If you’re shopping for a seven-seat family hauler, traditionally speaking you have two options: SUV or minivan.
SUVs are roomy and adventurous, but often as fuel-efficient and easy to drive as a main battle tank. Minivans are safe and comfortable but can be as cool and capable as a pair of Crocs. Thankfully, the Toyota Highlander splits the difference. Safe, comfortable and easy to drive, the Highlander can also hold its own off-road, perfect for camping trips and jaunts to the lakehouse.
Starting a pinch above $31K, the Highlander is a strong all-rounder for new families.