PRICE The Active petrol version has a list price of $43,000, up from $41,850, although the run-out model has been selling for $40,990 drive-away, about $5000 off. The Active diesel is $46,000, up from $44,850, while the Elite jumps from $50,990 to $54,000. The biggest price hike is the Highlander, from $57,090 to $60,500.
TECH The previous model had blind spot and lane wander alerts but the new one brakes and steers the car back within its lane. Smart cruise control brings the car to a complete stop, the high-beams dip for oncoming traffic and the horn sounds if you leave a pet or child in the car.
DRIVING Revised suspension and a stiffer body improve cornering ability while maintaining comfort. New all-wheel drive varies torque between the front and rear wheels to alter the vehicle behaviour.
PERFORMANCE Petrol and turbo diesel engines carry over, the latter now matched to an eight-speed auto for slightly better fuel consumption (7.5L/100km, formerly 7.8L) and improved response. The V6 is dropped for now.
DESIGN Extra length liberates more legroom in the back two rows and there is extra third row headroom. Bigger windows give the cabin an airier feel. Cabin materials have a higher quality feel, although the lower surfaces in the cabin still have hard plastics.