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2014 Toyota Highlander KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $36,925

Fair Purchase Price $34,262
Fair Market Range ($33,682 - $34,841)

Invoice $33,790

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KBB Expert Rating 8.3 / 10
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By Trevor Dorchies - Updated Date: 12/16/2013

Born to haul families and all of their cargo, the Toyota Highlander continues to uphold that reputation but brings a more refined feel than those before it. Competition is stiff with the likes of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot circling close by but the Highlander is no slouch. Toyota estimates that 90 percent of all 2014 Highlander models sold will leave the lot with a V6 engine and 60 percent of those will come equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). We're inclined to go with that combination, too.

You'll Like This Car If...

A slew of trim levels and drivetrain options, combined with high customer-satisfaction numbers, make a strong case for the Highlander.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Do you off-road or tow more than 5,000 pounds constantly? Then perhaps you should look at some other alternatives like the Dodge Durango or the refreshed Toyota 4Runner.

What's New for 2014

All-new for 2014, the Toyota Highlander boasts new features like Driver Easy Speak and a wonderful in-dash shelf. The base hybrid model goes away for the 2014 model year with the Hybrid Limited remaining as the only option. Exterior and interior restyling and optional seating for eight join the Highlander lineup.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Equipped with available all-wheel drive, the new Toyota Highlander holds its own on a variety of road surfaces. The 3.5-liter V6 engine and its 270 horsepower smoothly spring into action when called upon and provide adequate power when getting up to highway speed. The front-wheel drive V6 model has been rated by the EPA to return 19 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, while the all-wheel-drive variant drags those numbers down only slightly. The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine trades some operational smoothness for a more fuel efficient ride. If you wish to stretch those mpgs even further, opt for the Highlander Hybrid, which turns in 27 city/28 highway fuel economy. No matter which powertrain you decide on, the latest Highlander delivers a quality on-road experience, allowing some engine and road noise into the cabin, though certainly less than the previous model.

Favorite Features

A shelf deep enough to hold even the biggest smartphone stretches from the front passenger's door to the driver's right knee. As advertised, the "easy cable management" keeps your smartphone's charging and audio cables organized and out of the way.

New for 2014, the optional rear hatch window can now open while leaving the lower gate door closed. The optional power liftgate can adjust to different heights, too.

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