As soon as I turned off my street and pressed the pedal, the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid Max

Platinum surprised me. Not because it was the quickest SUV I've driven—that distinction goes to the Escalade V-Series I tested last year—but rather

It astonished me. It seems incredible that a mid-size SUV with a name that sounds like a

Highlander might have a really intriguing hybrid engine arrangement. In my perspective, the Grand Highlander

Hybrid Max improved from a respectable SUV to a fantastic one. It's the type of SUV you send your kids to school in, and then use the journey home to

Unwind alone. The Grand Highlander isn't all fun and games, though; the handling still appears sloppy. This SUV has a reasonable amount of body roll for such a sporty vehicle.