What is the Highlander?
The Toyota Highlander is a three-row midsize SUV that has been a popular mainstay in this segment for more than a decade. For 2023, the Highlander got a series of updates that included a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood and upgraded technology features across a few trim levels. We expect that the 2024 model will arrive without major changes on the heels of the recent updates.
The Highlander's engine is shared with the Lexus RX 350 and makes a robust 265 horsepower, giving the Highlander plenty of power for a smooth and responsive driving experience. There's only one drawback: The engine is pretty noisy, and a drone fills the cabin while you're accelerating. Speaking of the cabin, the Highlander added wireless connectivity for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard feature for the 2023 model year. The Highlander's wireless charging pad is also in a perfect position, tucked underneath the screen where it doesn't get in the way of the storage spaces between the front seats. Where the Highlander falls short continues to be its third row, which is really only comfortable for children. Those looking for more room should consider the Volkswagen Atlas with its giant third row, or the Kia Telluride, which continues to pace this class with its potent mix of value, easy-to-use technology and passenger room.