The Toyota Highlander ranks among the best midsized, three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of an absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space. A third row allows seating for eight in a pinch--seven with optional second-row captain's chairs--and folds flat easily for more cargo stowage. The punchy 3.5-liter V6 is matched to an eight-speed automatic for 2017. The Hybrid gets 25 mpg overall compared with the conventional engine's 20. It's a long reach to some controls, particularly the touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive suite of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, is standard for the 2017 model year.