In what Toyota is calling the Ultimate Family SUV, the 2024 Grand Highlander made a grand debut in Chicago leading up to the Chicago Auto Show. During the reveal, three different powertrains were showcased for the Grand Highlander which is clearly intended to go against some of the other larger SUVs out there including the Jeep Grand Wagoneer.


This represents Toyota's slow and methodical march toward carbon neutrality that Toyota dubs "Beyond Zero". The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander will be the second Toyota vehicle to wear the new “Beyond Zero” badge, after the all-new Prius. Now with ten hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, the new bZ4X battery electric vehicle and the zero emission hydrogen fuel cell technology of the Mirai, Toyota is committed to finding highly efficient and zero emission solutions that fit customers’ lifestyles across the US.


Ultimate Family SUV

“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,” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president of Toyota Marketing.

Built on the TNGA-K platform, Grand Highlander is the active family cruiser fit for everything from short trips to long drives. It offers thoughtful storage areas throughout the cabin, ample cargo capacity with room for seven carryon suitcases behind the 3rd row. A total of around 98 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down, and a spacious adult-sized third row. 


Three Different Powertrains

The 2024 Toyota Highlander will be offered in three different powertrains in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). There's a 2.4L turbo gas engine for those still leery of hybrid technology. A 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain will provide a manufacturer-estimated 34 combined MPG and the performance-oriented Hybrid MAX will generate 362 horsepower while still remaining focused on fuel economy.

All three powertrain options come with three Drive Modes (Sport, Eco, Normal) to make driving more engaging – while Multi-Terrain Select with Three Modes (Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow) are offered on the gas AWD and Hybrid MAX powertrains for even more on and off-road capability. 



The Grand Highlander is offered in three grades across three different powertrains – the XLE grade, Limited and Platinum. Other noteworthy features available include Digital Key and a standard 12.3-inch multimedia display.

Other tech features like Traffic Jam Assist and Digital Rearview Mirror will be available on some trim levels.

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is built on the TNGA-K platform. Toyota calls the Grand Highlander an active family cruiser fit for everything from short trips to long drives.

The 2024 Grand Highlander will be available later this year and pricing is not yet released or available.


Jimmy Dinsmore is the Automotive Editor The Weekend Drive, a nationally syndicated automotive journalist and published author of two books including Mustang by Design (available now) and Ford Trucks: A History of the Ford F-Series (available this fall)