The Toyota Highlander is totally redesigned for 2014, and we now have pricing for the redone crossover following its official debut at the 2013 New York auto show earlier this year. The standard 2014 Toyota Highlander LE starts at $30,060 (including destination charges), and the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid starts at $48,160 for the Limited model. These prices are up for all Highlander models compared with last year, with the increase ranging from $195 to $1700, depending on trim level, to reflect some features newly available on this redesigned three-row crossover.
The base price of the Toyota Highlander LE includes a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine putting its 185 horsepower through the front wheels only. This four-cylinder is available in the LE trim only, and stepping up to the 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 in the front-wheel-drive LE costs $1305 extra. Both four-cylinder and V-6 models come with a six-speed automatic as standard, and V-6 models are also available with all-wheel-drive for $1460 extra.
In addition to the base LE, trims include LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The LE comes standard with eight seats, alloy wheels, an Entune audio system with Bluetooth, a backup camera, a USB port, and keyless entry. The $33,600 LE Plus adds fog lights, a power driver’s seat, a power liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Next up is the $36,900 XLE model that gains keyless access and push-button start, leather seats that are heated up front, a sunroof, and an upgraded version of Entune with navigation and app support.
Starting at $40,500, the Highlander Limited includes larger chrome wheels, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a passenger power seat, a JBL audio system, and second-row captain’s chairs that reduce the seating capacity to seven. At the top of the 2014 Highlander range is the $42,960 Limited Platinum that is essentially a package on top of the Limited which adds a panoramic moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and a driver technology package with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system. The only significant option for the 2014 Highlander is a Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system that’s optional on XLE and Limited models and standard on Limited Platinum.
Toyota has also released more information about the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which only comes in two trims: the $48,160 Hybrid Limited and the $50,650 Hybrid Platinum. These prices are lofty, but these models do include equipment equivalent to the standard Highlander’s Limited and Limited Platinum trims. The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system continues mostly unchanged, with the 3.5-liter V-6 paired to an electric motor. All Highlander Hybrids come standard with AWD-i which uses another rear-mounted electric motor that can provide power to the rear wheels on demand.Total system power is 280 horsepower, and Toyota is estimating that EPA mileage ratings of 28/28/28 mpg (city/highway/combined) will continue unchanged from the previous Highlander Hybrid.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander starts arriving at dealers in January 2014, with the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid following shortly after in February.