With the new Toyota Avalon already on sale and a redesigned Corolla coming, Toyota is hard at work on its next makeover project: the next-generation Highlander. Considering the abundance of camouflage (even the A-pillars are covered up) on this prototype, it appears Toyota is still in the earlier phases of testing its three-row crossover, but we fully expect this new Highlander to debut for the 2014 model year.

Being our first look at the 2014 Toyota Highlander, there are only a few details we notice about the new design. Obvious things include the blunt front end with a massive grille and more of a rake to the D-pillars taking away from the current model's boxy rear end, while the big wheels, chrome trim around the windows and notable ground clearance lead us to believe this might be a higher-end version of the Highlander, maybe a Limited 4WD.

The three-row crossover segment is heating up red hot, what with the sales-leading Ford Explorer now being stalked by updated Lambda crossovers from Chevy, Buick and GMC, as well as an all-new contender in the CUV-ified Nissan Pathfinder. The Highlander, already way up there near the Explorer in terms of sales, will be that much more competitive wearing whatever new skin is hiding underneath all that camo.


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      joeboarder108
      • 2 Years Ago
      Based on the heavy chrome bar on the top of the grille and the pretty large bump-out on the rear taillights, are we sure this isnt the new Tribeca? (which is supposedly sharing a platform with the highlander?)
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Think big RAV4 with a version of Toyota's new ugly random tier and shapes dashboard. Hopefully, the next Pilot won't look the box it was shipped in. And it will drive like Ambien.
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        mike_bell10
        • 2 Years Ago
        I guess every village requires an idiot, you sir have got the job.......
          M5_4_life
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mike_bell10
          Sadly, if he has any offspring, he ensured their continuation of being the village fools.
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      Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good. 2014 Tundra should be a beast.
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        @Xi Gua
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        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xi Gua
        Looks good. ?? Yep, that is some of the best looking vinyl cladding I have seen pictures of today! Kind of reminds me of an overinflated garbage bag in its details
      bubciak
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who did they copy this time ?
        blasds78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubciak
        Who did they copy last time? Wasn't Toyota the first in this particular segment? The Highlander, though not remarkably stylish, doesn't resemble others in its segment except in function. The current Highlander debuted before most of its current competition, I think. I'm not trying to be snarky. I thought the Highlander and RAV4 (and the RX300) were among the very first crossovers. Maybe the CR-V beat the RAV4 to market.
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          @blasds78
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          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blasds78
          Actually, we are all wrong on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_Eagle The AMC Eagle was the first modern crossover - introduced in 1979 as a 1980 model.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blasds78
          You are correct. The Highlander came out two years before the Pilot, and the RAV4 one year before the CR-V.
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          @blasds78
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          blasds78
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blasds78
          @Alfonso Hahaha... That's the first I think I've ever heard that the Aztec set a trend and others followed. I took time to look up my assumption this time. The Highlander debuted in 2000. The GM junk you named debuted the following year, and the Pacifica in 2002 with the Pilot.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blasds78
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      Ajackson
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a garbage bag
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current gen Highlander is one of the biggest generation-over-generation improvements I can remember. Highlander went from awful to totally decent. If they can pull that off again with the next gen, they will have a real winner on their hands.
        roho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Totally disagree. i owned 2 gen1 highlanders, they were the best crossovers ever. The new bloated gen2 highlander is a waste. i walked way from it. If you need a 3rd row buy a mini van. This new one just continues Toyotas mistake.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @roho
          Finally someone makes sense. What is it with these suburbanites that they want the seating capacity of a minivan, but yet claim they will never drive a minivan. So the manufacturers bloat up their crossovers, delete the very useful sliding doors, and suburbanites are happy ("Oh, we're not driving a mini-van." - smirk, smirk, smirk).
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they have fired the advertising agency that had the hugely annoying arrogant a$$hole kid that was clearly lost when it came to what cars are 'cool'. These idiot advertisers had a Buick Roadmaster wagon (which had the Corvette engine, BTW) driving next to a Highlander and they were clueless enough to think that a Highlander was cooler than that!
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        blasds78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Agreed. The Highlander, like the rest of the lineup, has terrible advertising.
          blasds78
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blasds78
          The Sienna's advertising isn't current. It also didn't change the image of the van - people still see a van, not a wagon. The current Tundra is a great truck - one that saved my life in a collision and worked its ass off before that. Will it tow a shuttle? Not without a lot of help from the trailer under the shuttle. Great stunt. Only dumbasses would be fooled. What about the Camry with wheels "grounded to the ground"? What about the ridiculous commercials during NBC's horrible halftime shows during football games? The number in my screen name is the year I was born. Do the math. I'm done with homework.
      pickles
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the ill-informed... I was just walking a Toyota car lot and a Highlander was marked with a 'sale' tag and a price of $47,000.00. Didja all realize they got THAT expensive?? Maybe this redesign will justify the super-pricing?
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pickles
        That's nothing. I recently saw an X5 with a price tag of $95000. I can't believe people pay that much for a crappy car.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          suburbia knows no limits to its ability to waste money on bling and prestige purchases.
          techie69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Hey what's new, that's the American way, waste is part of our consumer culture.
          FIDTRO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Shopping around for a BMW are we, desinerd?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pickles
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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks beefy ! The current Highlander is a good buy.
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