Are you currently shopping for the best SUV for your family? Read about our experience with the Toyota Highlander to see if it’s right for you.
Last week I shared that my family and I are shopping for a new AWD SUV that will suit our life here in the mountains. And I shared our experience with the Mitsubishi Outlander GT. This week I’ll be sharing our experience with the Toyota Highlander.
Out of all of the vehicles I have lined up to test drive, the Toyota Highlander is the one I was most excited about. I had a Toyota Camry when my oldest was a baby, and it was a good car.
The instant I sat in the driver’s seat of the Toyota Highlander, I knew it was the most comfortable driver’s seat of any of the SUVs or crossovers that I’ve written about over the years. Super duper comfy, which is great for long drives.
One of the other things I love about the Toyota Highlander is how solid, durable and reliable it feels when you drive it. I felt like it would drive really well in the snow during the winter.
The girls said the back seat was super comfy on our roadtrip down to San Diego.
They love the window shades so they can take a nap.
The backseat has a full control panel too, so the passengers can control the temperature and even plug in electronics to the full electrical outlet.
There is plenty of space in the trunk, and it even has a cover to help conceal your valuables. There’s also a 3rd row hiding under there.
Our initial impression of the Toyota Highlander was that it was at the top of our list. However, after really getting to know it for a week, we’ve decided it’s not the best SUV for us.
While it felt great driving around town, when we drove it down the mountain, I didn’t feel like it handled as well as some of the other SUVs we’ve driven on mountain roads. It felt stiffer than I like.
The one deciding factor that ultimately made us cross the Toyota Highlander off our list, however, is the Auto Stop and Start feature. Every time you come to a stop and have your foot on the brake, the car shuts off. Sounds like it would be great for gas consumption, right?
While the Toyota Highlander does start again when you put your foot on the gas, there is a lag. The feature really bothered us, and while you can turn it off, you have to do so before each trip and that seems like a huge inconvenience.
The gas mileage on the AWD version of the Toyota Highlander is 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Not the best, but not terrible considering the AWD version is a V6 with an 8 speed engine.
While it’s not the best SUV for us, it may still be a great choice for your family. If you test drive the Toyota Highlander, I’d definitely be aware of that feature so you can see how you feel about it when driving the vehicle.