The 2008 Toyota Highlander competes against other mid-size SUVs and crossovers, and depending on how the vehicles are categorized, there are dozens of vehicles in this class, ranging from the humble Hyundai Sante Fe (around $30,000) to the blue-blood Audi Q7 and BMW X5 (each over $55,000).
Within this mix are larger and smaller vehicles offering different combinations of equipment.
If you need room for more than four adults, consider the Chevrolet Traverse or Taurus X.
The new-for-2009 Honda Pilot is dynamically refreshing, and it offers seating for eight.
If you won't need room for seven, consider the Ford Edge or even Toyota's own RAV4.
Lastly, if you're unlikely to ever venture off road, consider the Mazda CX-9, one of TheCarConnection.com's favorite crossovers.
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|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Mid-Size Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 4-Door LX||4-Door SE FWD||4-Door Wagon SEL FWD||FWD 4-Door Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|