2014 Toyota Highlander Debuts in New York

Toyota revealed an all new 2014 Toyota Highlander at the New York auto show. With new styling and three different powertrain options, it is sure to be a top seller in the mid-size crossover segment.

2014 Toyota Highlander Debuts in New York

The 2014 Toyota Highlander debuted at the New York Auto Show. Photo Credit: Autoblog.com

The Toyota Highlander has been a top seller for Toyota in the mid-size crossover segment. This new version is expected to continue to meet consumer’s storage/space needs while delivering great fuel economy.

With the third-generation model, Toyota has decided to offer three different powertrain options including a base 2.7-L 4cyl with a six-speed automatic. There will also be a 3.5-L V-6 with the same transmission which can be front or all-wheel-drive. Lastly, a Hybrid will be offered with an all-wheel-drive, electronic motor mated 3.5-L V-6 with a continuously variable transmission.

The exterior is much more crisp and tighter than previous versions. It is also a bit larger than previous models with about 3 inches of added length. It is also an 1 1/2″ wider. Interestingly, the roof line is lower even with the added dimensions.

This extra length and width translates into better seating and more room for fitting eight people in it. This should quiet the criticism previous models have received for not comfortably seating more than four.

Also new in this model include interior upgrades like touch-point padding, standard Bluetooth and a backup camera.

Toyota says the 2014 Highlander preliminary specifications are:

POWERTRAIN
2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive System: Front-Wheel-Drive

3.5-liter V6 engine with VVT-i
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive System: Front- and All-Wheel-Drive

Hybrid Synergy Drive with 3.5-liter V6 Engine and Electric Motor
Transmission: Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Drive System: All-Wheel-Drive

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Overall Length: 191.1
Overall Width: 75.8
Overall Height: 68.1
Wheelbase: 109.8
Ground clearance: 8.0-inches
Wheels: 18-inch alloy wheels
19-inch alloy wheels (Limited)
Tire Size: 18-inch: 245/60R18 (LE and XLE)
19-inch: 245/55R19 (Limited)

Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs. (V6 only)

Seating Capacity: 7 or 8

Like most new car releases, MPG estimates and pricing are yet to be determined.

Written by Tim Esterdahl