Toyota Highlander

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The redesigned, fourth-generation Highlander retains its qualities of comfortable ride and a smooth powertrain. Handling is sound and secure.
Interior fit and finish is upgraded, particularly in higher trim versions. The smooth and punchy 295-hp V6 packs a lot of reserve power and gets a competitive 22 mpg overall. The hybrid version is less powerful but gets an excellent 35 mpg overall. Both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations are available. Either way, the second row is very roomy but the third row is tiny. Controls are easy to use and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite includes standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are optional.
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2014-2019
2014 Redesign Year
The Toyota Highlander is a functional and family-friendly SUV. It delivers frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, and good road manners.
Edgier styling marked the 2014 redesign. Handling became more responsive and sure-footed, although the Highlander falls short of being engaging to drive. Compared to the 2008-2013 Highlander, this version is slightly less plush inside, has a bit more interior noise, and lacks the same cushy low-speed ride isolation. Most Highlanders have a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission; we measured 20 mpg overall, two better than before. An expensive hybrid version returns 25 mpg overall. Inside, minivan-like second-row accommodations make good use of this generation's added length, although the third row seat remains suitable only for kids. Controls are simple and a backup camera is standard. 2014-2016 versions force you to get a top-trim Limited to get desirable features like blind spot monitoring and advanced safety equipment. That changed in 2017, when forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking became standard. That year also brought a new eight-speed automatic transmission. 
$27,650 - $41,000
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$25,375 - $36,475
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$23,675 - $31,800
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$20,525 - $28,550
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$17,750 - $25,525
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$16,375 - $22,825
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2008-2013
2008 Redesign Year
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.
$13,475 - $17,725
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$12,200 - $15,525
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$10,925 - $13,625
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$9,800 - $12,350
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$8,575 - $11,225
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$7,950 - $10,600
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2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Well-rounded and pleasant, the Toyota Highlander has long been an excellent choice. This mid-sized SUV is a tad roomier and less costly than its Lexus RX sibling.
It's available with front- or all-wheel drive, and either a V6 or four-cylinder engine. The 2004 models added an optional third-row seat, standard stability control, and a more powerful V6. Expect 19 mpg overall. Quiet, roomy, and relaxing to drive, the Highlander has a very comfortable ride and easy-to-use controls. Access is easy and outward visibility is excellent. A hybrid version debuted for the 2006 model year, delivering quicker acceleration and 22 mpg overall.
$5,675 - $7,425
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$5,100 - $7,000
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$5,725 - $6,200
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$5,450 - $5,825
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$5,250 - $5,550
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$5,050 - $5,300
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$4,925 - $5,200
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