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.
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.