The Toyota Highlander debuted in 2001 as the fifth model in Toyota’s SUV lineup. The Highlander was an early example of a crossover vehicle: an SUV based on a car rather than a truck platform. The design delivers carlike handling and ride comfort, but lacks true off-road capability. Early Highlanders had two rows to seat five people, but by 2004 an available third row increased seating capacity to seven. When the third-generation Highlander arrived for 2014, maximum seating increased to eight thanks to a wider third row. The current fourth-generation Highlander debuted as a 2020 model.