Like the outgoing model, the 2014 Toyota Highlander can seat seven passengers. Unlike the current model, equip it correctly and the 2014 Toyota Highlander can seat eight passengers. Storage in the rear, too, has been increased; the 2014 Highlander has 34 percent more cargo volume behind the third row. These are the benefits of growing up. And grow it has. The 2014 Highlander is 3 inches longer than the SUV it replaces.