The Toyota Highlander is an eight-passenger SUV with a comfortable and attractive interior. New turbocharged engines deliver more powerful performance, while hybrids provide excellent fuel economy that's easy on the family budget. Five trims with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive make it easy to find the right one for your family's needs. A solid set of standard safety features adds to the family appeal, as does a comprehensive infotainment system. While the top trims are close to the north, most of the lineup is priced in a family-friendly manner. Overall, the Highlander is very much centered on the Venn diagram of modern family life.

The Toyota Highlander 2023, which is in the middle of its fourth generation, is a three-row SUV with seating for up to eight people. It has a spacious and comfortable interior with many standard features and an attractive price, making it more affordable than some of its competitors. There's a Highlander family vehicle to suit almost everyone, offered in petrol and hybrid versions with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. As well as the welcoming interior, the Highlander has a comprehensive infotainment system, good safety as standard and plenty of space for cargo.

There are six gasoline trims (L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum) priced from $37,755 to $50,610 and five hybrid trims (LE, XLE, Bronze, Limited and Platinum) priced from $41,455 to $52,010, all including a $1,335 destination charge. In addition, all-wheel drive is available across the range for around $1,600-2,000, depending on the trim. This year, a new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the gas Highlander has made it a more exciting SUV to drive. There's also a new larger 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment and improved safety features that make it feel modern and high-tech.

Large SUVs have largely replaced minivans as the family vehicle of choice, so there's a lot of competition in this segment. The Kia Telluride has a more luxurious interior and some off-road equipment, but no hybrid. The Ford Explorer has a comparable interior with petrol, hybrid and performance features. The Honda Pilot has no hybrid, but it does have an off-road variant for those with more adventurous plans.

Power for the gasoline model comes from a new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Hybrids have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors producing 243 net horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. There is also a choice of front- or all-wheel drive for each trim.

In a competitive segment on car auctions, the Toyota Highlander stands out for its ability to cover all the bases. Although it does not impress in any parameter, it offers a choice of gas or hybrid power, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, seven or eight passengers, and a wide range of trim options that make it easy to find the one that best suits your needs. Even the base trim is well equipped, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim offers a truly premium experience.

The Highlander 2023 comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ safety system. It includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with automatic emergency steering, and other advanced driver assistance features. It also features a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features help make the Highlander a well-packaged offering with broad appeal for busy families.