From the teaser and name, I expected the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander to be basically a longer version of the regular Highlander we know and, well, not like it, but that’s acceptable. But Toyota has done more than the bare minimum, offering the Grand Highlander unique styling and a new Hybrid Max powertrain as an option. I can’t. Of course, it’s bigger than a normal SUV.
The standard Highlander is organic and curvy, while the Grand Highlander is more slab and creased. The nose is taller with a very sharp leading edge. The grille design is also more closely related to his 4Runner than to Toyota’s other SUVs. There is also a lot of cladding on the outside. A thick rear pillar nicely hides the SUV’s 6.5-inch overall length. It’s also about two inches taller and wider than a regular Highlander.
The interior of the Grand Highlander features a newly designed dashboard. It has some similarities to the regular model, but differs in the placement of the screen and a sort of second layer on top, making the screen stand out rather than being more integrated. It’s the place. With all seats up, the Grand Highlander allows him to carry 20.6 cubic feet of stuff, 4.6 more than a regular Highlander. With all seats down, the Grand Highlander’s cargo capacity expands to 97.5 cubic feet, which is 13.2 more than the Highlander. Toyota doesn’t give figures for head and foot space for each row, but with the extra height and length, we’re confident they’ll improve across the board, too. There is also the option of either a bench his seat or a captain’s chair.
The Grand Highlander’s biggest powertrain is the Hybrid Max, which sets it apart from normal powertrains. His turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a pair of electric motors and his six-speed automatic. In this application, it produces 362 horsepower, which is about the same as the Lexus RX 500h version. Toyota wouldn’t share torque or fuel economy figures, but the powertrain will allow the Grand Highlander to tow his £5,000 trailer.
However, more Grand Highlanders will get engines inherited from regular Highlanders. The base is a turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, with an optional naturally aspirated 2.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder. Again, Toyota didn’t reveal specs on these, except that they’re available in both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the hybrid is expected to make a very impressive 34 mpg combined. We didn’t. Power and torque are likely unchanged, with the turbo engine offering 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, and the hybrid offering 243 horsepower. While we’re talking about the short SUV’s specs, the turbo engine has a towing weight of 5,000 pounds, and the hybrid he’s limited to 3,500.
The Grand Highlander is available in three trims: XLE, Limited and Platinum. Standard features on all models include alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen running Toyota’s latest system, wireless phone charging, seven USB-C ports, 13 cup holders, and wireless Apple CarPlay. and Android Auto, Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Emergency. Braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and automatic high beam headlights. Notable features of the higher trim include larger wheels, LED lighting, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated and ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, and the stop-and-go feature of Adaptive Cruise Control. will be
The Grand Highlander is set to go on sale this year. Availability and pricing will be announced this summer.