The Toyota's Highlander's appeal lies in its functional, family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, and good 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.