After three generations reserved for other markets, the fourth benefited from a hybrid version allowing it to reach the European market. Can the most luxurious Toyota SUV with these 7 seats make its nest on the old continent? Will it compete with bestsellers like the Peugeot 5008 and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace? Direction the Chevreuse valley to check it out.
The Highlander is based on the TNGAK platform that is also found on the Toyota Camry and Rav-4. Of course, this has been stretched for the occasion since the Highlander stands out as the largest SUV in the Toyota range with its 4.96 m long and 1.93 m wide. This also clearly makes it one of the biggest in the segment, behind the Ford Explorer.
In terms of looks, this Highander is typical of Toyota SUVs. The manufacturer has a harmonious range. The grille in particular is almost the same as that of the RAV-4 with just a few touches of chrome in addition: on the grille, mirrors and door surrounds in particular. Because this Highlander wants to be Premium.
Under the hood, we find a 248 hp 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder. At least that was needed to move this machine which weighs almost 2.2 tons. But this allows it to display a reasonable average consumption for the category with 7 l / 100 km in the WLTP cycle, corresponding to emissions of 158 g / km of CO2.
The trunk is one of its strengths: fully folded seats, the Highlander offers up to 1,909 liters. The volume remains 865 liters in 5-seater configuration and 323 liters in 7-seater.
On board, the Highlander is very welcoming. In particular, it offers tri-zone air conditioning as standard. It will be necessary to upgrade to the mid-range Lounge finish to take advantage of the large 7.3-inch screen and air-conditioned seats. The head-up display is reserved for the upper trim level.
Finally, Toyota doesn’t skimp on safety. This is no longer an option for the brand: pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with lane keeping and lane departure warning. Nothing is missing.
We let you discover the video to judge for yourself the exterior and interior finishes.