2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander
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2024 Toyota Grand Highlander and Grand Highlander Hybrid Review: There Can Be Only Two

Three-row SUVs are quickly becoming some of the most popular cars for families, but many fail to provide adequate space for the number of seats they offer. To make up for the shortcomings of its Highlander in the face of stiff competition from the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, the midsize 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is more than six inches longer and boasts improved third-row legroom and cargo capacity. It also offers three different powertrain setups, including a gas engine and two hybrid options. The most powerful supplies an impressive 362 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque while still managing decent fuel economy. However, we'll have to wait to see if consumers can look past the higher price of the Grand Highlander and appreciate it for its impressive list of features and high-quality interior.

Summary

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New for 2024

The new Toyota Grand Highlander SUV joins the brand's already impressive lineup as a larger and more modern alternative to the regular Highlander, with three rows of seats, space for eight passengers, and loads of cargo room. Buyers are given the choice of gas or hybrid powertrains.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Price: Which One to Buy

The starting price of the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is a bit higher than its direct rivals, with the XLE selling for $43,070 with a gas engine or $44,670 with a hybrid setup. Similarly, the Limited asks for $47,860 or $51,060, respectively. However, there is also a Hybrid Max Limited with a more powerful engine that will cost you $54,040 MSRP. With a gas powertrain, the Platinum starts at $53,545, but it can also make use of the top hybrid engine for $58,125 in Hybrid Max Platinum guise. Both XLE trims and the gasoline Limited can switch from FWD to AWD at an additional cost of $1,175. These prices do not take into account the $1,395 destination charge or any other administrative fees.

If you can afford it, the Limited Max is very alluring, sporting the most powerful engine in the lineup and a good list of standard features. However, the best value is probably the regular Limited Hybrid, which sticks with the less powerful engine but makes up for it with excellent fuel economy. It also gets almost all the same tech as the Max. However, you wouldn't be doing yourself a disservice if you settle for the XLE Hybrid, as it has all the same driver-assistance features and a lot more comforts than you'd expect from an entry-level model.

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Interior and Features

The interior of the Grand Highlander is not just more spacious than its smaller sibling but rather more luxurious and well-equipped, too.

Unlike the regular Highlander, the Grand Highlander has even more interior space, making it less of a problem when three rows of seats are squeezed in. However, there is also some extra room left over for more trunk volume. As for how it looks, the Grand Highlander feels worth the price with a good smattering of features and high-quality materials, even on the base trim. Touch points along the dashboard are coated in soft materials, making it more pleasant to interact with the large touchscreen or key physical controls on the central console. Everything is well integrated for ease of access when driving.

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Thanks to its longer body and savvy cabin design, the Grand Highlander actually has enough room to fit adults in each of its three rows.

Space

The secret to a spacious interior definitely seems to be not skimping when it comes to the overall size of the vehicle. Thanks to its extra length and longer wheelbase, the Grand Highlander's interior can more easily accommodate three rows of seats so that the first two rows are especially pleasant with loads of head- and legroom. You still have to sacrifice some comfort in the third row, but adults should be comfortable enough for short trips or longer ones with regular stops - third-row legroom is class-leading in the Grand Highlander. However, headroom is somewhat restrictive in the back, so taller folks may need to stretch more than just their legs. Accessing the rear of the cabin is made easier with the option of captain's chairs, but getting inside is generally simple thanks to the high roof and floor. Visibility is good aside from the large C-pillar, as the B-pillar is transparent glass.

Cargo

It can be difficult to balance passenger space with cargo space, but the Grand Highlander does the job well. Even with all the seats upright, there is a respectable 20.6 cubic feet trunk on offer. Fold the rear-most seats down and treat it like a five-seater if you need the impressive 57.9 cubic feet available. Of course, both back rows can be folded down if you need to move particularly large amounts of cargo with the 97.5 cu-ft area created.

Similar to other family-centric eight-seaters, the Highlander supplies a lot of cupholders - 13 to be exact - along with sizeable door pockets, an armrest cubby for larger items, and a glove compartment.

