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If we can assume that today’s three-row crossovers are the modern equivalent of the family station wagons of the 1960s, then we can also stop pretending that these AWD softroaders are nothing more than replacements for the minivans that were used in the 1990s — without the sliding side doors. Functional, versatile and comfortable full-size crossovers are part of the wave of new modes of transport – families or not.

Ford’s Explorer is leading the sales race here, in no small part because of expanded law enforcement fleet sales, with the fourth-generation Toyota Highlander following the Ford this week. Chevy’s Traverse is a distant third, followed by the Honda Pilot with the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade quickly competing. Dodge’s Durango, GMC’s Acadia, Subaru’s Ascent, Mazda’s CX-9 and Nissan’s Pathfinder round out a segment under development.

The latest Highlander continues a recent trend from Toyota: more attractive to drive regular products. All interior functionality is retained: comfortable front cabin that is reasonably quiet, spacious, adaptable second row seats (captain’s seats or split bench seat – your choice), ample rear luggage space over part-time third row seats best suited for children. Limited trim adds side windows, sunroof, power tailgate and more media ports.

But on the Lexus side of interior refinement, there’s also greater leverage with better textures and surface material grains, sharper details, plus an expansive 12.3-inch info screen packed with media and entertainment information – when not covered in sunlight. Two shelves of small items have been carved into the dash, clever enough to think a third of such a shelf on the driver’s left, or a drink slot in the top door or dash, would be equally welcome. Readable, simple buttons and dials galore for climate and audio. Are you listening, Honda?

Limited also brings heated and cooled leather front seats, a heated steering wheel, plus a digital rear-view mirror/camera. An 11-speaker JBL audio fills the cabin with select sounds plus the bird’s-eye view camera system not only gives angles at the back, but also an overhead perspective for a complete overview of your surroundings.

Visually, the Highlander looks closer to the Lexus RX, which isn’t bad at all. With Blueprint paint and polished 20-inch wheels, the Limited clearly stands out. LED lighting all around provides a glossy finish.

But it’s the drivetrain and chassis that shine – for what they do and don’t do together. Like Honda, Nissan and Ford, the Highlander uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 295 horsepower. Here it is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, no turbocharger, no CVTs, but it stands out for its refined performance. The eight-stage sorrows up the maneuverability and responsiveness of the big Toyota, giving it a verve that some comparably equipped vehicles lacked. Shifting is smooth, never tripping or hesitating when you get extra steam from the engine room, and the Highlander holds select speeds without much fanfare from the transmission. Efficient, without drama.

Chassis stability and handling are smooth and agile, drawing no attention to any compromises in the TGNA platform, the innovative platform that Toyota, like all other manufacturers, is currently using.

With many vehicles based on a comparable basis, costs are reduced. Production is streamlined, complexity is eliminated and the consumer wins on the sticker price. Base Highlanders start at $36,260. Add $1,600 for AWD, or $1,400 for the hybrid package (up up to 35 mpg) or buy the sporty new XSE trim for $42,855. Our well-equipped Limited, with the usual Toyota Safety Sense portfolio of driver aids and safety aids, stickered for a modest $48,258. The Highlander was built in Princeton, Ind.

EPA estimates are up 1 mile per gallon — 27-27-20 — but our realized economy hovered around the combined number during the Limited’s visit. Like its rivals, the Highlander can pull up up to 5,000 pounds.

There is no lock button for the front-wheel drive AWD system, but Toyota has added torque vectoring to the program, plus a dial on the console for multi-terrain and surface traction selections. It is a reasonable course of action for a vehicle not intended to visit the Rubicon trail.

Only the Highlander (243 hp) and the Explorer (318 hp) are currently entering the hybrid end of the three-row spectrum, a segment that is sure to expand. The Toyota hybrid gets 10 mpg more than the Ford, while costing $11,000 less. Enough said.

Toyota’s dealers should be happy with this latest Highlander and other recent Toyota upgrades, as the brand is quickly closing the gap between its more expensive Lexus sibling with the gloss, finish and confidence of the luxury tent – without the price. Add in the highest accolades for reliability and it’s hard to beat a pack as solid as the new Highlander.

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FBA_ECO15080SunShade

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FBA_ECO15080SunShade

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Medium/Standard (64"x32")

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