Consumer Reports: Toyota Highlander is the Best Mid-Sized SUV

More accolades for the new Toyota Highlander… In their October issue, Consumer Reports will name the Highlander as their top pick amongst mid-size SUVs. In fact, the Highlander took the top two spots in its category.

Thanks to its excellent mileage (and despite its much higher price tag), the Highlander Hybrid received the #1 ranking overall. Sitting in the #2 slot was the standard (non-hybrid) version.

As part of their report, they point out that the new design is a bit larger than previous versions, with a “skosh” more interior space and a third row that can now handle up to three passengers. They also cite improved handling, a steadier ride, and reduced body lean when cornering.

Amongst regular (non-hybrid) Highlanders, they say that the XLE trim level is the best value, and I completely agree. The only downside is that you can’t get the tech package and associated safety features without jumping up to the Limited.

Just remember… If you opt for the Limited, you’ll be stuck with captain’s chairs in the second row. This isn’t a big deal for some, but the lack of a 2nd row bench option is a show-stopper for others.

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