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Wondering how many people put 5 or more adults into their highlander? I am looking at getting a family car with a 3rd row without getting a Sienna. Just wondering how the comfort of the Highlander is.
 

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Wondering how many people put 5 or more adults into their highlander? I am looking at getting a family car with a 3rd row without getting a Sienna. Just wondering how the comfort of the Highlander is.
You would be better getting the Sienna. The Highlander will seat 4 adults comfortably and a small fifth person on the middle seat second row but I wouldn't want to be that 5th person. Third row will seat two small children but that's it.
 

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Six adults in a Highlander would not be comfortable for any distance. The 3rd row is for kids. The middle seat in the 2nd row is better suited for a child.
 
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It will definitely fit four normal adult Americans and 2 normal adult little people (being politically correct here).
 

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I've had 6 adults in mine, works fine for short to medium trips (medium being an hour or so). There is enough leg room for an adult, but anyone taller than 6' might have their hair starting to brush the headliner. The seat is rather rigid, so as others have said it's best for kids, especially getting in and out.
 

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Wondering how many people put 5 or more adults into their highlander? I am looking at getting a family car with a 3rd row without getting a Sienna. Just wondering how the comfort of the Highlander is.
Only twice. I removed my 3rd row seat and replaced it with a storage bin in a swap with another member, and 99.9% of the time I have the center seat/console removed and just use the storage bin in the center location. I just don't have the need to fit in five or more adults, but I will say almost every time I have two adults in the back they rave about the amount of leg room and space in the 2nd row, plus they love the comfortable ride compared to other SUVs. :)
 

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I have the '08 and one of the reasons I picked it over the Honda Pilot was the 3rd row seat was more useful than the size of the one in the Pilot. I've sat in the 3rd row from time to time and I'm 5' 11" 165 and my niece is 5' 9" 120. We were fine for about an hour or two but for a long trip, 4-8 hours it would be a bit tight. Also it's not a deep seat like the 2nd row. Now, two kids about 70 lbs. each might work, assuming they really liked each other. Basically my conclusion is that the Highlander is great for four adults on a long trip.

In the past I've rented any car I'm interested in and taken it on a long trip to really check it out.
 

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I guess this is pretty much what I thought. I wont have more than 4 adults often, but when I do, they expect to use this car.

I still have yet to drive a Highlander but its still in my #1 spot for my next car. The highlander has the most going for it as far as what I would get for the price, and it seems to have a pretty big community (biggest on this site besides Tacoma) and the best reliability.

Other cars I am looking at 2013-14 Ford Flex/Explorer (questionable american reliability ) 2010-2013 Acura MDX (pricey and low MPG, but nicest) 2012-2014 Honda Pilot (outdated compared to the rest)
 
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