Toyota receives a gold star for the 2024 Grand Highlander that is assembled in Princeton, Indiana. Described as a Platinum HV this is the ultimate in an all-wheel drive hybrid all-wheel drive.
The Highlander features a hybrid MAX 2.4L four-cylinder turbo-charged engine producing 362 horsepower propelling this SUV forward fast with a six-speed fulltime electronic transmission with paddle shifters. The towing capacity is rated at 5000 lbs.
Very Distinctive with a powerful appearance with “Storm Cloud” paint and 20-inch alloy wheels. A panoramic moonroof covers the rugged frame and the hand’s free power liftgate.
The ride is silky smooth with leather trimmed heated and ventilated, front seats, heated second row seats, and third row split 50-40-fold flat seats. A three-zone climate control keeps all area warm and cool. 11 JBL speakers provide surround sound for the seating areas.
The cameras work well in vertical coverage, making parking and backing out of areas safe and convenient. Toyota Safety Sense 3-0 offers all the safety features of blind spot monitoring. The rear-cross traffic alert, along with the vertical camera view is remarkable, adding to driver safety.
Going camping the Highlander has a 1500W inverter with two 120v outlets.
The bottom line with this vehicle is safety, comfort, exceptional acceleration, and extensive second row leg room. The ease of handling is smooth, the ride comfortable, and a strong feel of safety.
The Platinum model comes complete with all options except the all-weather floor liners for a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $59,878.
This vehicle never saw a snowstorm it didn’t like.