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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...
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The 2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid excel at people-toting--although they're neither quite as spacious nor quite as refined inside as some other three-row models like the Ford Flex or Chevrolet Traverse.
A wide range of people--from busy moms to geriatric empty-nesters--are going to appreciate the Highlander's ride height, and the height of its seats. In front or in the second row, they're easy to climb into (or easy to lift a child into), and their wide, soft, and flat contours make getting in easy, even if they don't give you much side support in the corners (you're not going to racing around them anyhow).
The Highlander's head room soars, even in the second row where the roofline tapers ever so slightly, and leg room is ample too--the Highlander's middle seat reclines, and can be configured with a "Center Stow" seat that provides a middle seat, or folds out of the way so parents can climb into the standard third-row bench to load in kidlets.Beginning last year, all Highlanders started to include the third-row seat, which had previously been optional; it's acceptable, but no adult would want to sit on this small, rather hard vinyl-upholstered bench for very long.
Behind those seats, it gets better--especially if you keep the third row folded. The Highlander offers a swell amount of interior storage, and both the second and third rows fold forward flat. A cargo cover is included in all versions from the new Highlander Plus trim on up, and with the seats flipped forward there's up to 95.4 cubic feet of total capacity (or 94.1 in the Highlander Hybrid).
There are plenty of places to store electronics and smaller items, too. The center console is vast and deep, and bins on the doors will easily hold iPads or game controllers.
With three rows of seating and a relatively smooth ride, the Highlander is spacious and versatile in all the ways a busy family would want.