Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

The venerable Highlander has been a strong seller for Toyota since its debut back in 2001, when it helped usher in the era of uni-body crossovers. Back then, the Highlander represented a solid alternative to the mundane four-door sedan with its higher ground clearance, upright view of the road and tidy dimensions. Five passengers and a decent amount of cargo could trudge though snow or down wooded paths with more confidence than in a Camry , thanks to the available all-wheel drive. The little CUV That Could embodied the premise of the whole crossover craze; combining the on-road manners of a car with SUV -like capabilities in a smart package.

The Highlander moved into its second generation in 2008, and received a mid-life refresh in 2010. Those changes helped it stay competitive, but the time has come for the next generation. Enter: the all-new 2014 Highlander.

Everything inside and out has a new look. Sharper, crisper lines make the CUV more manly and rugged, while its overall look still labels it as civilized. It rides on the same wheelbase but has grown some three inches, giving more rear passenger legroom.

An eight-passenger configuration is available on mid-level trims, and a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 can send power to all four wheels when the right option boxes are checked. Both the four-cylinder and hybrid models return for 2014, but with improved fuel economy.

I had the chance to drive the Highlander through the “snowpocalypse of 2014” along the icy streets of Charleston, South Carolina, as the town suffered its first snowfall in years.

Click past the jump for our 2014 Toyota Highlander review

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A few days ago, Toyota previewed its "Muppets" commercial that was set for air during this year’s Super Bowl on February 2nd. Today, the company revealed the full commercial, which features the 2014 Toyota Highlander , Terry Crews and the Muppets.

The commercial, called "Joyride," shows Terry Crews — star of the FOX series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and former NFL player — driving his Highlander until his ride is invaded by the little Muppets. Just like most other Muppet capers, it also includes an original song. This time around, Crews joins in with a little dance of his own...

"Our game-day spot shows how Toyota Highlander puts the ’fun’ in function," said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "Toyota vehicles are built to last and can even endure the most boisterous Muppets, a former NFL player as well as a center console full of chickens."

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is on sale at a price of $29,215.

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This year’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will kick off on February 2nd, 2014, and part of the spectacle will be all of the car commercials during the breaks. Until we’ get to see the real commercials, automakers are teasing us with previews of the commercial that will air during the game.

Recently, Volkswagen teased its Algorithm commercials, and now Toyota has revealed a teaser video for the commercials it will air during Super Bowl XLVIII.

The stars of Toyota’s commercial this year will be the 2014 Highlander and "Everybody Hates Chris" star Terry Crews, and according to the company, the idea behind the commercial was: "one boring man, in a world full of boring choices, makes a stop that will change his life forever. In the all-new Toyota Highlander, the Big Game will be anything but boring."

Check out this teaser video to see what Toyota will bring this year at the Super Bowl XLVIII.

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After teasing us with a few images,Toyota has finally unveiled the new-generation Highlander mid-size SUV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new generation combines a sleek exterior look with a refined, premium interior and a new six-speed automatic with sequential shift on V-6 models.

With its new exterior look, the new Highlander tries to combine both refinement and strength,. Helping achieve this is an interior that offers three-row seating that carries up to eight passengers. The model offers design elements we have already seen in the RAV4, like the redesigned trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlamps and the new hood.

Customers still have to choose between a four-cylinder or a V-6 powertrain, while those interested in fuel consumption can also opt for the hybrid powertrain.

The all-new Highlander will be put on sale in early 2014.

Updated 03/27/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 12/16/2013: Toyota announced today prices for the 2014 Highlander that goes on sale later this month. The hybrid version will arrive at Toyota dealerships in February 2014. Prices will start from $29,215 for the standard version and from $47,300 for the hybrid version.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2014 Toyota Highlander.

The Toyota Highlander entered production in 2000 and, in 2007, Toyota was already offering the second generation of the SUV. Being the first car-based midsize SUV or midsize crossover offered in North America, the Highlander soon became one of the most successful models on the market, setting the industry standard for car-based SUVs in innovation, comfort, and sales.

The second generation revealed in 2007 was significantly larger, roomier, and more powerful than the previous Toyota Highlander. It is noticeably quieter, smarter, and more spacious with improved unprecedented versatility and ride comfort. It is powered by a new 3.5-liter V6 with dual independent variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that delivers a total of 270 HP - a 55 HP increase over the previous generation. This engine delivers an impressive fuel economy of 31 city and 27 highway, making the Highlander the most-fuel efficient mid-size SUV.

Hit the jump to read more about the second generation Toyota Highlander.

