The Japanese automaker claims that the new exterior design carries "both refinement and strength", while the interior was revamped to "raise the bar in the mid-size SUV segment".
The 2014 Highlander can seat up to eight people and will be available with three powertrain choices, including a 2.7-liter four-cylinder powerplant, a 3.5-liter V6 unit, and a 3.5-liter V6 engine and electric motor as the Hybrid Synergy Drive. The gasoline versions are mated to six-speed ECT-i gearbox, while the hybrid delivers its power to the wheels through a CVT.
New safety and convenience features, such as rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Pre-collision System, are also to be found on the 2014 Highlander.
Assembled in Princeton, Indiana, the new Toyota crossover will reach dealerships in early 2014.