto Show. The new Highlander is now larger and has seating for up to 8 passengers. It also gets new technologies, more cargo room and continues to be offered with a four-cylinder, V6 or V6 hybrid powertrain.
The new Highlander features a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics and the exterior is approximately three inches longer while the width is increased one-half inch. From the front, Highlander’s hood merges with a redesigned trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlamps and deeply chiseled fenders for a more aggressive appearance. The length of the profile, from the front fenders to the rear quarter panels, boldly stands out with sculptured wheel wells at the corners, allowing for prominently protruding wheels. The total package is capped off by a newly designed rear lift-gate with one-touch power open/close and driver selectable memory height settings, and taillights and bumper that exude style and strength.
The 2014 Highlander’s interior has room for eight passengers and an overall interior width increase of 4.3 inches in the third-row and a standard recline function creates added comfort for up to three passengers. Like the second-row bench, the third-row will be 40/60 split for added passenger and storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by up to 34 percent for added storage.
The new Highlander will be available in three powertrains. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.5-liter V6 and the Hybrid Synergy Drive system that pairs the 3.5-liter V6 engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator. The four-cylinder is only available with front-wheel-drive, while the V6 and hybrid V6 can be equipped with all-wheel-drive.