Purchased our highlander in May09. Needed space for new baby & 2 retrievers. Looking for a vehicle to mostly highway but clearance for winter and some bush roads.Live in northern British Columbia with winter from Nov to April.Performed well in winter with Winter Michelin's. (Standard Bridgestone tires are for summer use only, almost found out the hard way with a late season snowfall.) Stability control kicks in frequently in town but not on highway. Is a very comfortable car for long trips . Fuel economy could be better but it is a awd heavy vehicle.
It is a great GLORIFIED STATION WAGON. (aka a cross over)
Roof rails could be longer (like previous highlander) Make the third row optional or removability for more space. A nice 3 liter Turbo diesel would be nice..