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!
This is the third Highlander I've leased and the 2014 redesigned model has more features and has better styling than previous versions. This SVU is a dream to drive--quiet, smooth, easy to handle and great pick up when you need it--on the highway or around town. I've taken my 16 year old granddaughter for driving practice, and her comment was that the "car helped her to drive". My only negative is the tires that came on the car, while giving a great ride, did not last long. I've replaced them with better wearing tires.
The Bluetooth phone connectivity is *only* for the phone, not for music, which is ridiculous. Also, the Navigation system does not keep the perspective as the front of the car, meaning that the map doesn't rotate as you turn, the pointer that represents your car turns, and the top of the screen is always north (eve if you are traveling south).