2013 Toyota Highlander Plus 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Traded in my prius after I got into an accident and decided to go bigger, and after much research: tada : highlander. It was the perfect car that was not too big, and not too small. And with the addition of the plus package, perfect for the budget. Out here in CA, you can pretty much get this for about 30k or so before TTL. I think it's a pretty good bargain comparing the other choices out there. Mind you, the RX 350 has no 3rd row. People say it is for kids, but for short trips, it's definitely ok. For long trips, still possible, but you'd probably need to do some rotation. Plenty of cargo room. Very quiet ride. V6 is thirsty for gas, but very powerful for moving around on highway.
Updated Stereo, that is on a 6in screen. Backup camera is standard on PLUS model. Roof racks look nice. Fog Lamps for extra safety. Abosolutely love the heated mirrors defogger for those winter mornings or foggy mornings. Has USB input (but ipod only). Lot of cup holders! Good wipers. Sharp design. Vanilla cabin, but easy on the eyes. Lots of storage. Easy to manuver. Good on highway with lower road noise compared to prius.
Include 29.00 cargo net. Improve instrumentation cluster with clean lines. Less hard plastics that scratch easily. All AUTO windows, not only drivers side. Better speakers.