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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Interior space measures a comfortable and massive 145.7 cubic feet
Car and Driver
Interior materials quality is high
Seats are nicely supportive, and there's ample headroom and legroom
The 2010 Toyota Highlander earns rave reviews for its spacious, comfortable interior and good construction inside-though reviewers' comments conflict on the apparent quality of the materials used. ConsumerGuide reviewers provide the perfect introduction for the 2010 Toyota Highlander, remarking that "Highlander is a competent, refined, family focused SUV that offers great practicality, cargo and passenger versatility, and evident quality."
Toyota makes good use of the space inside the 2010 Highlander. American-sized adults can fit just fine in the second row, especially when the rear bench seat is configured like individual buckets. The first thing that passengers in the Toyota 2010 Highlander will notice is the comfortable seating arrangement within the cabin. ConsumerGuide proclaims that the front seats "are nicely supportive, and there's ample headroom and legroom" for tall occupants. Cars.com says the 2010 Toyota Highlander will "accommodate up to seven" with its standard three rows of seats, but "you can drop the third row in order to save a little cash, reducing seating capacity to five." Kelley Blue Book states "the reclining second-row seats also slide 4.7-inches fore-aft and offer a lift-out middle seat cushion for pass-through into the rear row." Edmunds reviewers are particularly impressed by that innovative middle seat, "which allows owners to easily stow the center section of the 40/20/40 second-row bench seat, thus providing walk-through access to the third row. The '20' section simply slides into its own cubby under the front-seat center console." Speaking of the rear third row, Car and Driver reports that "the latest Highlander's third row is spacious enough for smaller adults to use."
In addition to the impressive occupant space, the 2010 Toyota Highlander offers a large amount of interior storage. Edmunds says the "center console could fit a small desktop computer." While "there's only grocery-bag space behind the third-row seat," according to ConsumerGuide, it does fold to create more cargo space. They are also impressed by the "top-notch small item storage" inside the 2010 Toyota Highlander.
Like most Toyota vehicles, the 2010 Toyota Highlander has generally high-quality materials and construction. ConsumerGuide notes that the 2010 Highlander has "above-average-grade plastics and comfortable cloth upholstery," although they point out "the fuzzy headliner feels cheap." But Cars.com takes a more negative tone, saying interior quality on the 2010 Toyota Highlander suffers because "most areas are trimmed in hard plastics," and "the textures lack the appeal of the stuff in several competitors." ConsumerGuide also finds few problems with noise levels, claiming that the Highlander is "generally quiet, though wind and road noise are noticed at highway speeds."
The 2010 Toyota Highlander ranks high in comfort and quality despite a few complaints about materials, thanks to its versatility and space.