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2025 Toyota Highlander Preview Model Info & Release Date

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The 2025 Toyota Highlander is getting a facelift. Since the model was refreshed with a new engine and updated tech features in 2023, we expect the facelift to be mainly cosmetic, with the Highlander receiving a fresh nose and a new matching rear. This reengineering could give the 2025 Highland a notably different look from the current 2024 model.

We also expect new features and a newly freshened interior cabin. The current 2024 model has a Y-shaped dashboard with a tiered design and angular trim. The infotainment system and HVAC controls are integrated into a single trim piece that juts out of the dash and makes the central screen look like it sits on the dashboard. This design may get a bit of an update.

Higher trims have a more modern design with a larger screen that’s still integrated into a trim piece with the HVAC controls, but the screen fills out more space in the dash. The Highlander can seat up to eight people, comes with upscale materials, and offers a versatile amount of cargo space. We think the 2025 Highlander will come with the same quality interior design as the current model that’s on sale.

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The current Toyota Highlander on sale comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and six audio speakers. We expect these features to be standard for the 2025 model year. Although a major update could mean a few new features. Available features should include a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, a wireless charging pad, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

We don't expect any updates to the powertrain for the upcoming model year. The current Highlander comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is standard.

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Pricing & Release Date

Based on previous Toyota release schedules, the 2025 Highlander should arrive in the late fall of 2024. With the facelift, we could see a higher price tag than the current model on sale which starts with an MSRP of around $38,000.

The midsized SUV will compete against the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the Mazda CX-9, the Subaru Ascent, Kia Telluride, and the Hyundai Palisade.

Pictured: 2024 Toyota Highlander

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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Meghan Carbary
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