The Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV with three seats, four doors, an 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a V6 engine that gets up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway. This vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity for your phone as well as two USB ports to charge your devices while you’re driving.
The dashboard features all air conditioning/heat controls at eye level, so there are no obstructions when trying to use them while driving or changing lanes. The interior offers generous legroom in both rows of backseat passengers, including two sets of vents for rear passengers’ comfort during long drives.
How enjoyable is the Highlander?
The Highlander’s ride is very comfortable. The supple suspension smoothes road imperfections of all sizes and shapes, but it doesn’t feel sluggish or disengaged at higher speeds. Front seats can be comfortable, even for long drives. The second-row captain’s chairs available offer similar comfort. A thin padding, a small seat cushion, and small space make them ideal for adults. Wind noise is quiet on the highway; the road noise, however, is hardly noticeable.
The Highlander is a great car to drive and an even better car for the environment. With its eco-friendly design, safety features, and roomy interior, this is a smart choice for any driver.
In recent times, Toyota has trailed other manufacturers in terms of technology. This new generation of Highlander has made huge strides in the right direction. The available 12.3-inch touchscreen is enormous (an 8.2-inch display is a standard), and it quickly responds to inputs. However, reflections from the screen make it more difficult to use than it ought to be. Our Highlander Platinum test vehicle had five USB charging ports for the first and second rows but no ports for the third row.
All Highlanders are equipped with an extensive suite of modern driver aids. In addition, we love an adaptive cruise control; however, we discovered that the lane departure warning was somewhat for the regular model and not enough sense when it’s in low-mode.
How is the storage?
Cargo space is somewhat more of an issue in comparison to the Highlander. There are just sixteen cubic feet of storage in the third row, which is tiny even for the category. The second row is where it increases to an impressive 48.4 cubic feet. The liftover is approximately the average of an SUV that is mid-sized.
For the cabin’s storage options, you’ll find ample cups and pockets and two shelves integrated into the dashboard. Since the cellphone charger is wirelessly located in the armrest’s center, you must flip it to open the storage space beneath.
The EPA estimates that the all-wheel-drive Highlander yields an average of 23 miles per gallon (20 cities/27 highways) and slightly higher 25 mpg (21 cities/29 highway) for front-wheel-drive models. This might not seem like an enormous advantage over competitors, with an increase between 1 and 2 milliliters, but it’s a significant difference in this particular class of vehicle.
In our 115-mile evaluation of the highway’s heavy route, we clocked 24.7 miles per gallon It is worth noting that the Highlander Hybrid is estimated to yield 36 mpg when combined.