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The Toyota Highlander is one of the best crossover SUV options for busy families. It offers three rows of seats and room for as many as eight passengers depending on the interior configuration. The midsize Highlander comes in several different trims, but all of them include a long list of advanced safety and driver-assistance features. Base models feature a four-cylinder engine, which is adequate, but the V6 offers more power and efficiency. A hybrid model is also available for those who want to be greener with their driving habits.


The Highlander is a midsize SUV that offers a choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. When you drive the Highlander, you’ll enjoy sharp handling for an SUV, plus a comfortable and absorbent ride as well as easy-to-use and easy-to-reach controls. The Highlander also boasts a sleek, contemporary profile and design that is far more car than SUV.

If you’re considering shopping for a Highlander, there are a number of things to think about. Here’s everything you need to know about one of Toyota’s most popular and top-selling SUVs.

Size and Seating Capacity
The Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV with three rows of seats. If you want the full amount of seating for eight passengers, then you will need to choose the second-row bench option. If you don’t need seating for eight, the second-row captain’s chairs are a bit more comfortable overall. The rear row of seats can fit up to three passengers, but it’s a bit cramped for adults in terms of legroom. Both rear rows of seats can fold down to provide maximum cargo space.


Fuel Economy
Fuel economy for the Toyota Highlander’s four-cylinder engine is average for a midsize, three-row SUV at 20 city mpg and 24 highway mpg. The V6 engine does better with 27 highway mpg and 21 city mpg. Naturally, the hybrid powertrain does even better with 28 highway mpg and 30 city mpg for the LE trim. Higher trims of the hybrid get slightly less fuel economy with 27 highway mpg and 29 city mpg. In order to save fuel, the V6 Highlander uses a start-stop engine system, which means it will shut off when sitting at stoplights in most cases.

Crash test results for the Toyota Highlander are top-notch with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) giving it five out of five stars overall. Side crash ratings are also five stars, whereas front crash tests and rollover crash tests received four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also names the Highlander as a Top Safety Pick along with giving it Good ratings in five crash tests, which is the highest possible rating. Crash prevention technology on the Highlander received a Superior rating, and headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.


Reliability and predicted reliability ratings for the Toyota Highlander in every generation are generally above average according to Consumer Reports. J. D. Power and Associates also gives the Highlander a rating of four and a half out of five, which is considered better than most.


The Takeaway
If you would prefer more interior space, a beefier engine or a lower price, then you may want to consider a different pick in the midsize SUV class Find your Drive At Rome Pre-Owned. 


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