2014 Toyota Highlander Info Specs Changes
The striking redesign of Toyota Highlander for the 2014 model year has a bold, sporty new look and family friendly improvements. Compared to the old Highlander, this new-generation crossover offers plethora of advanced technological features, increased spaciousness and comfort. The enhancements that Toyota has made both inside and out of 2014 Toyota Highlander, produced a reliable and practical vehicle with attractive styling, interior quality and array of technologies.
Interior and Exterior of new 2014 Toyota Highlander
2014 Toyota Highlander features modern exterior styling with a lowered roofline, which improves the aerodynamics, bulging fenders, huge front grille, stiffened body and bigger wheels with 18-inch base rollers. When it comes to the interior appearance, the biggest change to the 2014 Highlander is increased cabin room and 30% more cargo space. As it is about three inches longer and a half-inch wider then the older model, Toyota added an extra seat in the third row and facilitated ingress and egress. Some other improvements to the interior include softer surfaces on the dash and doors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, soft, wide front seats and a sliding second row.
2014 Toyota Highlander Changes
Numerous technological improvements to this 2014 Toyota Highlander include an advanced voice recognition system, a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 6.1-inch touch-screen, adaptive cruise control, increased sound insulation with under-carpet soundproofing and acoustic windshield that keep out road and wind noise. Along with the standard safety options, the 2014 Toyota Highlander offers a blind-spot monitor, auto high-beams, electronic brake-force distribution, rear cross-traffic alert, pre-collision and lane-departure warning system.
2014 Highlander Specs
The 2014 Toyota Highlander’s powertrains haven’t change much in comparison to the previous year. The base engine is 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 makes 270 hp. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, while the towing capacity remains at 5000 pounds. Fuel economy is between 19 mpg and 20 mpg in the all-wheel-drive. Although the vehicle absorbs bumps and holes well, it tilts heavily when speeding in curves. Prices for the Highlander range from just under $30,000 for the base version, $45,000 for fully-optioned SUV to $50,000 for Highlander Hybrid.
Every generation of the Highlander has had a hybrid version. This third Hybrid generation offers fuel economy, safety and generous interior space and abundant storage space. The maximum passenger capacity is seven, as there are three seats in the third row and a pair of captain’s chairs in the second one. The Hybrid is still powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors, producing 280 horsepower. The list of apps include Pandora Radio, iHeartRadio, USB and iPod connectivity, Driver Easy Speak feature, Entune system.
Release date of 2014 Toyota Highlander
The release date for the third-generation XU50 series Highlander was the beginning of 2014, while the hybrid version arrived in mid-February.
All in all, due to the progress that Toyota made on 2014 Toyota Highlander – interior styling, advanced technology, 13.5 cubic feet of cargo room, seating for eight, numerous storage compartments – this family vehicle is a great value for money.