Your trim choices for the Grand Highlander are XLE, Limited, and Platinum. Its internal-combustion powertrain pairs up a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive is standard, but most buyers will seek out the optional all-wheel drive.
The Grand Highlander is spacious, offering a potential of 97.5 cubic feet of cargo area when the second- and third-row seats are folded flat. Fuel economy for the Grand Highlander varies, with the XLE achieving an EPA-estimated 21 miles to a gallon in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. The Limited and Platinum both are EPA rated to return 20 mpg around town and 26 mpg on the highway.
The XLE gets wireless smartphone charging (Qi compatible), keyless entry, tri-zone auto climate control, Softex-upholstered seats (heated in the first row), a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 8-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, push-button ignition, second-row retractable sunshades, a power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rooftop rails, seven USB ports (one media and six charging), 13 cup/bottle holders, and 18-inch silver-finished wheels. The total capacity depends on how the middle row is configured: as the default pair of captain’s chairs (seven passengers) or the elective three-person bench (eight passengers).
The Limited is enhanced with leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front row and heated in the second row. It also has a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a driver’s position memory system, a hands-free liftgate, 20-inch multispoke wheels with a silver finish, power-folding heated outside mirrors, LED fog lights, and puddle lamps. The Platinum is even more plush, getting ventilated middle-row seats, a panoramic moonroof, and a head-up display.
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 3.0) comes standard on every 2024 Grand Highlander. The TSS 3.0 components found on all trims are adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane-tracing assist, and proactive driving assist, which enhances braking and distance control). A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and a backup camera with dynamic gridlines are also included. The Limited and Platinum receive front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking; only the Platinum comes with a digital rearview mirror, a surround-view camera system, front cross-traffic alert, downhill assist control, traffic jam assist, and a facial recognition feature.
The Grand Highlander’s multimedia system has a 12.3-inch touchscreen. It’s used to control the smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto), Bluetooth, the sound system (the two higher trims get an upgrade to a JBL unit with 11 speakers), and SiriusXM satellite radio. Wireless device charging is also standard, along with seven USB ports. Cloud Navigation services and access to a Wi-Fi hotspot and Toyota Connected Services (for emergency assistance, remote vehicle monitoring, and additional features) comes standard as well.