Redesigned for 2008, the second-generation Highlander grew in size, looking more like the midsized car-based SUV it is rather than an overgrown station wagon.
Refinement dominates throughout, with a comfortable ride that isolates occupants from bumps and a very quiet interior.
Driving the Highlander doesn't feel bulky in turns, but the artificial steering feel inhibits agility.
Power from the 3.5-liter V6 is spirited; expect 18 mpg with all-wheel-drive.
A four-cylinder was available, but only with front-wheel-drive.
The hybrid delivers 24 mpg; a new engine, introduced for 2011, bumps fuel economy to an amazing 27 mpg.
Controls are very simple, with giant knobs and buttons.
Second-row seat accommodations are roomy and comfortable; the third-row seat remains cramped.
Earlier versions have a third row seat that doesn't fold in sections, reducing cargo flexibility.
Higher trim versions come with a standard backup camera and all have standard stability control.