The Toyota Highlander ranks among the best midsized, three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space. A third row allows seating for eight in a pinch--or seven with optional second-row captain's chairs--and folds flat easily for more cargo stowage. The smooth and punchy 3.5-liter V6 is matched to a six-speed automatic (an eight-speed arrives for 2017). The Hybrid gets 25 mpg overall compared to the conventional engine's 20. It's a long reach to some controls, particularly the standard 6.1-inch touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive safety suite will also be available for the 2017 model year.