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The midsized Highlander SUV, redesigned for 2014, garners top scores in its class. It handles more responsively, the ride remains steady and compliant and the interior is spacious and quiet, with lots of storage nooks. A wider third row allows seating for up to eight, or seven with optional second-row captain's chairs. Its energetic V6 and six-speed automatic averaged a respectable 20 mpg. The new Hybrid version averaged 25 mpg. A four-cylinder is standard in front-wheel drive models. Both of the available infotainment systems are simple to use but some knobs are a bit of a reach. Access is easy front and rear and even a scramble to the third row is not too taxing.

See Reliability page for the latest 2014 Toyota Highlander recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. ESC available, standard from 2004. Side air bags available, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.

Road Test

Toyota Highlander's appeal lies in its functional and family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage and good road manners. Overall, the Highlander combines the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. Year after year, this fact has h...

Highs

  • Accommodating interior and simple controls make it easy to live with
  • Standard backup camera

Lows

  • Blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning technologies are only available with the top-level Limited trim -- but will be standard starting with the 2017 model year
  • Limited model will only seat seven

Best Version to Get

The XLE trim level offers the best combination of features and value, including standard leather upholstery, a moonroof, a navigation system, and a power tailgate. It also lets you choose between getting a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs. Our all-wheel drive XLE came to $38,941, which...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (280 hp)