2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 5 helpful features that I experienced

  • Toyota's popular hybrid mid-size SUV priced from $40,720
  • Offered in seven- and eight-seat versions
  • Delivers a combined fuel economy (Toyota-est.) of 36 MPG (FWD)/35 MPG (AWD)
  • Now available at U.S. dealerships

The 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is now at U.S. dealers. After having some first-hand experience recently, I think these are the five biggest pros or most helpful features of the 2024 Highlander Hybrid:

Practical first & second-row seats

If you are a family of four or five, you don’t have to upgrade to the Grand Highlander simply for the fact the first two rows of seats on the 2024 Highlander Hybrid offer ample headroom, knee room, and shoulder room even for six-footers.

Plenty of storage options

Looking around the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I spotted plenty of pockets where I would be able to fit everyday items. The large center console box, bottle holders, and two shelves carved into the dashboard – one underneath the passenger-side dash and the other below the infotainment system, would be enough space for almost everything that I would carry to the workplace or the fairgrounds with the family.

Ample cargo with the 3rd row seats down

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid cargo area
If you are looking at a car for 6-7 adults (3 rows up) with a lot of cargo space, I suggest you look at the new Grand Highlander.

Folding down the third-row seats, I am convinced that I could do a roadtrip or go camping with my family. With some clever planning, I feel that there’s enough space back there for four large suitcases and a smaller bag.

Physical controls on the dashboard

I’m all for technology and advancement in UI, but it’s foolish for car designers to think that touchscreens would work for everyone and in every situation. To me, the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid finds the sweet spot between digital and manual controls. They’ve kept physical buttons for things like the air conditioner, seat blowers, and volume adjustments. Top marks to Toyota’s designers for getting this right!

Fantastic range & gas mileage

The 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid delivers 36 MPG (combined), which puts it at the top of its segment. On a full tank of gas, I could see myself covering 500 miles before having to stop again.

While the hybrid model does not get the Multi-Terrain Select modes or Dynamic Torque Vectoring for the AWD system and is down 1,500 lb. in towing compared to the gas model, the excellent fuel efficiency more than makes up for their absence.