The new Highlander looks like a larger version of the RAV4 with its moustache-like grille and blade headlights.
The cabin is more functional than fashionable. What the Highlander lacks in sparkle inside is made up for with exceptional versatility.
There are soft-touch surfaces with stitching, but all grades still have hard plastics galore and styling which lacks the premium look of some rivals.
The new Highlander is a large SUV at 4966mm end-to-end (+76mm), 1930mm across (+0.5mm), and 1755mm tall (+25mm).
As for the boot space, with the third-row seats in place there’s 241 litres of cargo capacity and with them folded flat into the floor the luggage room opens up to 552 litres.
There are seven airbags including curtains down each side, front-side airbags, front airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. As with rivals, the curtain airbags stretch to the third row but won’t necessarily cover the occupants’ heads in a side impact. There’s also a seatbelt warning system covering all seven seats.
Blind spot monitoring is now standard, as is rear cross traffic alert to warn of vehicles approaching from the side when reversing out of a driveway or parking space.
Toyota Safety Sense incorporates autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist detection during the day and pedestrian detection.
The big news is it's available as a hybrid and it makes so much sense when you consider these seven seaters will spend most of their time in traffic and carparks where they can move silently along in electric vehicle mode.
The hybrid Highlander isn’t a plug-in type of hybrid, instead its batteries recharge when you apply the brakes when you’re driving. The battery then powers the electric motors. There are two motors on the front axle and one on the rear, which work together with a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine.
The braked towing capacity for all Highlanders is 2000kgs. Need more cargo space, why not fit a Highlander Towbar. Full range of Euro style towbars available, that will keep your Highlander looking exactly the same when detached.
The Highlander is one of the best driving large SUVs in this price range. This new-gen SUV has an outstanding, composed and comfortable, ride.
This seven-seater SUV is extremely practical and at a great price point.
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