The 2020 Toyota Highlander is bigger than the design it replaces, escalating some 2.36 inches in general size. All of that very considerably went to its pretty close, as the cargo location aft of the third row sees the only significant enhance of interior place, escalating to sixteen. cubic feet from 13.eight. 

Seems good, but when you seem at the 2020 Highlander as opposed to these key competitors, you can see that sixteen. is nevertheless lesser than them all. And it can be behind that third row where by excess cubic feet can truly make the distinction, where by just one bag may possibly be remaining behind or you can have to vacation resort to a rooftop provider. By contrast, the Highlander’s place with the third or second rows lowered is seemingly on par for the segment, as by those metrics, all entries are basically a variety of levels of enormous.

Now, to date, I have only put the Hyundai Palisade and Mazda CX-9 to the baggage check from the a few-row midsize crossover segment, as well as the Volvo XC90 and Cadillac XT6 luxury versions. You can also see how the Volkswagen Atlas did in the video clip at the bottom of this webpage. So, I will never be in a position to make any segment-broad declarations, but yet, let’s see how the new Highlander’s sixteen cubic feet translates into genuine things. 

The Highlander’s third-row seat reclines tremendously, indicating that the quantity of place available can differ tremendously. Clockwise from above remaining: thoroughly folded, thoroughly upright (pretty much a ninety-degree angle, you DO NOT want to sit back again there), thoroughly reclined (nearly way too considerably, but legroom is nevertheless very poor for the segment) and a comfy recline angle I picked as a good harmony involving third-row consolation and remaining place. 

We will be heading in get of those reclining angles.

As constantly, I use two midsize roller suitcases that would need to have to be checked in at the airport (26 inches very long, sixteen broad, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that just barely match in the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and just one lesser roll-aboard that matches very easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I also involve my wife’s fancy right away bag just to spruce things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D). 

Totally upright

The two major bags and the smallest roller bag match (remaining), or if you take the major gray just one out, all the other roller bags (appropriate). The fancy bag technically could match on the appropriate aspect, but it would block your look at and could probably fly ahead. No go. 

By contrast, when you put the Palisade’s third row in its minimum reclined situation (which nevertheless provides passable consolation, BTW), you can match the 4 major bags, like the gray just one. 

Snug third-row angle

Essentially, I lost the bigger blue bag and replaced it with the small fancy bag. This is greater than the Mazda CX-9, even with that rival utilizing a lowering load floor. 

Entire recline

The two mid-dimensions bags, barely. 

How to match all the bags

I attempted my finest to match them all by just lowering the forty portion of the 60/forty-break up third row, but accomplishing so would involve stacking the two major bags atop just about every other. A quick switch to port would outcome in the best just one flying on to the third-row passengers. Ouch. No go.

It was considerably safer dropping the 60 portion, and accomplishing so allowed me to load all of the baggage, but that’s very considerably all she wrote. Yet again, there was nevertheless some area remaining about in the Palisade when I loaded all the bags, AND I did so applying the forty portion.

So, the quantities really don’t lie below: The Highlander is in truth lesser. Even so, it is at minimum extra practical than the CX-9 and Cadillac XT6. 

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