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Toyota’s Grand Highlander: The Family-Friendly SUV With Ample Room for Everyone

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by George Mensah

Toyota has just debuted its latest addition to the SUV market, the Grand Highlander. This mid-sized SUV comes with an optional hybrid drivetrain that aims to compete with popular models like the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.

With the hybrid powertrain, Toyota is also promising high levels of passenger comfort and convenience within the mid-sized body. According to Lisa Matarazzo, group vice president of Toyota Marketing, there is a demand in the market for a mid-size SUV that prioritizes interior comfort and the Grand Highlander is the ultimate option to meet that need.

The Grand Highlander is based on the Toyota Highlander, a top-ranked SUV in America according to Kelley Blue Book. The goal is to provide a more feature-packed and comfortable driving experience while keeping the size and cost under control.

Three Drivetrain Options to Choose From

The Grand Highlander will be available in three different builds: a 2.4L turbo gas engine, a 2.5L hybrid with about 34 mpg, and the powerful Hybrid Max with 362 horsepower.

As part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, I designed the Grand Highlander with the “Beyond Zero” strategy in mind. This strategy explores alternative technologies such as solar, hydrogen, plug-in electricity, and others to have a long-term positive impact on the environment.

Comfort and Convenience at Its Best

We designed the Grand Highlander with passenger comfort in mind, including a full adult-sized third row of seats and increased cargo space. It has also improved the technology with USB charging ports in all three rows and 13 cup holders for added convenience.

Safety, Convenience, and Customization

The Grand Highlander comes with several features aimed at improving safety, convenience, and customer-centric customization. It will be available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and both the gas and Hybrid Max models will offer three terrain modes for superior off-road handling. The Hybrid Max also offers impressive performance with a 6.3-second zero to 60 speed and the capability to tow up to 5,000 pounds.


We have also updated the onboard electronics with a voice-activated assistant to control GPS, temperature, and other in-car settings, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to function as an AT&T wireless hotspot.

No release date has been confirmed by Toyota yet, but I expect more information to be released by the summer of 2023.

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