It’s easy to make a roomy crossover. Just make it longer and wider than the competition, and presto! You have more space for passengers and cargo. But while this approach is perfect for many families, others will look for a smaller, less bulky vehicle that can still hold everyone. For many of them, that’s the 2019 Toyota Highlander — a mid-size crossover that handily outsold nearly every competitor last year.
The Highlander offers seating for up to eight passengers while being shorter and narrower than competitors like the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Subaru Ascent. Its pleasant driving dynamics, long list of standard safety technology, and clever family-friendly features further the Highlander’s appeal. However, the current generation dates back to 2014, making it older than most competitors.