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MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Toyota Highlander Review

Review Last Updated: 12/31/12

The 2010 Toyota Highlander boasts three available rows of seats and a smooth, car-like ride, not to mention outstanding fuel economy and reliability. It’s no wonder reviewers ranked it at the top of its class.

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The 2010 Toyota Highlander is available with either a four-cylinder engine that’s paired with front-wheel drive, or a V6 that can be mated to either front- or all-wheel drive. When it was new, test drivers said the 2010 Highlander had a comfortable ride, though, while fuel-efficient, the base Highlander felt underpowered. Base front-wheel drive, four-cylinder models get an impressive 20/27 mpg city/highway, while even all-wheel drive V6 models get fairly good ratings of 17/23 mpg city/highway. Reviewers noted that while it’s definitely not sporty or fun to drive, the Highlander’s ride is very smooth and its light steering helps the Highlander feel relatively maneuverable. The Highlander also has a best-in-class reliability score.

Reviewers noted that its interior isn’t as luxurious as some competitors’ and its available third row wasn’t roomy. Test drivers said the Highlander’s interior was high-quality for the class, and they appreciated its easy-to-use electronics. The Highlander’s cargo space is above-average as well. Base models seat five, but an available third-row seat boosts capacity to seven. The base 2010 Toyota Highlander comes with two-wheel drive and a six-speaker stereo system with auxiliary audio input jack. Features on higher trims include a third row, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather-trimmed seats, navigation, wood-grain-style interior trim and push-button ignition.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Toyota Highlander but want an SUV that’s more fun to drive, check out the 2010 Mazda CX-9. When it was new, reviewers said it was one of the sportiest SUVs you could buy, with great handling and plenty of power from its V6 engine. The CX-9’s composed, tight handling means that its ride might be a bit stiff for shoppers looking for maximum comfort. However, with standard seating for seven and more standard features than the Highlander, the Mazda CX-9 remains a good alternative.

The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse also ranks near the top of the class, though its reliability score isn’t quite as good as the Highlander’s. Reviewers said the Traverse was one of the most well-rounded midsize crossovers thanks to its comfortable ride, adult-sized third row and good gas mileage. It also offers up to eight seats and has the most cargo space in its class. The Traverse isn’t nearly as sporty as the Mazda CX-9, but test drivers said if you’re in the market for a family crossover, it deserves a place at the top of your shopping list.

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