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Question Toyota Highlander 2nd row seats - fold down?

So I was looking at the 2009 Highlander due to great reviews. Problem is i will have times I want to carry stuff or sleep in it and 2nd row seats do not lay flat.
Staying close to 2009 -/+ years, which of those allow 2nd row of seats to go totally flat?
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Hey there retrobeast - I moved your thread to the 2nd gen Highlander forum where the knowledgeable folks there can probably answer your question.

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Doing a search in this forum, I found this thread which indicates the second row seats DO fold down. Not sure if it’s a feature on all Highlanders, or just on some optional packages.

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At time of post I could not find a Highlander site.
I checked out a 2009 and the 2nd row of seats did not lay flat. Maybe it was just that year.
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It does not fold flat. There will be a slight angle to it. Makes for a slightly uncomfortable sleep, in addition to the 2 plastic pegs that stick out the back.
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Yep. it's angled up. 4Runner folds flat. Surely can be accommodated with some pad... but why to carry extra stuff around..



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It’s fairly flat.
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So I was looking at the 2009 Highlander due to great reviews. Problem is i will have times I want to carry stuff or sleep in it and 2nd row seats do not lay flat.
Staying close to 2009 -/+ years, which of those allow 2nd row of seats to go totally flat?
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It does not fold flat. There will be a slight angle to it. Makes for a slightly uncomfortable sleep, in addition to the 2 plastic pegs that stick out the back.
I don't know, I've been camping/sleeping in the back of my Highlander now for 11 years and I've had no problems. I use an Intex twin air mattress, and the slight angle has been no issue for me. I guess that's also a matter of personal preference and/or tolerances. For people that have slept in a flat indoor bed all their lives then perhaps a slight tilt toward the head is intolerable, but for people who have spent months or years deployed in the military and sleeping on concrete, dirt, anywhere, a slight tilt toward the head is literally nothing. Not impugning anyone, but just saying it's all about personal tolerances. To me, the tilt has been nothing.
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