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Original MSRP: $29,020 - $39,400
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Used Car: 2013 Toyota Highlander Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

Test drivers said the 2013 Toyota Highlander isn't very nimble, but it delivers a comfortable, controlled ride and has an attractive interior.

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The 2013 Toyota Highlander has a standard four-cylinder engine that auto critics said has sufficient power in most situations but can feel a little underpowered on the highway. They agreed that models with the available V6 engine are quick from a stop and offer plenty of highway passing power. An automatic transmission is standard. The base four-cylinder 2013 Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 20/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for a three-row midsize SUV. According to test drivers, the Highlander delivers a comfortable ride. Some said it handles with composure, but others remarked that the body leans quite a bit through turns and that the steering offers very little feedback.

Reviewers wrote that the 2013 Toyota Highlander’s cabin has an attractive, simple design. The Highlander seats seven in three rows, and test drivers mentioned that the third row is easy to access, but not especially spacious. At 81.6 cubic feet, the Highlander’s cargo space is typical for the class, but falls short of what SUVs like the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse offer. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard in the 2013 Highlander. Navigation, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker JBL audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats are available.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, and reviewers agreed that its third row is spacious enough for adults to sit comfortably. Auto journalists were also impressed with how easy it is to maneuver the Traverse despite its large size.

Reviewers billed the 2013 Mazda CX-9 as one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the class, with responsive steering and dynamic handling. The CX-9 also offers more cargo space than the Highlander.

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