The well-rounded Toyota Highlander has always been one of our top-rated SUVs. For the 2004 model year, the Highlander received a larger V6 engine and a small third-row seat capable of accommodating two children in a pinch. This Highlander was quicker, returned better fuel economy and handled more securely than the version we tested in 2001. The ride is very comfortable and the quiet interior has impressive fit and finish. While not very agile, the Highlander's standard electronic stability control (ESC) ensures safe handling. Excellent crash-test results and a traditionally high resale value round out the package. A gasoline/electric hybrid version is available.