• Jan 19, 2007


Toyota is starting to reveal details on its lineup for the Chicago Auto Show, which we've learned today will include the debut of the second-generation Highlander mid-size SUV and likewise the Highlander Hybrid. The big T hasn't given any other details on the vehicles, and neither have we seen spy shots of the new Highlander, so this one may actually turn out to be a surprise. The current Highlander is a big seller for Toyota, with 129,794 units being sold in 2006. That's down 5.2% from 2005's total of 137,409, but still a big number for a vehicle that potentially returns a meaty profit. We'll come back at you with all the info and live shots we get of these two vehicles from the floor of the 2007 Chicago Auto Show in early February.

[Source: Toyota]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The new one is going to be larger isn't it? I heard it was going to be based on the Avalon platform.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A pregnant rollerskate
      • 8 Years Ago
      S
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      ZUH!!! **

      What a shame that Toyota is going to tell their captive audience to drive around in something worse looking that the bland and boring first gen Highlander.

      ** SNOOZE
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very practical if you have to buy an SUV. No one buys one as a dragster or show car. It pollutes less and saves on fuel. Tax incentives to save the enviroment and fuel. Why isn't it logical?
      • 8 Years Ago
      By the by, I sure do see alot of highlander rental cars from budget rental car around here.. Very odd. I wonder if they are crucifying that and leaving the Rav4 as the bronze god...

      lol..
      • 8 Years Ago
      OK - this is a woman's opinion -
      All I can add is that I truly like my Highlander. It is luxurious feeling inside; great visiblity; good gas milage and I feel safe in it. We drove through the Rockie Mtns in a nasty storm a few weeks back and there were more accidents than I have ever seen - five car pile ups, SUV's on their roofs, vans in the ditches and cars down slopes, semis on their sides and my Highlander just floated on through. It never once lost a good firm grip on the icy highway and was comfortable and relaxing to drive.
      I, personally, am looking forward to the release of some news about the 2008 as I am seriously considering trading in my 2005 and sticking with this model. Might try out a hybrid this time to see what it is like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man its trollerama in here, #11, you have absolutly no clue what a good cuv is. Have you even driven a Highlander? From your response it is obvious you haven't. Just the interior alone will blow off your Equitorrent or the cheap vue and may I say the Pilot. Do you know the Equitorrent's 3.4 engine is actually assembled in china? That alone tell you how reliable it will be in the future. All the cuvs you stated has pretty much the cheapest plastic interior you can get. It's pretty much a Toyota rx330 and even after six years in production it is still selling better than all the POSs you stated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new Highlander's supposed to be a little bigger. It sees the Pilot as primary competition and it has to distance itself physically from the upsized RAV4 that was introduced in 2006. It is still an upscale SUV as far as amenities, options, trim and the nice little things you notice here and there.

      Getting the ubiquitous 3.5L V6 is a given and the second-gen Highlander has the benefit of possibly being optimized for and designed around a hybrid powertrain -- and maybe hydrogen fuel cells like its predecessor -- before pen even hit paper.

      Appearance-wise, the Highlander may not be as big a surprise as some may expect -- the FT-SX (http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/future/ftsx.html) is supposed to be a vehicle design study and perhaps a hint toward its redesign.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The current Highlander is the only Toyota that looks good to me. This is the one nice vehicle they make in my eyes. Watch them mess it up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The RAV4 is a better buy. The Highlander Hybrid was overpriced and makes just 23 mpg--about the same as a Subaru Forester.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I disagree. They don't need to make it larger, they've got plenty (too many) of larger vehicles already. It just needs more style.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow-will they put wood paneling on the new model of this station wagon!??!
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