Toyota's big crossover, the Highlander, gets a major update for the 2014 model year.
Read CNET's full review of the 2014 Toyota Highlander.
March 25, 2014 2:07 PM PDTUpdated: March 25, 2014 3:51 PM PDT
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET
/ Caption by: Wayne Cunningham
The Highlander is a three-row vehicle.
Toyota incorporated new styling, using a design language also seen on its SUVs.
A camera on the windshield contributes to driver assistance features.
This 3.5-liter V-6 makes 270 horsepower. The Highlander can also be had with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a hybrid drivetrain.
The Highlander can be had in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive formats.
Ground clearance comes up to 8 inches.
Toyota offers automatic high beams on the Highlander, but LED headlights are not available.
The taillight casings form an architectural element in the body.
The rear window opens separately from the rear hatch.
A power liftgate makes rear access effortless.
With the middle and third rows down, the Highlander boasts 82.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
A panoramic sunroof option adds to visibility.
Middle-row captain's chairs are an option.
The dashboard includes a shelf for small electronics.
Electric power steering is well-tuned for this vehicle.
A center LCD shows a variety of information, such as trip data and navigation.
This all-wheel-drive status screen shows which wheels are getting torque.
A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
The Highlander includes a differential lock function and descent control.
The rearview camera includes overlay lines, but no true trajectory guidance.
The head unit's home screen shows navigation, the weather, and the current music playing.
All cabin tech functions are available on this smartphone-like interface.
Entune, Toyota's connected technology, enables a number of data-driven apps, such as OpenTable.
The fuel prices app helps you locate the cheapest nearby gasoline.
Toyota adds perspective-view maps to the navigation system.
Voice command activates Bing search.
Yelp is a nice addition for finding restaurants and other businesses.
Music sources include HD Radio and Bluetooth streaming.
The now-playing screen shows album art and track information.
The premium JBL audio system includes this subwoofer mounted in the lift gate, but it produced a lot of distortion.
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