As the minivan increasingly (and undeservingly?) loses favor as the go-to family hauler, three-row SUVs like the Toyota Highlander are swooping in to lure in large families instead. The current, fourth-generation Highlander got a full redesign in the 2020 model year, revealing a better-equipped yet pricier SUV. Can the third-gen Highlander (2014-19) present better value at a more digestible price?
Related: 2017 Toyota Highlander: Our View
Cars.com’s team of automotive experts took a deep dive into the previous-gen Highlander in our 2014 and 2017 reviews and pitted it against competitors in a 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge. To give additional perspectives on what that Highlander does well, and where it falls short, we analyzed Cars.com user reviews of the third-gen Highlander to identify collective pros (raves) and cons (rants) from vehicle owners and compared them to our experts’ feedback.