Toyota Highlander Interior
The interior is generally liked for its simple, solid design and excellent ergonomics. Motor Week finds the interior "well-laid out, and superbly put together." The 2007 Toyota Highlander seats four to five adults comfortably and comes with an optional third-row bench, which seats up to two more.
Since 2004, the Highlander has had a third seat option available, and it continues to be the most controversial element of the 2007 Toyota Highlander's interior. It is perfect for large families that seat small children in the back, but problematic for those who require the extra legroom or hauling space.
There is plenty that the Toyota Highlander has in common with the most spacious sport utility vehicles, including what Kelley Blue Book notes as, "a standard console (that) fills the void between the front seats." This console has two large cup holders, a center storage area and a floor-level storage tray. Motor Week writes "Inside, the Highlander is roomier overall than the Grand Cherokee..."
The most controversial aspect of the interior is the optional third-row seat which may be a deterrent for those that desire a little more leg room. Car and Driver says "Third-row seating is tight, but the rest of the interior is spacious." MSN agrees, commenting "Small adults and children are best suited for the Highlander's third row. At 5 feet 4, I found my knees were close to the second-row seatback as I sat there -- legroom is 30.2 inches -- and headroom of 36.3 inches can feel confining." Edmunds notes that the second-row seat's lack of a flip-and-fold mechanism "makes the third row tougher to access than most."
The Highlander's standard features include air-conditioning with air filter, 3-in-1 AM/FM Cassette/CD with six speakers and fixed mast antenna, power windows with driver auto up/down with jam protection and door locks, and fabric-trimmed doors with integrated speakers, map pockets and courtesy lamps.
The 2007 Toyota Highlander provides 10.5 feet of cargo volume with all three rows of seats in use. Cargo space increases to 39.7 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 80.6 cubic feet with the second row folded -- the best position for hauling larger objects.