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Original MSRP: $32,490 - $36,550
MPG: 32 City / 27 Hwy
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2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was new.

The interior is generally liked for its simple, solid design and excellent ergonomics. Car and Driver calls the Hybrid cabin of "superb fit and finish." The 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid seats four to five adults comfortably and comes with an optional third-row bench, which seats up to two more.

The 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, according to auto reviewers, is comfortable, clean and even bare. Edmunds finds the cabin design "thoughtful" with "all the controls and storage areas within easy reach and made of solid materials." The Washington Post calls the interior "borderline ascetic," and "designed for guilt-free sin." Auto writers from BusinessWeek find the cabin "clean and well-put-together."

Seating

The 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's interior has accommodating seating, with bucket seats in the front and a third-row option that auto writers find tight-fitting. The SUV can seat four adults comfortably and "a fifth can squeeze in the second row for shorter trips," says Forbes. Kelley Blue Book calls the front bucket seats "supportive" with "wide bottoms and a good amount of lower lumbar support." The Chicago Sun-Times notes that the "power adjustments on the driver's seat work with the tilt steering wheel to provide a suitable driving position."

Toyota understands how important good and plentiful cupholders are to American families. The Highlander Hybrid has a whopping 10 of them, including those accessible to optional third row seat passengers. Edmunds appreciates their abundance, noting that they help "make the Highlander Hybrid a natural for family."

The most notable optional interior feature on the 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the fabric-trimmed third-row bench seat, which reclines to increase cargo space and comes with height-adjustable headrests and cupholders. But auto writers find the third seat, although boosting passenger capacity to seven, tight and limited. Cars.com reports that "the cramped third-row seat is for kids and there's only space for such things as grocery bags behind that seat unless it's folded into the floor." Edmunds adds that access to the optional third row seat is "poor."

Interior Features

Interior features on the 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid include power windows, remote keyless entry, fabric-trimmed doors, an eight-way adjustable power driver's seat with power lumbar support and height-adjustable headrest, 60/40 split reclining fold-flat second-row seats, Optitron illuminated instrument meters, two rear-door dual bottle holders, center console with two adjustable cupholders and storage and auxiliary power outlets. The Boston Globe reports that the "simplicity of dashboard controls" inside the 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a "nice touch" with "big dials and buttons." Most auto reviewers express a similar view.

The Limited model adds automatic digital climate control, a JBL 3-in-1 AM/FM cassette/six-disc in-dash CD changer, a fabric-trimmed power passenger seat with four-way adjustment and silver and burled-maple wood-grain-style interior trim with chrome door handle accents.

Cargo

The 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes with 80.6 cubic feet of cargo volume if both sets of rear seats are folded down, and a meager 10.5 cubic feet of space behind the upright rear seats. While BusinessWeek acknowledges the "enormous" amount of storage room with all seats folded, they also mention that "with the third row of seats in use, though, there's virtually no luggage space in back, so the Highlander isn't practical for taking a large crew on long trips." Consumer Guide says that "only grocery-bag space [is available] behind 3rd-row seat."

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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