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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 now matched to an eight-speed automatic. 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.

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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