Third Highlander Hybrid Unveiled In Los Angeles

The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid made its world debut November 20 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This 2014 model marks the start of the third-generation Highlander gas-electric mid-size hybrid SUV.

Toyota said its new Highlander Hybrid features a progressive silhouette, flush-mounted roof rails for improved aerodynamics, and sculptured side-door panels.  The exterior has grown in length by approximately three inches while width is increased one-half inch, conveying a sleek and strong appearance.

Toyota explained total system power is rated at 280 horsepower and hybrid Highlanders are equipped with front and rear electric drive motors to complement their 231 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine.

Fuel consumption is estimated by Toyota to be rated at 28 city, 28 highway and 28 combined.

Inside, a newly designed 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display provides driver information; Toyota said this includes an Eco driving indicator and energy monitor to help maximize hybrid efficiency.

The third-row seats will be 60/40 split bench for up to three passengers and added storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row is said to have increased by 34 percent for added storage.

Toyota précised available convenience features include Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam Headlights, panoramic moonroof, and heated steering wheel.

The Highlander Hybrid model’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency.

All Highlander Hybrid models will be equipped with electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive with intelligence (AWD-i) and will have a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and 19-inch Chromtec alloy wheels.

The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in the Hybrid Limited and new Hybrid Limited Platinum package.

Toyota said the Highlander Hybrid Limited will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $47,300.

The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum package will add a Driver Technology Package that includes: Safety Connect (includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Available by subscription); Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; and Lane Departure Alert with Automatic High Beam Headlights.

The Hybrid Limited Platinum will also feature a Panoramic Moonroof, heated steering wheel, and heated perforated leather second-row captain’s chairs.  The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum package will carry an MSRP of $49,790.

Of note, Highlander Hybrid MSRP’s do not include the Delivery, Processing and Handling (DPH) fee of $860.  The DPH for Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

All Highlanders are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind. Toyota said the all-new Highlander Hybrid will reach dealer showrooms in February 2014.

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