Second-row seating is a choice of a bench seat for three, or two captain's chairs. The second-row seats slide forward by three inches to make access easier to the third row of seats.
The third-row seats offer four more inches of seating width and a standard reclining function. The second- and third-row bench seats are 60-40 split seats. Toyota said storage space behind the third row has increased by 34 percent.
Standard features include eight airbags, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, six-inch center screen and Entune telematics system. The rear liftgate has one-touch power open/close, with selectable memory-height settings. Interior features include a roll-top center console box large enough to hold a large handbag.
All Highlanders will be built at Toyota's Princeton, Ind., assembly plant. Toyota expects to sell about 140,000 units annually in the U.S. But as the plant has a 200,000-unit capacity, there is the possibility for both more U.S. volume as well as considerable exports to countries like Australia and Russia.
Toyota expects to begin production of the 2014 Highlander in December and it should begin showing up in U.S. showrooms in January or February.