2014 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$19,570 - $27,509
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
185-270
Seats
7-8
Color:  Nautical Blue Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$19,570 - $27,509
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
185-270
Seats
7-8

Ranks #1 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.0 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

The 2014 Highlander remains Toyota’s family-oriented offering for the midsize SUV segment competing against the likes of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. Optional seating for eight and enough storage space spread throughout the cabin makes the Highlander an attractive option in a segment full of formidable contenders.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

LE $19,570 - $21,963
Horsepower: 185 hp - 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 8
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $24,338 - $26,945
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
XLE $23,337 - $25,910
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LE Plus $21,438 - $23,871
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 8
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited Platinum $24,826 - $27,509
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.57

105 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

The one most important thing people should know about this car is that it's durable and reliable. It gets me where I need to go in the snowy climate on Michigan without issue and runs very smoothly doing it.

I find the dashboard camera that shows me what's behind me when I'm reversing incredibly helpful, especially for parallel parking. I also appreciate the spaciousness of the trunk and that it can convert into up to 8 seats, and the car is pretty gas efficient for an SUV. I dislike that there isn't a compass, preferably on the middle rearview mirror, as another older Toyota (Camry SE) I had, had this feature and it makes sense for a new one to have it. I also dislike that there isn't a compartment for a spare inside the vehicle.

- Yahya H

The Toyota Highlander is a stylish comfortable smooth driving car.

I like it most because it has a real smooth ride. The steering and braking is very responsive. The car is great on gas and the trunk space is deceptively roomy. What I dislike most is the visibility when looking behind you. Your blind spot seems magnified due to the design of the car. I also don't like the temperature control. Especially when air comes out of the vent even when the air is off.overall it's been a nice reliable car and I've enjoyed driving it.

- Ann S

It's very reliable and safe making it the perfect family vehicle.

I love that my car is a great size and comfortable to ride in. I love the features including the automatic bright lights, heated steering wheel, blind spot monitors, panoramic and navigation. It's reliable and I know it will last. The only thing I dislike is not having a tow package - it's convenient to be able to tow bigger things that won't fit into the car and it's a convenience I do not have anymore with my highlander.

- Kristen J

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$19,570 - $21,963
$24,338 - $26,945

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 - 270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L V6 DOHC 24
2.7L 4
3.5L V6 DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.2 (in.)
44.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
39.5 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
8
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Not Available
Standard

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Not Available

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Chrome Wheels

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available
Standard

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/60SR18
P245/55SR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.7 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
75.8 (in.)
75.8 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4134 - 4398 (.lbs)
4354 - 4509 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 (hp)
270 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
248 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 - 2000 (.lbs)
5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 200 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.2 (gal.)
19.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available
Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (5)

Fuel System, Gasoline > Delivery > Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Sep 18, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 18, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V576000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, and Highlander and model year 2015 Lexus RX350 vehicles. Fuel may leak from the one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment.
Consequence:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes free of charge. The recall began November 17, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
Seat Belts May 21, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
May 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V272000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles may have improper software installed in the air bag electronic control unit (ECU) for the operation of the front passenger seat belt force limiter, and as a result, the force limiter may use the restraint setting designed for small occupants, such as those that weigh approximately 110 pounds, for all occupants regardless of their size. As such, some of these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence:
In the event of a crash, a larger front passenger seat occupant may not be properly restrained and be at an increased risk of injury.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a software update in the air bag electronic control unit, free of charge. The recall began on June 27, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
Electrical System Nov 26, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 26, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18E107000
Summary:
Fujian Wanda Automobile Glass Industry (Wanda) is recalling certain aftermarket Replacement Windshields sold for use in 2014-2018 Toyota Highlander vehicles. The windshields have an attached wire harness that water may leak into, possibly causing damage to the vehicle's Engine Control Module (ECM).
Consequence:
The ECM damage may result in the engine stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Wanda will notify owners, and service centers will replace the windshields, and inspect the ECM for damage, having it replaced, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 10, 2019. Owners may contact Wanda customer service at 1-864-281-2760.
Seat Belts > Rear Feb 6, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 6, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V051000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. The third row middle seat belt assembly might not have been properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage during vehicle assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."
Consequence:
A seat belt that is not properly secured to its anchorage could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row middle seat belt anchor, and, if necessary, properly secure it to the vehicle floor anchorage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Seats > Mid/rear Assembly May 21, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
May 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V274000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured April 23, 2014, through April 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have a second row right-hand seat assembly that does not fully lock into the inboard seat track in the forward first, second and third adjusting positions. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."
Consequence:
If the seat does not fully lock into the inboard seat track, the seat could move, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the second row right-hand seat, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

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