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This is the all-new 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

Toyota has unveiled a larger Highlander for the US, because bigger is always better right?

Published: 10 Feb 2023

For the benefit of everyone in the UK reading this, the Toyota Highlander is an eight-seat American SUV that we would describe as ‘pretty darn large indeed’. It’s pretty much the same size as a fully-grown Land Rover Discovery 5.

And yet, clearly Toyota USA felt that it needed to be bigger. So, give a warm welcome to the new 2024 Grand Highlander. “There is definitely a need in the market for a midsize-SUV that prioritizes interior comfort in all three rows and Grand Highlander is the ultimate option,” says vice president of Toyota Marketing Lisa Materazzo. Midsize! We’re not making this up.

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So, what sets the Grand Highlander apart from the standard Highlander? Well, it looks different for one. The Grand is actually built on the same TNGA-K platform as its smaller sibling, but it’s over 16cm longer, 5cm wider and far more boxy-looking too.

It’s been penned by Toyota’s US-based Calty Design team and will be built in Indiana. We’re told that the third row of seats is ‘adult-sized’ and there is apparently room in the boot for seven hand-luggage suitcases even with all of the seats in place. Yeah, it’s massive.

There will be three powertrain options. The 2.4-litre petrol and a 2.5-litre hybrid are presumably being carried over from the standard Highlander, but Toyota says there will also be a 362bhp ‘Hybrid MAX’ option that can sort the 0-60mph sprint in 6.3 seconds and tow up to 5,000lbs. Not at the same time though, presumably. The latter setup will be all-wheel drive only whilst the other two can be specced with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Inside there’s masses of space as you can imagine, as well as no fewer than 13 cupholders and seven USB-C charge ports. Wireless phone connectivity is standard and there’s a 12.3-inch central infotainment screen.

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That’s about all the info we have right now. Toyota says it’ll confirm pricing this summer, but expect the Grand to start somewhere north of $40,000. 

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