The redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander has been priced, and while the LE and LE Plus trims don't get bumped up by much, higher-end trims have price tags up from $1480 to $1700. A four-cylinder 2014 Toyota Highlander LE starts at $30,075 including destination, while the new top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive 2014 Toyota Highlander Platinum Hybrid carries an MSRP of $50,650. The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is debuting at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show.
Even on the base-model 2014 Toyota Highlander LE ($125-$195 more than last year), seating for eight is standard equipment. Also standard is a rearview camera, Bluetooth, 18-inch alloy wheels, two years of complimentary maintenance, and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators. The car's 2.7-liter I-4 produces 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic, the 2014 Highlander LE I-4 is only offered with front-wheel drive. The LE V-6 starts at $31,380 and adds a 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with 248 lb-ft of torque. When we tested the last-generation Highlander in all-wheel-drive form with the same V-6 engine, it accelerated from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, quicker than five other SUVs in a six-vehicle comparison. All-wheel drive is a $1460 option on every trim except the base LE I-4.
Go for the $32,840 2014 Toyota Highlander LE Plus ($890-$900 more than last year) and you'll get fog lights, an adjustable-height power liftgate and flip-up rear hatch window, eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support, three-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Things get a bit more luxurious on the $36,900 XLE, which includes leather seats (heated in front), roof rails, a moonroof, hands-free keyless entry, second-row sunshades, an eight-inch touch-screen display with navigation, and a 5000-pound towing capacity. Second-row captains chairs -- making the Highlander a seven-seater instead of eight -- is optional, as is a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited costs $40,500 and throws in 19-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a blindspot monitoring system, rear parking sensors, seating for seven, perforated leather seats (heated/cooled in front), and a four-way power passenger seat, wile a panoramic moonroof and adaptive cruise control. The new Highlander Limited Platinum starts at $42,990 and includes a panoramic moonroof, a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, a heated steering wheel, and heated second-row captain's chairs.
At the very top of the 2014 Toyota Highlander lineup is the V-6 hybrid model, which pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 with a hybrid powertrain for a net 280 hp. Starting in the Limited trim, the hybrid carries an MSRP of $48,160. Standard equipment includes navigation, an eight-inch touch-screen display, a 12-speaker JBL Green Edge sound system, all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, and more. The $50,650 Platinum model includes the same equipment found on the Platinum V-6 model.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander arrives in dealerships in January while the hybrid will show up in February. The 2014 Toyota Highlander V-6 is shown below.