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The Toyota Highlander ranks among the best midsized, three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of an absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space. A third row allows seating for eight in a pinch--seven with optional second-row captain's chairs--and folds flat easily for more cargo stowage. The punchy 3.5-liter V6 is matched to an eight-speed automatic for 2017. While the new transmission isn't as smooth as the previous six-speed one, it helped improve fuel economy to 22 mpg overall. The Hybrid version gets 25 mpg overall. It's a long reach to some controls, particularly the touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive suite of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, is standard for the 2017 model year.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Toyota Highlander recalls.

Road Test

You're drawn to the Toyota Highlander for its functional, family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, high resale value, and standard advanced safety features. Those buyers looking for snazzy styling, exhilarating perfo...

Highs

  • Standard advanced safety gear, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Accommodating and spacious interior makes it easy to live with

Lows

  • Eight-speed automatic isn't the smoothest
  • Interior finish is a bit on the cheap side for the price

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Highlander: Which engine?   Standard is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic. It only comes on the base, front-wheel-drive LE model; it gets the job done, but that's about it. A potent 3.5-liter V6 with an ei...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (295 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (306 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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