The Highlander’s listed seating capacity is seven. However, the middle seat in the second row is quite narrow (it can be folded away and left open or replaced with a console), and there’s so little legroom in the third row that it might be a tight fit for adults. The third row is accessible by folding down one of the second row seats. The second and third rows fold down for increased cargo capacity – a total of 146.8 cubic ft.
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Interior features include a backup camera and a 3.5-in. LCD touchscreen Multi-Information Display with customizable settings, outside temperature, clock, fuel economy history, distance to empty, tire pressure monitoring, hybrid system information and warning messages. 8-way adjustable power driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable power front passenger seat are standard, along with audio, Bluetooth, and voice-command controls built into the tilting, telescoping steering wheel.
Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, ABS, and brake assist technology. Both the driver and front passenger are protected by front and side airbags and all three rows get curtain airbags in case of a rollover. The driver also gets a knee airbag.
The Highlander Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. You’ve got the capacity and power to haul around half a soccer team or tow the family camper when you need it, but if you’re just driving around town, the hybrid system gives you far better mileage than a non-hybrid SUV.