Earlier today, the much-anticipated all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander was revealed at the New York Auto Show! The 2014 Toyota Highlander has been thoroughly overhauled with an all-new interior featuring room for eight occupants and an all-new sleeker exterior. Toyota is taking an upscale approach with the new Highlander’s interior, as well as adding more cargo room and standard features.
The old interior’s styling hasn’t been updated since 2008, so the revamp is a much-needed one. The outside was recently updated in 2011, so it received less attention than the interior, but that didn’t hold Toyota back from going all out with the new look. The roofline is lower for improved aerodynamics, while the overall length has grown 3 inches and the width by a half an inch. Toyota says rearward visibility is improved from larger rear quarter windows; forward visibility has also been improved with repositioned front A-pillars.
Toyota’s upscale interior additions include a soft-touch instrument panel on all Highlander trims, as well as reduced interior noise with acoustic glass and additional sound insulation materials. The 2014 Highlander’s cargo room behind the third row has increased 34%, which is a huge increase from the 2013 Highlander. The new interior has seating for up to eight with a second-row bench seat and seven with available captain’s chairs. The plus-one occupant count comes from the third row that now has room for three – helped by 4.3 more inches of width in the back. Toyota improved access to the third row with a one-step second-row sliding function that provides up to 3 more inches of access to the third row.
Newly standard features include a backup camera, hill start assist, Bluetooth with voice control, Toyota’s Entune multimedia system and a 6.1-inch touch-screen. Options include an 8-inch touch-screen and Toyota Entune with its app suite, leather seating, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic roof, upgraded JBL stereo and rear-seat entertainment system. The Highlander also receives newly available options like rear-parking sonar, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a pre-collision system.
Powering the 2014 Highlander are 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter six-cylinder engines; the non-hybrid V-6 has a new six-speed transmission said to improve acceleration and fuel economy over the five-speed from 2013. Gas mileage estimates are still under wraps. Toyota says the suspension and electronic power steering are also revised for a more dynamic driving experience.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander will arrive at All Star Toyota early 2014. Be sure to continue to check in at http://www.allstarautomotive.com/ to stay up-to-date on everything Toyota and the 2014 Highlander!
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