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World Debut of Next-Generation Toyota Highlander SUV at 2013 New York Auto Show to Include Live Webcast
Toyota will stage the world debut of the all-new 2014 Highlander mid-size SUV at a press conference at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at 9:10 a.m. Eastern Time in the Galleria Level 4 at the Jacob Javits Center.

The global reveal of the all-new Highlander will be broadcast live via Livestream at: http://new.livestream.com/toyota/NY2013 and will be available for continuous replay immediately after the press conference.


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2014 Toyota Highlander Review
http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1312_2014_toyota_highlander_review/
The 2014 Highlander is a modest evolution, an enhancement or refinement of a product that already works well in the marketplace. Toyota hopes the changes result in a 10-percent sales increase next year, which is reasonable though the SUV market has never been more competitive. With a range of price points, starting at $30,075 for the base model and stretching up to the hybrid, (starting at $48,160), the Highlander faces off against the Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe. After spending a full day driving the new Highlander, we can affirm it is competitive in this segment, and yes, it is absolutely family friendly—even more so than before—if that’s possible. The changes are not groundbreaking, but they’re enough to keep pace with the crowd and maintain sales momentum. That should be more than enough to satisfy Toyota executives and their loyal customers.
First Drive: 2014 Toyota Highlander
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1312_2014_toyota_highlander_first_drive/
Toyota’s Newest People-Mover Hopes To Shake Up A Bogus Segment

That’s the story of the refreshed, third-gen Highlander in a nutshell: It isn’t bad. It’s not particularly interesting, wonderful, game-changing, groundbreaking, innovative, a swing for the fences, or even class-leading. But it’s not a bad trucklike people-mover. The new Highlander is easier on the eyes; the interior has been jazzed up a touch; and the big girl doesn’t seem to wobble around as much as the last one did. Toyota achieved its goals. I just wish it had aimed higher. Maybe one day customers will wake up and realize what a bogus segment this is, and learn to love the minivan.
2014 Toyota Highlander Review
http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/toyota/2014-toyota-highlander-review-3632.html
Great Scott! The Highlander Goes from Bland to Bold

The Verdict


As with previous generations, the new Highlander is an efficient, functional vehicle that’s perfect for families that don’t want a minivan. The 2014 model is also nicer looking and better to drive than ever; in classic Toyota fashion it will probably withstand the test of time for a very long time.

But is all of that enough? The Nissan Pathfinder is just as stylish and versatile; Mazda’s CX-9 is likely more entertaining to drive (though rather dated now) and the Ford Explorer offers a bonkers 365 horsepower EcoBoost V6. Viewed through the lens of competition the Highlander is still pretty cautious.

However, if any company has proven that conservative sells it’s Toyota. Look at how many Camrys they deliver each year. Executives project the company will sell 140,000 of these new Highlanders in the United States next year. And that sounds totally reasonable; through November of this year they’ve delivered more than 115,000 copies of the outgoing model.
2014 Toyota Highlander drive review
http://www.autoweek.com/article/20131217/CARREVIEWS/131219928
Family hauler seats eight, gets 28 mpg for hybrid

Do I want one?


The 2014 Highlander LE starts at $30,075 with the four-cylinder; the basic V6 jumps to $31,380. The Limited tops out at $42,000, with all-wheel drive. The hybrid is the most expensive, at $48,160, including destination.

Those prices line up the SUV closely with the Chevy Traverse and Mazda CX-9, though the Mazda only tops out in the mid-30K range. The Mazda is definitely the sportiest of the three, but the Highlander is an easy second.

Even though the third row in the Highlander is small, we still would put the vehicle atop the family hauler list. Some of the more clever features include a parcel shelf in front that has a pass-through hole for power cords. It also gets the secondary rearview mirror to check on the kids, in addition to Driver Easy Speak, which allows the driver to talk through an amplifying microphone to the passengers in the last row. My co-driver and I had plenty of fun yelling at our imaginary kids: “Shut up back there or we'll turn this Highlander around!”

We think the sheetmetal took a big step up on this new model, though the final verdict is up to you. The entire front fascia was restyled, now sporting huge headlights that wrap around the sides. The rear was revamped as well, adding a more contemporary look.

If your family has five or six, or is looking to add some kids, the Highlander will do just fine. And the hybrid's 28 mpg combined is nothing to sneeze at. Whether you pick it over the multitude of other midsize SUVs, is up to you.
First Drive > 2014 Toyota Highlander
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/17/2014-toyota-highlander-review-first-drive/
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Pricing for the Highlander starts at $29,215 (plus $860 destination) and climbs all the way up to a whopping $49,790 for a Hybrid with all of the bells and whistles. Interestingly, Toyota says that household income for Hybrid buyers is nearly double that of standard Highlander shoppers. Perhaps that's why Toyota has decided it can get away with offering the greener crossover in premium-only form and charging almost $50,000 for it. The markup makes for an unfortunate reality that Hybrid buyers will probably never make their money back in gas savings. But, hey, being eco-friendlier always requires at least a little sacrifice, right?

Toyota says that the XLE will be its most popular trim level. The XLE I tested, which was in addition to a Limited, Hybrid and LE, came with a few extra options, such as navigation, and cost a middle-of-the-road $40,170.

All in all, the Highlander's combination of safety, comfort, space, attractive styling and predictable driving dynamics makes it a solid candidate for the family on the go. It's still not a terribly exciting vehicle, and it never will be, but Toyota's strategy of keeping the Highlander close to its roots while making improvements both inside and out means it will continue to play an important role in the lives of men, women and children across the nation. Even though it may never get the recognition it truly deserves.
2014 Toyota Highlander: First Drive
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/12/2014-toyota-highlander-first-drive.html
Fast forward to 2014, and you can't call the Highlander boring looking any longer. The Highlander's ho-hum appearance is transformed with for 2014 with a beefier stance, bulging fenders and bold front styling. Its presence was big on the 2013 New York International Auto Show floor where it debuted, and it looks just as good rolling down the California roads on which I recently drove the 2014 during a media drive event.

Part of the transformation includes dialing up the interior styling while adding thoughtful features for modern families who need more room for cargo, people (now standard seating for eight) and an assortment of technology that families desire. The redesign checklist also included a revised driving experience that Toyota was convinced it had to enhance.

That new driving experience isn't the car's most appealing attribute, however, even with an assortment of promising new chassis and suspension improvements, so it's good the new SUV does so many other things well. It is exceptionally family friendly, packed with new features and versatility including — finally — more cargo room behind the third row.
 

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