Buyers stopping into their local Toyota showroom will find three distinct Highlander models—a gas-powered four-cylinder, a gas-powered V-6, and a hybrid. We've not had the opportunity to test the four-cylinder model, but the V-6 makes 295 horsepower and is hooked up to an easy-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Throttle response is sleepy, and the transmission is hesitant to downshift for extra power when called upon, but for the most part, this pair should serve most buyers just fine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The hybrid uses a retuned version of V-6 and two electric motors to produce 306 horsepower; a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, as is all-wheel drive and this setup is similarly easygoing.
While base-level LE and LE Plus Highlanders come with a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum grades come with captain’s chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum.) Space is plentiful in the second row, but we found that our seven-passenger test car’s bucket seats were mounted too low for optimal comfort. Still, the Highlander’s sliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared with the thin and flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full six inches fewer than what the Volkswagen Atlas’s rearmost row offers. If you regularly haul enough passengers to merit frequent use of the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
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For some users, this type of vehicle may also be financially attractive so long as the electrical energy being used is cheaper than the petrol/diesel that they would have otherwise used. Current tax systems in many European countries use mineral oil taxation as a major income source. This is generally not the case for electricity, which is taxed uniformly for the domestic customer, however that person uses it. Some electricity suppliers also offer price benefits for off-peak night users, which may further increase the attractiveness of the plug-in option for commuters and urban motorists.