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2017 Toyota Highlander

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What if you need a three-row crossover SUV but don't want to drive a bus?

You might be interested in the Toyota Highlander. It's got room for eight, but it still fits in the garage.

It's also one of the few vehicles in this class that doesn't come standard with -- or even offer -- a turbocharged engine. And that is by no means a bad thing.

What It Is

The Highlander is a midsized three-row crossover SUV. Like its competitors, it's basically a high-riding car with an available light-duty AWD system rather than a truck-based off-roader with four-wheel drive (and low-range gearing).

It's smaller on the outside than others in this class, but it has comparable passenger and cargo room inside.

It offers two engines, one of them a V-6. Most other vehicles in this class have turbocharged engines, and some don't offer a V-6 at all.

Prices start at $30,630 for a base trim/front-wheel drive Highlander with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

A top-of-the-line SE with a 3.5-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive has a $41,150 sticker.

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