2024 Toyota Grand Highlander – Test Drive Review

Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum is a fusion of performance, luxury, and family-friendly features.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the all-new 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum, which left quite an impression on me. This family-friendly three-row SUV boasts impressive performance, a stunning exterior design, a luxurious interior, and a hybrid engine that stands out. Let’s dive into the highlights, making this car a remarkable choice for long and short family trips. The 2024 Grand Highlander catches your attention from the moment you see it. The unique front grille with integrated vents gives the vehicle an aggressive yet sophisticated look. The 20-inch alloy wheel, sleek LED taillights, and headlights contribute to its modern and dynamic appearance. The panoramic moonroof adds a touch of openness to the cabin, enhancing the overall experience for both drivers and passengers.

Luxurious and Aesthetically Pleasing Interior

Step inside, and you’re greeted by a well-designed interior that oozes luxury and comfort. The spaciousness of the third row, with an impressive 33.5 inches of legroom, ensures that even adults can sit comfortably. The available 60/40 second-row bench seating and 60/40 third-row fold-flat functionality make configuring the interior a breeze, allowing for flexible cargo and seating arrangements. Heated front seats and an available heated steering wheel are perfect for chilly mornings. At the same time, the second-row retractable window sunshades and three-zone automatic climate control contribute to a serene and comfortable atmosphere for all passengers. The ambient lighting sets the mood, creating a pleasant ambiance during night drives. With abundant cup holders and power outlets, the Grand Highlander ensures convenience for all occupants.


Hybrid Performance Excellence

The Hybrid MAX option delivers a robust 362 net horsepower and an EPA-estimated 27 combined MPG for those seeking even more performance. Integrating three distinct driving modes (Sport Mode, Eco Mode, Normal Mode) allows drivers to tailor their driving experience to their preferences. Multi-Terrain Select or Trail Mode, available on all-wheel-drive models, enhances traction across various road conditions.

Unparalleled Safety and Cutting-Edge Technology

The 2024 Grand Highlander strongly emphasizes safety, thanks to the standard Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite. Features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Tracing Assist contribute to elevated driving confidence. Automatic High Beams and Proactive Driving Assist further enhance the safety net. The tech features in the Grand Highlander are equally impressive. The 12.3-inch touchscreen with Toyota Audio Multimedia offers intuitive controls and access to features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, streamlining connectivity. The Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging eliminates the hassle of cords while keeping your devices charged. And if you’re an audiophile, the 1,200-watt JBL Audio System with eleven speakers promises a phenomenal sound experience.


The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is a standout three-row SUV at a $60K price point. It ticks all the boxes for families seeking performance, luxury, safety, and technology. Its hybrid engine sets a new standard for efficiency and power, making it an ideal choice for short daily drives and long family road trips. The sharp exterior design and thoughtfully designed interior ensure that you’ll be riding in style, while the array of features, from safety to entertainment, provide a truly exceptional driving experience. Toyota has succeeded in creating a family-friendly vehicle and a pleasure to drive.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum

Exterior – 8.5/10

Interior – 8.5/10

Performance – 9/10

Value – 10/10

Overall Grade – 9/10


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