Toyota Grand HighlanderHyundai PalisadeKia Telluride
Seating
7/8 Seater7/8 Seater7/8 Seater
Headroom (with sunroof)
40 in. front
38.5 in. middle
37.2 in. rear
39.3 in. front
38.8 in. middle
37.2 in. rear
39.5 in. front
40.2 in. middle
38.1 in. rear
Legroom
41.7 in. front
39.5 in. middle
33.5 in. rear
44.1 in. front
42.4 in. middle
31.4 in. rear
41.4 in. front
42.4 in. middle
31.4 in. rear
Cargo
20.6 - 97.5 ft³18 - 86.4 ft³21 - 87 ft³
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Materials and Colors

The interior of the Highlander is outfitted with high-quality materials as standard. Base models get Softex leatherette in a choice of Black or Light Gray. From the Limited up, you get genuine leather in the same interior colors, though the Platinum adds Portobello to the palette. The trim switches from silver-painted panels in the lower trims to wood-effect panels in the Limited and Platinum, each with their own style. The Hybrid Max trims differ from the rest of the range as they make use of leather and Ultraseude upholstery and have gloss-black panels on the dash and doors, along with bronze trim accents.

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Plush leatherette is the very worst you can expect to find inside, with Ultrasuede and premium leather used in the upper trims.

Features and Infotainment

Toyota equips the Grand Highlander with an impressive suite of standard features, including tri-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a ten-way power driver's seat and an eight-way passenger seat (both are heated), a seven-inch driver-information display, a smart key with push-button start, and 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment. The latter is programmed with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as SiriusXM, all channeled through a six-speaker sound system. Seven USB ports and two 12-volt power outlets help keep your devices charged.

The Limited enlarges the digital instrument cluster to a 12.3-inch display and adds ambient lighting, driver-seat memory, first-row ventilation, heated second-row seats, a pair of 120-volt outlets, and an 11-speaker JBL sound system. Moving up to the Platinum nets you LED lighting in the trunk, a ten-inch head-up display, a digital rearview camera, and ventilated second-row seats. A panoramic moonroof is standard on the top-tier Platinum trims but available to any other.

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The standard feature offering is extensive, including luxuries like tri-zone climate control and heated front seats.
XLELimitedPlatinum
Tri-zone climate control
Heated front seats
12.3-inch infotainment display
Heated and ventilated second-row seats
Panoramic sunroof
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Performance

Acceleration is steady no matter the powertrain you choose, but the Max Hybrid engine really makes the hefty SUV feel lively.

There are three different engine setups for the Toyota Grand Highlander. On the gas front, you get a 2.4-liter turbo-four that develops 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is regulated by an eight-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels as standard, though AWD can be optioned on the XLE and Limited, while it is standard for the Platinum. The Hybrid XLE and Limited make use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an eCVT that makes a combined 245 hp and 175 lb-ft. The XLE gets a choice of FWD or AWD, while the Limited gets an all-wheel drivetrain as standard. Lastly, there are the Hybrid Max trims, which receive the 2.4-liter turbo-four hybrid powerplant boasting 362 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both trims are AWD and come equipped with a six-speed auto gearbox.

The gas and Max trims can tow 5,000 pounds, while the regular hybrids have a towing capacity of 3,5000 lbs. In terms of performance, the Toyota Grand Highlander goes from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds with the gas engine, 7.8 seconds with the base hybrid, and 6.3 seconds with the turbo-hybrid engine. Top speed is limited to 130 mph.

Driving the SUV is not going to fill you with joy, but it's easy and fuss-free. All the powertrains are capable, but the eCVT mated to base hybrid gives the engine an almost eager quality. Meanwhile, the Hybrid Max models accelerate steadily without ever losing breath. Handling is good for such a long and heavy car, but you need to respect these qualities, too. The steering is light enough for driving around town, and it gains a decent amount of weight when traveling on the highway. If you feel the need to customize the driving experience, you can switch between Sport, Eco, and Normal modes for most trims, while the Max models come with Multi-terrain Select, adding Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, and Snow to the list. With the latter, you can go off-road when pressed, but there isn't a whole lot of ground clearance on offer, and even with skidplates, the SUV doesn't feel at home off the tarmac.

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You get the optional of an affordable gas powertrain, an economical hybrid, or a powerful turbo hybrid unit.

