Steering feel, tight third-row seat, intrusive head restraints.
The Highlander has a cushy ride, roomy cabin, and smooth powertrain. It has roomy second-row seats and a tight but usable, third-row seat. The middle seat in the second row can be removed and stowed to create an aisle to the third-row. The 3.5-liter V6 delivers solid performance and 18 mpg overall. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic are available on FWD versions. The Hybrid's 3.5-liter V6 returns an impressive 27 mpg overall. Handling is sound and secure but not particularly agile, and the steering feels vague. The controls are easy to use, fit and finish is very good, and cabin access is easy. A longer and wider redesign arrives in early 2014.