2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Gets New Look, Same Powertrain

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad
Toyota unveiled the third generation of its Highlander Hybrid mid-sized crossover at the 2013 LA Auto Show. The new car certainly is a looker, which is carried through the interior of the vehicle, but under the hood, things are a little familiar.

The new Highlander Hybrid is three-inches longer than before, but still looks sleek thanks to its expressive redesign. With bold new front and rear end designs, the Highlander Hybrid has far more personality than the last generation models.

Inside, there’s plenty of room for seven. Toyota boasts that the first two rows feature perforated leather, with drivers getting classy features like a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Second row passengers aren’t completely left out with snug captains chairs. The third row features a 60/40 split, and for those travelling with a full load of passengers, the new highlander features a 34-percent bigger trunk than the last model.

2013 LA Auto Show Coverage

Those looking for more luxury in the Highlander Hybrid will be treated to an array of available features like dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, panoramic moonroof, and a heated steering wheel.

Under the hood, the Highlander Hybrid remains very much the same. The crossover utilizes the same 3.5-liter V6 engine but just a single electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive is standard. Toyota won’t release too much information about the fuel efficiency of the new powertrain.

The Highlander Hybrid will start at $47, 300 meaning it will be $930 more than the last model. However, that pricey base price includes a few premium standard features including 19-inch alloys and a premium JBL audio system with navigation. There’s a fully loaded Platinum model which includes several driver assists and a panoramic moon roof. Toyota says the car will hit show rooms in early 2014.

GALLERY: 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid at LA Auto Show

GALLERY: 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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