The third-generation Toyota Highlander has arrived and it's looking better than ever, donning a new large trapezoid grille, sweeping headlamps, dramatic lines, and sizeable wheel wells. In addition to the modifications, the Highlander also sports a lower roofline in an effort to enhance aerodynamics and a slew of updated components, which contribute to the vehicle's latest design. A few key changes apparent across all new 2014 models include a refined interior, updated technologies, a new transmission on V-6 models and an available Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive function. These new and revised features show a different side to the Highlander and appeal to today's buyers. Read our short summary below to find out more about the 2014 Toyota Highlander near Orlando, then scroll down to discover additional details about its amenities.
With enough space to seat up to eight passengers, the 2014 Highlander is roomy in every aspect. There's sufficient leg and headroom throughout the cabin and interior width has expanded 4.3 inches in the third row, creating ample space for passengers. Premium, soft materials are also present within the cabin, along with silver, chrome and satin accents, giving the interior a high-end look. Newly updated technological features, such as Toyota's Entune infotainment system, add even more luxury to the Highlander's fresh design. The innovative Entune component is available through a standard six-inch touchscreen display and comes with both Bluetooth and voice recognition, while an upgraded eight-inch display with the Entune apps suite is optional. Additional new features for 2014 include blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sonar, a pre-collision system and lane departure alert.
Three distinct powertrain options are offered with the latest Highlander: a 2.7L four-cylinder engine, a 3.5L V-6 engine and a Hybrid Synergy Drive system (on Highlander Hybrid models). For the first time, the V-6, acknowledged in many 2014 Toyota Highlander reviews, comes matched with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shift, which helps increase fuel economy. An available Dynamic Torque Control AWD component, designed to decrease wheel slippage by redistributing torque when it occurs, is also new to the lineup and improves the driving experience.