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New York Auto Show: 2014 Toyota Highlander

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By William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

March 27, 2013

Toyota pulled the covers off the third-generation 2014 Highlander today at New York Auto Show.

The Highlander's exterior is much more muscular than the outgoing model with a large grille, pointy headlights, and slab sides, and large, blocky flared fenders. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, while nineteen-inch wheels are optional.

Compared to the outgoing Highlander, the 2014 Highlander is 2.7 inches longer and 0.6 inches wider. That means there is 34% more cargo room and the third row is 4.3-inches wider, making it a more livable space. You have the choice of either seating for seven or eight people.

Standard equipment will include a back-up camera, Hill-start Assist Control, 6.1-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune infotainment system, and Bluetooth.

Engine choices are the same as the outgoing Highlander. They are a 2.7L four-cylinder as the base and a optional 3.5L V6. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission which should improve fuel economy numbers by one or two MPGs. A Highlander Hybrid will also be available.

The 2014 Highlander arrives at dealers in early 2014.

Source: Toyota

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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Here's what Toyota does very well: Puts unattractive, in-cohesive, messy design language to the top of the American sales charts. This Highlander carries on the tradition quite well with the new Tundra and RAV-4.

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Seems they are wanting to go head to head with the Dodge Durango in terms of features and people hauling.

I take the sexy Durango over this ugly slab.

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The overall shape isn't bad, in fact at first balance I thought it looked pretty good, but in typical Toyota fashion they botch the details. Especially how the head and taillights aren't flush with the sheet metal, they just stick out there, and I hate that. I also don't like the chrome eyebrows on the headlights. LEDs may be all the rage, but they look better than chrome.

Also that grill looks like two different designs stacked on each other. Look at the massive gaps around the chrome strip that connects the monobrow, and how the chrome outline of the lower grill ends at the headlights.

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That's just terrible.

As for the interior, it's a typical Toyota mess of different design ideas thrown in a blender.

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