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Toyota Highlander


$37,000 – $57,260

Fuel efficiency

8.5 - 12.1 l/100km

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Available with seven or eight seats, the Highlander continues to stand out from most other midsize SUVs with a choice of a gasoline engine (3.5-litre V6 rated at 295 horsepower) and a hybrid system (306 horsepower). All-wheel drive is optional with the former and standard with the latter. An eight-speed automatic transmission and a CVT set them further apart. As for maximum cargo and towing capabilities, you're looking at 2370 litres and 5000 pounds (2268 kg), respectively.

Green light

  • Spacious cabin
  • Interior finishes
  • Quality assembly
  • Good reliability

Red light

  • Price climbs fast
  • Hybrid can't be plugged in
  • Take a long time to heat the cabin in winter (hybrid)
  • FWD version not appealing
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