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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Seats are nicely supportive, and there's ample headroom and legroom...
Interior materials quality is high...
Interior space measures a comfortable and massive 145.7 cubic feet...
Car and Driver
Toyota makes good use of the space inside the Highlander, and fits it with three rows of seats surrounded by plenty of head and leg room.
In front, the Highlander's cloth buckets (leather as an option, or on Limited versions) are wide and flat, without much lateral support. Headroom soars, even with the optional sunroof. Even in the second row, American-sized adults will be able to spread out--or recline, since the seats tilt back almost five inches for a restful long-distance riding position. The middle row also has one of the Highlander's most thoughtful touches: dubbed the Center Stow Seat, this available middle seat is a fold-away perch that stows inside the front center console when it isn't needed, leaving behind a walk-through to the third-row seat.Until this year, the Highlander could be ordered as a five-seat wagon. The third-row seat is now standard, and it's the usual mixed bag, compromised in the same ways other three-row vehicles are. No adult would want to sit on the vinyl-upholstered bench for very long; it's roomy enough for kids who can entertain themselves, and small adults who don't know any better.
Behind the seats, the Highlander offers a swell amount of interior storage. The center console is vast and deep, and bins on the doors will easily hold iPads and game controllers. And while the Highlander can only boast a narrow strip of cargo space behind the third-row seat, it can be folded flat to expose a deep, spacious cargo well that leaves room for five passengers plus a Tums-inducing visit to Costco.
The 2010 Toyota Highlander ranks high in comfort and quality despite a few complaints about materials, thanks to its versatility and space.