After doing extensive research on several known internet car websites, I found that the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was the best choice. It has the same or better gas mileage than my old sedan and it's an SUV! Many SUV's seem the same, but one thing I noticed that was different was that the driver seat had adjustable lumbar positioning for your lower back, which is especially helpful for those of us that have lower back or posture problems and those that drive long distances. The ride is smooth and it handles curves like it is spooning the road. Overall, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an excellent choice for a midsize SUV with all the options from 3rd row seating to 6-disc CD changer to leather seats.
In early July 2010, I purchased a Highlander Hybrid 4WD and am happy with it. I had read some on-line reviews of the vehicle and knew what to expect in advance of test driving the vehicle. The Highlander rides well and is very comfortable much like a Camry rather than the stiff ride of a pickup. It has lots of legroom even in the backseat and can easily accommodate 4 six-footers. My primary reason for buying this vehicle was cargo space and gas mileage as I have two boys heading off to college. I am happy with the cargo space as can accommodate 5 large suitcases and 3 overnight bags without resorting to the luggage rack. I also moved to a new house and the vehicle, with the back seat folded down, allowed me to many things in advance of the movers arriving. My only disappointment has been with the gas mileage. My Highlander Hybrid was rated for an estimated 30 mpg for highway and 34 for city. My best combined mileage has been 24.7 thus far and I had been hoping for the 26-27 mpg range. This is common with hybrids in that they deliver well under the EPA estimated mileage which I discovered after buying. To fully optimize your results, you need to avoid jackrabbit starts, use your cruise control whenever possible, drive between 45-60 mph, etc. Overall, I am very happy with the vehicle and would most likely buy it again. I would consider purchasing a 2WD version rather than the 4WD for better gas mileage.
No. the car has history of theft.