2017 Toyota Highlander
AWD isn't available with the four-cylinder; you have to upgrade to the V-6 to get it.
The third row is tighter than that of several rivals.
Under the Hood
The Highlander's standard engine produces 185 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
EPA rates its mileage at 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
The optional 3.5-liter V-6 makes 295 horsepower and 263 foot-pounds of torque. So equipped, the Highlander's zero to 60 mph time drops to just over 7 seconds. It gets nine seconds with the 2.7-liter engine. Mileage with this engine and FWD is 20 mpg city and 27 highway.
If you buy the V-6, you can buy all-wheel drive to go with it. This system normally operates in FWD mode in order to maximize fuel efficiency. If the front wheels begin to lose traction, power is automatically routed to the rear wheels as necessary.
On the Road
The Highlander's standard engine has enough power, just not an abundance of power. Its chief negative is that you can't get it with the AWD system.
With the V-6, you've got an abundance of power.