2017 Toyota Highlander: Car Seat Check

                         2017 Toyota Highlander: Car Seat Check
2017 Toyota Highlander; Cars.com photos by Evans Sears and Christian Lantry

For 2017, Toyota updated its Highlander three-row SUV with lightly tweaked styling, a new powertrain for enhanced performance and better fuel economy as well as more additional standard safety features. The 2017 Highlander has seven or eight seats, depending on the configuration. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a model with second-row captain's chairs, making for a capacity of seven.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, but only one can be a forward-facing convertible, as the Highlander's third row has only one top tether anchor and room is tight.

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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.