2009 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Highlander Sport
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Toyota Highlander competes in the heart of the SUV market, against mid-size offerings that range from more traditional off-road-ready ones to those that are essentially just tall-roofed wagons.

If passenger space is a priority, you might want to consider the Chevrolet Traverse or Taurus X.

The new-for-2009 Honda Pilot is dynamically refreshing, and it offers seating for eight.

If you don'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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7.8
The 2009 Toyota Highlander's mass appeal has grown even more massive with the addition of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine for base models.
7.8
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
8.2
If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2008 Ford Edge is a fashionable, satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.
8.4
Don't look to the 2008 Ford Taurus X for driving excitement, but otherwise, it's darn near the most perfect family wagon there is.
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The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
MSRP From     
$25,705$29,215$27,695$25,735$27,030$29,400
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door L4 Base (SE)FWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door LX4-Door SE FWD4-Door Wagon SEL FWDFWD 4-Door Sport
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
788567
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD