Toyota kicked off the 2023 Chicago Auto Present with the world premiere of the 2024 Grand Highlander. It marks the Japanese automaker’s first midsize-class SUV to supply what they name an “adult-sized third row” with “ample cargo area.”
Grand Highlander runs on a stretched model of the present Highlander’s platform. Customary seating is for seven with captain’s chairs comprising the twond-row. An non-obligatory 2nd-row bench will increase passenger capability to eight. Whereas the usual Highlander gives related seating choices, the Grand model gives almost 6 inches of further 3rd-row legroom, 2.5 inches extra shoulder room, and an inch of additional headroom. Cargo area additionally will increase to 97.5 cubic ft with all seating rows folded, a 15 % improve over the smaller Highlander. This additional passenger and cargo quantity now means Toyota will be extra aggressive towards different three-row “large-midsize” SUVs such because the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, and Volkswagen Atlas.
Powertrain choices embody the selection of front- or all-wheel drive. The lone standard gasoline engine is the two.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that made its debut on the 2023 Highlander, which produces 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It should use an 8-speed computerized transmission.
A pair of gasoline/electrical hybrid choices may also be accessible. The primary makes use of Toyota’s tried-and-tested 2.5-liter gasoline engine. When mixed with the electrical motor, whole output is 243 horsepower with an EPA-estimated 34 mpg mixed fuel-economy ranking. Prime-end fashions, dubbed Hybrid MAX, will get an much more potent drivetrain that produces 362 horsepower and a most towing capability of 5,000 kilos.
Inside facilities are what you’d anticipate from a automobile on this class. The usual infotainment interface makes use of a big 12.3-inch display screen with assist for over-the-air software program updates. The accessible built-in navigation system is linked to the cloud to offer a extra seamless replace expertise. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are additionally customary. Toyota is constant its partnership with JBL to offer the non-obligatory top-end audio resolution that additionally contains its intelligent Clari-Fi system to boost the standard of compressed songs performed from streaming providers.
Different gadgets customary on the bottom XLE grade are Toyota Security Sense (TSS) 3.0, blind-spot alert with rear cross-traffic detection, heated entrance seats, 2nd-row sunshades, seven USB-C energy ports, energy rear liftgate, and Digital Key, which lets you use your smartphone to lock/unlock and begin the automobile through the use of your smartphone. TSS 3.0 is a set of driver-assistance options that features pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, radar cruise management, road-sign detection, and a brand new system that the automaker calls “Proactive Driving Help,” which incorporates restricted autonomous functionality much like Nissan’s ProPILOT Help.
Transferring as much as the mid-level Grand Highlander Restricted nets you 20-inch wheels (up from customary 18s), hands-free energy liftgate, leather-based upholstery, ventilated entrance seats, heated 2nd-row seats, driver-seat reminiscence, heated steering wheel, JBL audio, impediment detection, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The flagship Platinum mannequin comes customary with ventilated 2nd-row seating, a panoramic sunroof, head-up instrument show, surround-view digital camera, entrance cross-traffic alert, and Visitors Jam Help.
The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is slated to on sale in late summer season. Pricing will likely be introduced nearer to that point, however we’d estimate the front-drive gasoline XLE to come back in at round $43,000-$44,000 plus vacation spot price with a loaded AWD Platinum MAX Hybrid topping out at across the $55,000 mark.
The Grand Highlander fills a long-standing hole in Toyota’s product portfolio. It seems to be the half and will carry out fairly effectively, particularly with the MAX Hybrid drivetrain. A minimum of for now, the one factor Toyota ought to be involved about is how this automobile may probably damage common Highlander gross sales because it’s considerably of a redundant product. These needing three rows will flock to the Grand Highlander or the full-size Sequoia whereas of us who can get by with a five-seat SUV can flip to the cheaper Venza. Will probably be very attention-grabbing to see how Toyota navigates this probably tough advertising scenario.
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Gallery
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