• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Auto Show:  2013 New York Auto Show

2014 Toyota Highlander: New York Auto Show Preview

RELATED READING
See all Toyota Highlander articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION
2013 Toyota Highlander

author photo by Josh Sadlier March 2013

There's an air of mystery about the fully redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander, but we know two things for certain: one, it's coming to the 2013 New York Auto Show -- and two, based on these Highlander spy photos, it's going to be a considerably more modern vehicle than its predecessor. 

Now, we've got nothing against the current Highlander. On the contrary, it's one of the best midsize crossovers, providing tasteful styling, three rows of seating, and an appealing roster of features.

However, almost every major competitor has received a redesign since the current Highlander debuted for the 2008 model year. The Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse and even the Mazda CX-9 have all been updated recently. The Tundra pickup has a new high-end "1794 Edition" named after a ranch in Texas that once sat on the grounds where the Tundra is now built. It makes sense that the Highlander will follow suit, maybe even a Platinum edition. We expect a 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to be in the works as well. Toyota has built a large part of its reputation on hybrids and that will continue for the foreseeable future.

One part we don't expect to change much is what's under the hood. The 2013 Highlander's optional 3.5-liter V6 is one of the best in the business, delivering excellent power and refinement without hitting your wallet too hard at the pump. Since the recently redesigned Toyota Avalon sedan continues to use the tried-and-true 3.5, we doubt the 2014 Highlander will change course. As for the base four-cylinder engine, it's not our favorite, but Toyota may continue to offer it as a lower-cost alternative. Or they might use a beefed up version of the 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine that powers the new Toyota RAV4.

You can count on major stylistic changes, however, even though the current Highlander remains one of the more handsome crossovers on the market. For reference, check out the evolution of the Toyota RAV4 from 2012 to 2013. It was attractive before, but now it's taut, chiseled, creased -- and above all, recognizably contemporary. That's where we think the new Highlander is headed as well.

Inside, the changes could be even more dramatic. We've always found the current Highlander's interior a little plain, but if the 2013 RAV4's interior is any indication, the new Highlander should feature a sleeker, more contoured dashboard with notably upgraded materials. As for technology, the 2013 Highlander already comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch-screen, but we're sure Toyota's tech team has some special tricks up its sleeve for 2014. We predict a rear parking camera on all models.

Stay tuned for all the details on the 2014 Toyota Highlander once the 2013 New York Auto Show gets underway.

See all New York Auto Show news

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander
$25,983
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander 2WD Limited
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander
$29,593
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6
Used 2012 Toyota Highlander
$24,688
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2015 Toyota Highlander AWD XLE V6
Used 2015 Toyota Highlander
$37,499
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
2014 Toyota Highlander: New York Auto Show Preview - Autotrader