2012 Toyota Highlander Limited
(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 8/31/2010 (2011 Highlander Limited)
The available 3.5L V6 (standard on Limited) has only enough power to allow for adequate acceleration. However, the powertain is smooth and flexible. The V6's transmission has only five gears; four-cylinder models get six-speed automatics.
Slalom and skid pad performance during instrumented testing was average and unremarkable. But this vehicle is more likely to negotiate shopping mall parking lots and suburban streets to soccer practice, where everyday handling is fine.
Compliant and soft ride. However, there is some body movement and roll.
Very quiet, with only a bit of road and wind noise.
The driving position is comfortable and fully adjustable, but the steering wheel has limited travel telescoping out. All switches and stalks are easy to use and understand.
Good visibility for a larger crossover, with ample glass area to see through. However, the rear pillars are slightly thick. A backup camera is available.
Seat Access & Space
Spacious front-seat area with ample headroom. The second row features an ingenious removable center seat that converts the three- across seating to comfortable captain's chairs with armrests. Third row access from right-rear door only.
Cargo & Storage
Great cargo space and innovative storage features including a center console storage area for the second row that can replace the center seat. The front-seat area has four center console cupholders.
Consistent, close gaps of the interior and exterior panels. Quality materials throughout the cabin. The switches, stalks and knobs have excellent switch feel.