The 2011 Toyota Highlander is here and the Japanese company has upgraded this year’s model with new exterior styling, new technologies, an improved interior, and updated engines. The 2011 Highlander will be offered in Base, SE, and Limited grades in both two-wheel (2WD) and full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD). Prices for Highlander will begin at $27,390 for the base four-cylinder two-wheel drive model; $33,150 for the SE V6 two-wheel drive, and $36,345 for the Limited V6 four wheel-drive model.

The 2011 Highlander looks like much better than the old model. This year, the Highlander will get a new front fascia, hood and fenders, redesigned headlights and tail lamps, and newly designed wheels to bump up the benefits in the look s department. New technologies will include a backup monitor with 3.5-inch multi-information display, an eight-way power drivers seat, tonneau cover, engine immobilizer, easy-clean fabric interior, flip-up liftgate window, fog lamps, and black roof rails.

Under the hood there will be a choice of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 HP or a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 HP.

Press release after the jump.

The Toyota Highlander was first unveiled in 2000 and it wasn’t until 2008 that the second generation went on sale. Now, in apparent record time for the Highlander, the crossover will be receiving its first major facelift. The new 2011 Highlander will make its debut later this month at the Moscow Motor Show and will go on sale later this year.

The model will come with a redesigned front fascia that includes new headlights, a new grille with two horizontal lines instead of three, and the front bumper. While there are no details on the car’s specifications we expect to see a 273 HP 3.5 liter V6 engine under the hood and a 2.7 liter four-cylinder unit for the American market. A hybrid version will also be unveiled.

We have to inform you that even if you are looking at the European version, the exact same model will also be offered for the North American market. So what you see, is what you get!

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Toyota has confirmed that Russia and the Ukraine will be getting the Highlander crossover , according to AutoBlog. Why should we care about those places? Well, the new look Highlander that will be unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show on August 25 will most likely be the one that we’ll get as well.

The new Highlander looks pretty good compared to the dull design of the old model. The bodylines are pronounced and the conservative front fascia is gone, having been replaced by an aggressive looking nose with bits of chrome here and there. We have only seen the front of the vehicle since there aren’t any official photos of the rear, but we would expect that to have the same characteristics as well.

Toyota has not confirmed that we are getting this same machine, but we would imagine that it would look similar to what you see above. With only three places in the world building these vehicles, it would be hard to imagine different models for different countries.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but when we find out more we’ll pass the info along.

Source: Autoblog
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According to AutoNews, Japanese automaker Toyota plans to move all of the Highlanders’ production to Indiana. This move is going to be made in order to localize the production of the vehicle for North America, as well as reduce the companies chances of being affected by exchange rates.

Highlander production has been in Indiana since last fall, but the company was still importing from a plant in Kyushu, Japan. These imports account for 17 percent of all Highlanders sold in the United States. Toyota now plans to stop the importation of vehicles and produce the SUV solely in Indiana, said Toyota spokesperson Paul Nolasco to AutoNews.

“This is part of our continuing trend to build more product where we sell,” Nolasco said.

So what is the affect of building its cars only in Indiana, rather than half and half? Simple, Toyota won’t be affected by rapidly fluctuating exchange rates.

Nolasco could not say when the shift would be complete, but in Japan, the Nikkan Kohyo business newspaper has reported that production of Highlanders will stop at Toyota’s Kyushu plant in August. The report also said that the production of the SUV in Indiana would increase to 2,000 units a month.

Sales of the Highlander were up 24 percent to 27,072 units in the first four months of 2010 and if this trend continues, this decision could be a wise one in terms of saving money.

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When we first received the Toyota Highlander into the Top Speed test fleet we immediately noticed just how big the Salsa Red Pearl crossover from Japan really is. Even our base model Highlander came rather well equipped, and is the perfect new car for a growing family on a budget. The Highlander that Toyota chose for us to drive is representative of the automaker’s high quality economical transportation options.

The CUV came with everything you need to get the job done, like third row seating and plenty of interior space to go along with the comfortable ride, minus a few of the pricey creature comforts that the segment has become synonymous with; keeping the new car’s price well in the affordable range. On the outside, everything about the Highlander is big, like the oversized grill and machined six spoke alloys measuring 17 inches in diameter, giving the crossover a more powerful presence rather than a playful persona, unlike the majority of the CUV field. Meanwhile the interior is spacious and wrapped in cloth continuing the cost effective crossover theme.

Although Toyota offers both V6 and Hybrid equipped Highlanders, under the hood our car came equipped with a rather large 2.7 Liter VVT-i four cylinder engine cranking out 187 HP and a gas sipping six speed automatic transmission that is good for 20 MPG in the city and as much as 27 MPG at highway speeds. The package is more than enough to scoot the nearly two ton crossover around town comfortably, all for under $26,000.

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