All-new 2014 Toyota Highlander combines style, technology, comfort, safety

All-new 2014 Toyota Highlander combines style, technology, comfort, safety
Re-designed Toyota Highlander hood that merges with a new trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlights and deeply chiseled fenders.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander has revamped many of its systems and has more up-to-date styling, better handling and comes with a long list of new technological features, including blind-spot and rear cross-traffic cameras, and pre-collision and lane departure warning systems. The new features, along with Highlander’s affordability and spacious cabin, make it a great family SUV.

The all-new Highlander is a no-compromise mid-size three-row SUV that brings together the best in style, technology, comfort, capability and safety. Its exterior design conveys both refinement and strength, which complements a totally redesigned interior.

With three-row seating for up to eight, an array of standard features, a host of available in-cabin technologies, and increased cargo capacity, the new Highlander offers a nuanced balance of style, comfort and utility. The total package is capped off with three powertrain choices — a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a powerful V-6 with a new six-speed transmission and a V-6 powered Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.

Highlander has a progressive silhouette, a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics and sculptured side-door panels. The exterior is longer by about three inches, while width has increased a half inch, conveying a sleek and strong appearance.

From the front, Highlander’s hood merges with a redesigned trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlights and deeply chiseled fenders. In profile, the front fenders and rear quarter panels boldly stand out with sculptured wheel wells at the corners, allowing for prominently protruding wheels. The package is capped by a new heightadjustable rear lift-gate with an available one-touch power open/close and driver selectable memory height settings, and taillights and a bumper that exude strength.

Highlander’s body structure includes highstrength steel in the front pillars for increased rigidity. Visibility was improved through repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for the driver and a feeling of openness for passengers.

Refinement is enhanced through improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measures. Interior noise reduction is achieved through a 30 percent expansion of silencing insulation coverage in the floor areas. Acoustic-type glass is used for the windshield to help reduce noise entering the cabin, and even the panoramic moonroof design works to help reduce wind noise, even when the moonroof is open.

Vibration is minimized through expanded coverage of the dash silencer, enhancements to body sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic engine mounts. Improvements in the exhaust layout have been made for additional noise and vibration reduction.

The MSRP on the 2014 Toyota Highlander ranges from $29,215 to $49,790.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.

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