Just in time for the new year, Toyota confirms the official prices and specifications of the new Highlander in the American market. The big SUV with its sleek new exterior and refined new interior boasts greater standard features, and it’s more expensive than the outgoing version.
Starting at $29,215, the base 2014 Toyota Highlander is $195 dearer than the 2013 model. This price difference rises to $1,700 in more loaded models. A fully-loaded all-wheel-drive hybrid Highlander with the Platinum equipment package costs $49,790.
The engine lineup for the 2014 Toyota Highlander includes a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder (22 mpg combined) for the FWD models, while a 270-horsepower 3.5 liter V6 powers the majority of the models in the range (21 mpg combined). There is also a hybrid version that pairs the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for an output of 280 horsepower (28 mpg combined).
The Highlander features MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and available 19-inch alloys. Depending on the model, it also comes with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS).
AS for the safety gear, all 2014 Highlander’s will have eight standard airbags, standard Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. Backup camera and Hill-start Assist Control are also standard. New available safety and convenience features include rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Alert with Automatic High Beam Headlights, and a Pre-collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Finally, the standard kit on all models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Entune Audio featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, an integrated backup camera, seating for eight with second- and third-row 60/40 split fold-flat seats, heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, smart storage compartments like the roll-top center console, an in-dash shelf with easy access to power and USB ports, a windshield wiper de-icer, and much more.