Toyota Launches New Highlander

Third generation of Toyota's mass-market crossover unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Banking on the success of the Lexus RX – a vehicle which helped pioneer the segment - Toyota spun the same Camry-based crossover platform into the Highlander in 2000. That model was subsequently replaced in 2007, and is now entering its third generation with the model you see here. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Toyota Highlander packs eight seats and encompasses evolutionary styling with cleaner lines and a slightly larger form compared with the model it replaces.

Three engine options are on offer: The base powerplant is a 2.7-liter four driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, followed by a 3.5-liter V6 in front- or all-wheel drive, and capped by a hybrid model that pairs the same V6 with an electric motor and a CVT. Official figures for output, performance or fuel economy have yet to be released. The interior has been upgraded with soft-touch materials, a more accessible third seating row and contrasting stitching to give it a touch more class. The new Highlander is expected to reach dealers after the start of the new year.

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