This is a great vehicle that suits our needs well. The 4 cylinder coupled with the 6 speed transmission has been peppy, fairly frugal, roomy, yet capable of towing. We're getting an average of 22-24 which is good, but we have yet to see 27 mpg EPA hwy rating. This one has the tow prep package (rated to 3,500#) - we haven't pulled that, but with a load of 6 passengers + trailer (about 1,000#) it handled a long steep grade into the NC mountains acceptably. Note that the 2nd seat in the middle row is not for a full sized person and when you have the 3rd seat up, there is very little storage - but, 6 adults can be comfortable - 4 with ample storage. It's not a minivan (we have one) but can step up to people hauler duty. Sturdy roof rack.
I have had 3 Toyota trucks over the years. Never had any trouble with any of them. Easy to drive stick and/or automatic, gas mileage was great. This time I decided to go with a CUV which is a cross-over from a car and SUV. Had to get used to the color which is Sunfire (redish). Never realized how many red vehicles there were out there until I got mine. It handles so easy. I love it. Couldn't be happier.
My 07 Toyota Highlander Limited is one of the smoothest and quietest vehicles that I've ever driven. Having worked in the Auto Industry 11 years, the last 7 for America's largest used car dealership, I've driven every vehicle out there that retails for under $50,000 and find the best value in the Toyota Highlander Limited. It's not the fanciest, but is very practical. I average 20 miles per gallon (good for an SUV) and I have the 3rd row, should I need to have a 7 passenger vehicle. Yet, with only 184.6" in length, I can fit it in my garage and can actually open the tail gate in the garage (just barely) with the door closed. Both my wife and I park our vehicles in the garage and have plenty of room between them. If I had waited for the 2008, it wouldn't have fit (3" longer and about 3" wider). In addition, the new vehicles are getting too high tech for me! I don't need all the fancy new Hi-tech features that they come with. Bye-the -way, the visibility is great also. I love my Highlander!