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2014 Toyota Highlander (four-cylinder): 20/25/22 mpg
2014 Toyota Highlander (V-6): 19/25/21 mpg (FWD), 18/24/20 mpg (AWD)
2014 Toyota Highlander (Hybrid, est.): 27/28/28 mpg
The Hybrid returns as the most powerful top-tier Highlander, sporting a 280-hp gas-electric setup.
Road & Track
How many wheels you want driven will affect the Highlander's fuel economy, with the V6/FWD model at an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, the V6 AWD at 18 mpg city and 24 highway, and the four-cylinder/FWD model 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The Highlander sets no fuel-economy records, but it's generally in line with other seven-passenger crossover SUVs.
The most frugal version of the Highlander, the four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive, doesn't fare much better than a Ford Flex with a V-6, though. The base Highlander's rated at 20 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.
Highlander V-6s come with either front- or all-wheel drive. The front-drive model's pegged at 19/25 mpg, or 21 mpg, by the EPA. The all-wheel-drive version is rated at 18/24 mpg, or 20 mpg combined.
The most planet-conscious Highlander Hybrid fares much better, at least according to its EPA ratings of 27/28 mpg or 28 mpg combined. They're nearly identical to the prior Hybrid, though, and we've had trouble observing those figures in real-world driving.
Gas mileage is par for the course; the Hybrid's better numbers are iffy prospects in the real world.