This all-new Toyota Highlander has numerous updates throughout to make it feel more modern than its previous generation, but it doesn’t stray from the established Highlander formula. What has changed is its competitive landscape, with fresh models from Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru giving three-row SUV shoppers other compelling choices.
To get an early sense of how this new Highlander measures up, we rented a pre-production model from Toyota. It is a top-of-the-line Highlander Platinum with all the bells and whistles, giving us a chance to try out all the features. We will buy a more mainstream Highlander XLE when it reaches dealerships, allowing us to test what's expected to be the most-sold version.
Below are our first impressions of the new Highlander.