2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Toyota Highlander, which debuted on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show, gets a subtle makeover and more interior space.
- New Highlander V6 models are upgraded with a six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the five-speed automatic transmission in the 2013 model.
- Convenience features include a revised rear liftgate with one-touch power open-and-close and driver-selectable memory height settings.
Pricing was not announced. The 2014 Highlander, which is built in Princeton, Indiana, will go on sale in early 2014.
2014 Toyota Highlander V6 models are upgraded with a six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the five-speed automatic transmission in the 2013 model.
Convenience features include a revised rear liftgate with one-touch power open-and-close and driver-selectable memory height settings.
Toyota says the Highlander's exterior has grown in length by approximately 3 inches, which presumably translates into a more comfortable seating arrangement for three rows of passengers. The crossover now has "increased spaciousness for up to eight people," said Toyota. The 2013 Highlander fits seven people.
Rear cargo space behind the third row has increased by up to 34 percent in the 2014 Highlander, according to the automaker.
The new interior features a soft-touch instrument panel, along with optional ambient lighting and second-row sunshades.
The 2014 Highlander is available with three carryover powertrains. Gas engine options include a 187-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. The 2014 Highlander Hybrid pairs a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with an electric motor. The combination delivers 280 net hp. All three send their power through a new six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Highlander competes in a crowded segment that includes the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Kia Sorento.
Edmunds says: The outgoing Toyota Highlander tried to squeeze three rows of seats into a relatively small package. But now that it's stretched, the tight fit should be eased.