Fuel Efficiency

In terms of gas mileage, the base engine won't wow anyone, returning just 21/28/24 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles with FWD or 21/27/23 with AWD. Fully-loaded Limited and Platinum trims fare slightly worse, courtesy of a heavier feature count at 20/26/22 mpg.

For the best mpg, the Toyota Grand Highlander hybrids are the way to go, achieving 37/34/36 mpg in FWD guise or 36/32/34 mpg with AWD. The turbocharged hybrid engine is more in line with the gas unit in terms of economy, but it offers a lot more power, so 26/27/27 mpg should be acceptable.

Fuel capacity for gas models is 17.8 gallons, while hybrids get a 17.2-gallon tank, meaning the former should see you cover around 427 miles at best, while the latter offers a maximum range of 619 miles.

2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder
6 Speed Automatic
FWD/AWD
2.4-liter 4-cylinder Hybrid
6 Speed Automatic
FWD/AWD
2.5-liter turbo-4 Hybrid MAX
6 Speed Automatic
AWD
Power
265 hp245 hp362 hp
Top speed
130 mph130 mph130 mph
MPG
21/27/24 mpg - FWD/AWD base models
20/26/22 mpg - Limited/Platinum
37/34/36 mpg - FWD
36/32/34 mpg - AWD
26/27/27 mpg
0-60
7.5 sec7.8 sec6.3 sec
Towing Capacity
5,000 lbs3,500 lbs5,000 lbs

Safety

Too new to have been extensively tested, the Grand Highlander relies on Toyota's reputation and the sterling score of the regular Highlander.

As it's so new, there is no safety review for the Toyota Grand Highlander just yet, but chances are that it will score very well. After all, the regular Highlander is got a Top Safety Pick+ award for 2023, according to the IIHS.

Each model comes outfitted with eight airbags, as well as ABS, stability and traction control, and a rearview camera. From the base level, you also get Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, comprising forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane tracing with departure alert, road sign assist, and proactive assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also included. Parking sensors are added at the Limited level, while the Platinum geats a panoramic-view monitor, traffic jam assist, and front cross-traffic alert.

XLELimitedPlatinum
Forward collision avoidance
Blind-spot assist
Rear cross-traffic alert
Front and rear parking sensors
Panoramic-view camera

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Reliability

It is too early for there to be a consumer-driven reliability score of the Toyota Grand Highlander, but we can look at Toyota's broader record and the rating for the regular Highlander to get an idea. In general, the automaker is considered one of the most dependable in the world, and the smaller Highlander scores 81/100 for reliability. There are no recalls listed for the Grand Highlander at the time of writing.

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander warranty comprises three years/36,000 miles of basic coverage, five years/60,000 miles for the powertrain, and eight years/100,000 miles for the hybrid components.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

Design

It would be hard to call the Grand Highlander attractive, which is a shame considering that it's a pretty good car. Still, we are glad Toyota didn't simply stretch out a regular Highlander, even if it was the source of inspiration for much of the design. There is an enormous hammerhead grille in the front that will no doubt polarize consumers, with slightly slanted LED headlights placed high up on the fascia. The Limited adds LED daytime running lights and fog lamps to the mix. A single exhaust at the back is replaced with dual outlets on Hybrid Max trims, and the Platinum comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof. Other Max differences include bespoke front and rear bumpers. For wheels, you get 18-inch alloys on the base model or 20-inch variants on the rest. Overall, the styling is a bit bland, and we can only hope Toyota will throw buyers a bone with a special edition that gives it a bit more pizazz and a less obnoxious grille.

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The Grand Highlander has a divisive front fasica with a large grille that not everyone will appreciate.

Verdict: Is The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander A Good SUV?

Many will see the 2024 Grand Highlander and assume it's just a bigger version of the Highlander, and to some extent, it is. However, it is also a lot more. Toyota gives buyers a choice of three engines instead of a V6 as you'd find in rivals, and the top-end hybrid powertrain is one the most powerful in the entire class, especially if you want to maintain a decent level of fuel economy. It also comes with a lot more standard conveniences and luxuries than other eight-seater SUVs. Sadly, this means it also costs a bit more, which can be an unsurmountable hurdle for some. With competition in this segment heating up, this is a bold move by Toyota to upset the status quo and put itself forward as one of the best three-row SUV makers in the USA.

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