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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Interior

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Reviewers like the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s interior. They say it’s well-appointed with high-quality materials. However, some aren’t enamored with the faux-wood trim on the Limited model.

  • ­+"The Base model's interior is fitted with above-average-grade plastics and comfortable cloth upholstery. Only the fuzzy headliner feels cheap. Most other Highlanders have good-quality leather and metal-look trim throughout the cabin. The Limited's interior adds some unconvincing faux wood." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Life inside the Highlander Hybrid is about as comfy as it gets. Though the materials don't seem as fine as in past models, the leather seats are still soft and heated in the front row." -- Mother Proof (2011)

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The 2013 Highlander Hybrid seats up to seven people. Cloth seats are standard on the base Highlander Hybrid, while the Limited trim gets perforated leather seats standard. Leather is available as part of a package on the base model too. Power heated front seats are also standard on the Limited. Reviewers say the Highlander Hybrid’s front seats are comfortable and supportive. They also say that forward visibility is decent, though rearward visibility could be better. In back, critics generally like the middle row, with one saying he found the removable center seat handy. The third row isn’t so popular, with most reviewers saying that there is little legroom, even with the middle row moved all the way forward.  

  • "Highlander's seats are nicely supportive, and there's ample headroom and legroom. Forward visibility is good thanks to its elevated seating position. Rear visibility is impaired by 2nd-row headrests and thick rear roof pillars. Entering Highlander requires only a modest step up." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The third row is really only fit for kids or short trips. With the second row as far forward as possible, I still felt squished sitting back there. The kids don't seem to mind, though, even if their knees are touching the seats in front of them." -- Mother Proof (2011)
  • "We've always liked the Highlander's 40/20/40 second row. It reclines, it slides back and forth, and the central ‘20’ section is removable (and stowable onboard) to create a center aisle and separate buckets with fold-down armrests. There are lots of clever ideas in here." -- Edmunds (2011)

Interior Features

The Highlander Hybrid comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary ports and Bluetooth. A backup camera, HD Radio, satellite radio and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system are also standard. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional on both trims. The Limited trim adds a nine-speaker JBL stereo and a power sunroof as standard equipment. Reviewers say that most of the controls are easy to use and reach, though some had a hard time acclimating to the navigation system, which absorbs some controls for the stereo.  

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  • "The Highlander Hybrid comes very well equipped, as what was the Leather Premium package is now the base spec." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All versions have large, easy-to-read gauges and high-mounted audio and climate controls. The available navigation system is fairly intuitive but absorbs and complicates some audio-system adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The systems take some getting used to, but it's not impossible." -- Mother Proof (2011)


The 2013 Highlander Hybrid can carry up to 94.1 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows of seats folded. This figure lags behind its most cavernous rivals like the Chevrolet Traverse. Behind the second row there are 42.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and 10.3 cubic feet behind the third row. One critic says the third row folds easily, but the middle row is more difficult to fold. Reviewers say that small item storage is sufficient, though one isn’t particularly impressed.

  • "There's only grocery-bag space behind the 3rd-row seat, but it stows quickly to create a flat floor. The split 2nd-row seat backs are more cumbersome to fold and don't lay quite flat." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Storage up front is sufficient but not impressive. While there are four cupholders in the center console area, the console's bin itself is rather small. The bottleholders in the doors only fit a small bottle, and the door bins are narrow. It's not unworkable; it only meant that I had to manage my clutter." -- Mother Proof (2011)

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