The interior layout, fit and finish
All Toyota Highlanders get an electrically adjustable driver's seat, complete with a memory function. It lines up well with the pedals and steering wheel, so it’s easy to find a driving position that suits you, and the seat is comfortable when you're going in a straight line. You might wish for a bit more side support to stop you sliding around through corners, though.
The dashboard is fairly intuitive, with logical controls for the air-conditioning and large, clearly labelled buttons. Visibility is good, too, thanks in part to a seriously lofty driving position that puts you almost eye-to-eye with Range Rover owners.
If you’re hoping for a truly sumptuous interior, you'll be disappointed. That's not to say that the Highlander feels cheap or low-rent inside – it's roughly on a par with the Santa Fe and Sorento for quality. Just don't expect the upmarket feel of a Volvo XC90 or Land Rover Discovery. Your fingers don’t have to wander too far to find harder plastics on the doors, for example, and the centre console that separates driver and passengers also feels a bit wobbly. You do get leather seats as standard, though.