2014 Toyota Highlander: Road Trip Number Eight
April 7, 2015
By my count, Edmunds editors have taken our 2014 Toyota Highlander on seven long-distance, road-trip-like drives so far. Dan's trip to Oregon was the big one, but we've done plenty of shorter trips within California, too. I'm adding another one to that list, about 700 miles roundtrip for a family road trip over the Easter weekend.
It's fair to say that we like the Highlander when the open road beckons.
My wife and I packed up our two kids (ages 3 and 7) and headed out on Thursday evening. Since it was a shorter-duration trip and not for a holiday that requires a bunch of extra stuff (Christmas, for example), our load of luggage and kid accessories was pretty manageable. It could have fit it in a smaller vehicle certainly, but at the same time there is something to be said for the relaxed space that a three-row crossover for a family of four provides.
Our gear fit easily behind the second-row seats, our kids were comfortable in those captain's chairs, and of course we were all set up front.
I'm midway through the trip right now so look for a follow-up post that includes fuel economy and some other specific details. I know I'll be clearing 20,000 miles during this trip.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,874 miles