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Toyota Highlander gets a makeover to stay competitive The Globe and Mail

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The Toyota and its competitors have replaced the as the do-anything vehicle. But the Highlander had become dull and was lost in the sea of competitors, many of whom are in much larger numbers. A was called for.

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While the wheelbase is unchanged, the Highlander has grown 75 millimetres in 15 mm in width and is 30 mm lower. Repositioned a lower roofline and more side panels give it a aggressive look. While it be a stretch to call the new look a it certainly is more contemporary.

The 2014 Highlander will in Canadian showrooms in late in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels a hybrid version trailing by a or two. The LE comes with drive but is available with drive. The new on-demand system, on the RAV4 is standard on the XLE and Limited.

All three-row seating with a in the middle row on LE and XLE and captain’s chairs in the Ease of access to the third-row has been improved and there are for three occupants, but it remains for occasional use by small people.

The update is clean, contemporary and with a horizontal layout, display screens and tidy But a shelf that runs quarters of the width of the vehicle, the dash, will garner the attention. It has a hole where can be passed through to inputs on the console to charge or power

Another unique feature on the up-level audio/navigation systems. Easy Speak allows occupants to address those in the row through a microphone in the headliner and in the rear, bringing new meaning to at the kids.

There is storage in the centre console big enough for a and 30 per cent more storage behind the third row. The is electrically operated on all but the base and can be set to three levels for those of stature or plagued by a low garage

The four-cylinder engine is no longer in Canada. All 2014 Highlanders come with the corporate V-6 carried over unchanged. In the it runs on the fuel-saving Atkinson and is paired with a trio of motors.

A six-speed automatic the five-speed in the outgoing model, the hybrid uses a continuously transmission.


On the road, the Highlander for its refinement, ride quality and low levels. This is a tall, vehicle and will never be with a sports car, but it is the most civilized and comfortable in its thanks to the Camry underpinnings and to the springs, shock absorbers and steering. The Highlander is meant for more interested in car-like than tackling back-wood

The V-6 does not leave an impression of power or performance. The better would be “more than The Highlander is a heavy vehicle, the scales at more than two and the new version weighs 45 kilograms than the outgoing version due to its size and additional strengthening to noise, vibration and harshness.

Toyota says the new transmission and system make a major to improving fuel mileage by 10 to 12 per There was no opportunity to test numbers during this drive.

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It pioneered SUV-like on a car platform, leading to the CUV designation, but the is surrounded by competition. This should enable it to maintain its spot in the middle of the pack. But is nothing special that allow it to gain ground on the big

2014 Toyota Highlander

mid-size CUV

Base price:

Engines: 3.5-litre V-6 and hybrid 3.5-litre V-6 and electric motor.

Horsepower/torque: 3.5 V-6 270-hp/248-lb.ft.

Transmission: automatic.

Drive: front or

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