Purchased the vehicle as a secondary hauler for my wife. We have no kids at home but just in case grand kids arrive, this vehicle is just the ticket. We shopped the Chevy Transverse, Mazda CX-9, Ford Edge and decided on the Highlander for fuel economy and reliability. Don't let all the noise about the recalls fool you, test drive one and you will be pleased. We average 19 MPG mixed with 24 to 26 MPG highway driving at 75 mph. This is with the V6 Base package. My wife likes the idea of a large vehicle that's easy to maneuver. As with any vehicle, all is not perfect. Sometimes the steering feels too light and there is torque steer under hard acceleration.
Fuel economy for this class vehicle is great, even with the V6. The ride quality is just right, not too soft yet not stiff by any means. Very good engine performance.
The horn sound on this vehicle is cheap! Good for a Corolla, but not for a vehicle in this class. Wish Toyota would make the third row seat a deletable option again. I think the Multi Information Display unit should be standard equipment on a $30,000 vehicle. Could use a 6spd Tranny.