Along with the debut of the 2014 Highlander Hybrid today at the LA Auto Show, Toyota has announced pricing for its new gas-powered Highlander crossover, which now starts at $29,215, marking a $195 increase over last year’s model.
The new Highlander features a sleek new design and is available in five trim levels. The base LE models features a 2.7L four-cylinder engine and is front-wheel drive. The LE comes standard with attractive 18-inch wheels, Entune Audio a backup camera, 60/40 split third row seats as well as air-conditioning, heated side mirrors and a windshield de-icer. Buyers can equip the LE model with a V6 or add all-wheel drive to the V6 engine for added capability.
The LE Plus model starts at $32,740 for front-wheel drive and adds fog-lights, a useful power-adjustable lift-gate, power driver seat, three-zone automatic climate control and leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive for an additional $1,460
Next up is the XLE trim, which includes everything from the LE and LE Plus models, but adds a smart-key with push button ignition, leather trimmed seats, roof rails, a moon-roof, sun-shades for the second row passengers and navigation as well as upgraded towing capability. The XLE trim starts at $36,040, while AWD models cost an additional $1,460.
The Limited trim level adds on the XLE model by including 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, captains seats for the second row and heated and vented drivers seat. Customers can add a rear seat entertainment system or a driver technology package which adds a number of driver assists like adaptive cruise control. Limited models start at $39,640.
The fully loaded Highlander is known as the Limited Platinum model, and comes with all the bells and whistles including the Driver Technology Package, a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, and heated second-row captain’s chairs. This Lexus-like trim costs a mere $42,130.
The Highlander has seen serious competition from the likes of the Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Santa Fe. Toyota seems to offer a number of trim levels catered to any family’s budget.
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