One of the stars of the recent New York Auto Show was the 2014 Toyota Highlander, which made its first official public appearance and showed off a significant front to rear revamp. As far as first impressions go, the 2014 Highlander seems to have everything it needed to make a pretty big impact in the family crossover segment.
As far as dimensions go, the 2014 Highlander sports a larger exterior design which adds a good 7-inches onto the outgoing model, but the extra girth doesn’t actually add up to a roomier interior – it’s pretty much the same size indoors as last time around. This means seating for up to eight passengers along three rows, with those in the second row sporting a variety of optional comfort features.
There’s also the option for two second row captain’s chairs.
While passenger room remains largely unchanged, the 2014 Highlander ups the ante in terms of boot spaces – something this particular market segment never fails to respond kindly to.
Moving on to the meat and veg of the package, the entry-level 2014 Toyota Highlander will be offered with the same four-cylinder 2.7-liter engine as found in the 2014 RAV4, with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Toyota will also be offering up a pair of V6 engine options – one of which being the 270BHP 3.5-liter V6 found in the 2013 Highlander.
And for those hedging their bets with the eco-crowd, there’s also the 2014 Highlander hybrid that adds an electric motor to the standard V6 powertrain and comes as an all-wheel drive configuration.
Driver aids and safety features have also been revamped for the 2014 model year – the new Highlander comes with a rear-view camera, hill-start assist and eight airbags as standard, with optional extras including blind spot monitors, parking assist and lane departure warning systems.
Exact price and release date details for the 2014 Mitsubishi Highlander are yet to be announced by the automaker.