We test drove the Highlander over New Years and put over 1200 miles on it. When we came back we decided on a 4Runner instead. It had a more rugged design and feel inside, like an SUV should, but the handling felt almost the same as the highlander (built on a Camry frame). So far, with almost 2500 miles on it, gas mileage has not been that different either (avg. 19 city 25 hwy). This is a great SUV with great standard comfort features. I would suggest looking at a different vehicle if you want a 3rd row seat though. The seats fold up along the side instead of fold flat into the floor. They can get in they way often when trying to load cargo.
Power, heated leather seats, stereo control location, steering wheel mounted controls, smooth powerful acceleration, almost car like.
Air conditioning controls feel like your playing an old Nintendo game. Third row seats need to fold flat, they are in the way when folded up to the side. Display light color should be the light blue-ish color like highlander instead of orange.