2019 Toyota Highlander Walk Around

Overall, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is well-proportioned and muscular. The grille looks like a five-blade shaving razor. It’s a long wagon-like vehicle that makes no bones about being a minivan substitute—but it doesn’t go all-in with sliding side doors.

The SE doubles down with all that black trim. It’s not a performance model—it just likes the sporty clothes.

Interior

The Highlander cabin is comfortable and well designed, resulting in convenience, functionality and good looks.

The wide two-tiered dashboard is laid out logically, with pass-throughs for USB chargers to keep it clean. There’s an abundance of small storage spots, in addition to the shelf that’s integrated into the dash. The quality of the materials is high, and the trims are mostly attractive. Some wear silver plastic trim, others a woodgrain.

The infotainment system is easy to use but it can be slow, and unfortunately Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available.

The Highlander’s forte is carrying people. The front seats are soft and supportive, with power adjustment on the driver’s side; the XLE and above get power for the passenger as well.

The second-row seats slide fore and aft, allowing for ample legroom. Two captain’s chairs are available to replace the three-person bench, which improve access to the third row. That rearmost seat is livable for small adults, but best for kids as all of them are. It folds with the pull of a lever, creating a flat but somewhat high cargo floor.

The 2019 Highlander’s cargo space is beyond impressive. There’s a trunk-sized 14 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row; an extremely useful 42 cubic feet with the third row folded; and with the second row folded, you can fit 83 cubic feet of stuff in there.

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