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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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ew, gag me with a spoon

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        -- CURRENT MONTH --
      -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --     
                          2018
      2017
      DSR %
      VOL %
      2018
      2017
      DSR %
      VOL %
      TOTAL TOYOTA
      167,056
      143,048
      12.1
      16.8
      167,056
      143,048
      12.1
      16.8
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV
      149,142
      127,476
      12.3
      17
      149,142
      127,476
      12.3
      17
      TOTAL LEXUS
      17,914
      15,572
      10.4
      15
      17,914
      15,572
      10.4
      15
                        YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)
      2,132
      1,951
      4.9
      9.3
      2,132
      1,951
      4.9
      9.3
      YARIS LIFTBACK
      174
      1330
      -87.4
      -86.9
      174
      1,330
      -87.4
      -86.9
      TOTAL YARIS
      2,306
      3,281
      -32.5
      -29.7
      2,306
      3,281
      -32.5
      -29.7
      iQ
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      xD
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      xB
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      tC
      0
      72
      -100
      -100
      0
      72
      -100
      -100
      COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM)
      1,396
      1,460
      -8.2
      -4.4
      1,396
      1,460
      -8.2
      -4.4
      COROLLA SEDAN
      20,011
      20,107
      -4.5
      -0.5
      20,011
      20,107
      -4.5
      -0.5
      TOTAL COROLLA
      21,407
      21,567
      -4.7
      -0.7
      21,407
      21,567
      -4.7
      -0.7
      86 (INCL FR-S)
      317
      474
      -35.8
      -33.1
      317
      474
      -35.8
      -33.1
      MIRAI
      213
      83
      146.4
      156.6
      213
      83
      146.4
      156.6
      AVALON
      3,481
      2,503
      33.5
      39.1
      3,481
      2,503
      33.5
      39.1
      PRIUS
      6,943
      7,829
      -14.9
      -11.3
      6,943
      7,829
      -14.9
      -11.3
      CAMRY
      24,638
      20,313
      16.4
      21.3
      24,638
      20,313
      16.4
      21.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR
      59,305
      56,122
      1.4
      5.7
      59,305
      56,122
      1.4
      5.7
                        CT
      3
      393
      -99.3
      -99.2
      3
      393
      -99.3
      -99.2
      IS
      1,447
      1,423
      -2.4
      1.7
      1,447
      1,423
      -2.4
      1.7
      RC
      161
      447
      -65.4
      -64
      161
      447
      -65.4
      -64
      ES
      2,640
      2,171
      16.7
      21.6
      2,640
      2,171
      16.7
      21.6
      GS
      475
      422
      8.1
      12.6
      475
      422
      8.1
      12.6
      LS
      116
      280
      -60.2
      -58.6
      116
      280
      -60.2
      -58.6
      LC
      176
      0
      0
      0
      176
      0
      0
      0
      LFA
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      TOTAL LEXUS CAR
      5,018
      5,136
      -6.2
      -2.3
      5,018
      5,136
      -6.2
      -2.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA CAR
      64,323
      61,258
      0.8
      5
      64,323
      61,258
      0.8
      5
                        SIENNA
      8,548
      7,285
      12.6
      17.3
      8,548
      7,285
      12.6
      17.3
      C-HR
      3,946
      0
      0
      0
      3,946
      0
      0
      0
      RAV4
      26,655
      22,155
      15.5
      20.3
      26,655
      22,155
      15.5
      20.3
      FJ CRUISER
      1
      0
      0
      0
      1
      0
      0
      0
      VENZA
      0
      4
      -100
      -100
      0
      4
      -100
      -100
      HIGHLANDER
      15,484
      12,656
      17.5
      22.3
      15,484
      12,656
      17.5
      22.3
      4RUNNER
      9,669
      8,699
      6.7
      11.2
      9,669
      8,699
      6.7
      11.2
      SEQUOIA
      923
      1,146
      -22.7
      -19.5
      923
      1,146
      -22.7
      -19.5
      LAND CRUISER
      255
      272
      -10
      -6.3
      255
      272
      -10
      -6.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV
      56,933
      44,932
      21.6
      26.7
      56,933
      44,932
      21.6
      26.7
                        TACOMA
      16,712
      12,509
      28.3
      33.6
      16,712
      12,509
      28.3
      33.6
      TUNDRA
      7,644
      6,628
      10.7
      15.3
      7,644
      6,628
      10.7
      15.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP
      24,356
      19,137
      22.2
      27.3
      24,356
      19,137
      22.2
      27.3
      TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK
      89,837
      71,354
      20.9
      25.9
      89,837
      71,354
      20.9
      25.9
                        NX
      4,205
      2,964
      36.2
      41.9
      4,205
      2,964
      36.2
      41.9
      RX
      6,738
      5,520
      17.2
      22.1
      6,738
      5,520
      17.2
      22.1
      GX
      1589
      1418
      7.6
      12.1
      1,589
      1,418
      7.6
      12.1
      LX
      364
      534
      -34.6
      -31.8
      364
      534
      -34.6
      -31.8
      TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK
      12,896
      10,436
      18.6
      23.6
      12,896
      10,436
      18.6
      23.6
      TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK
      102,543
      81,790
      20.4
      25.4
      102,543
      81,790
      20.4
      25.4
      Selling Days
      25
      24
          25
      24
          DSR = Daily Selling Rate
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