Pros: Larger interior provides 8-passenger capacity and improved cargo room behind the 3rd-row seats; quieter cabin than previous model; choice of hybrid powertrain; separate-opening liftgate glass is handy
Cons: Mediocre passing power with 4-cylinder engine; 3rd–row seating is tight for adults; some audio controls are placed out of easy reach
CG Says: The 2014 Toyota Highlander is redesigned with a sleeker look, increased passenger and cargo room, and new technology features. The 4-cylinder, V6, and V6 hybrid engines of the previous Highlander are carried over largely unchanged, though the V6 trades its 5-speed automatic for the same 6-speed automatic previously used in the 4-cylinder model. New available features include multiple versions of Toyota’s Entune Audio system (some with access to apps such as Yelp, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and Bing), and Toyota’s Driver Easy Speak, which utilizes the vehicle’s speaker system so front-seat occupants can easily converse with occupants in the 3rd row. The new Highlander remains a must-see vehicle in the midsize-SUV class. It offers increased passenger and cargo room, improved quietness, and a full array of cutting-edge technology features that keep it at the head of its segment.