2017 Toyota Highlander
The Highlander's optional V-6 is more powerful (295 horsepower versus 270 previously) and gets better gas mileage; it is paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, whereas it had a six-speed automatic last year.
There's also a new sport-themed SE V-6 package with firmer suspension tuning, a 19-inch wheel/tire package and blackout exterior trim.
All Highlanders get an exterior styling refresh, including a new grille and headlight design.
It's more manageable in tight spots and easier to park.
The standard four-cylinder engine is mechanically simpler than rivals' turbocharged four-cylinders.
The all-wheel-drive system can lock the power split 50-50 front to rear, very much like a truck-type 4WD system.
It has 8 inches of ground clearance -- more than most in this class.
What's Not So Good
The standard four-cylinder isn't as powerful as turbocharged four-cylinders in rival vehicles.