The Toyota Highlander excels at moving people and cargo comfortably and safely--whether that means getting the family safely across town or across the country, The most significant down side is that it offers very little excitement for the driver.
For that, the Mazda CX-9 is a better pick, as it's nearly as comfortable and versatile, but it simply steers and handles better.
The Ford Flex is the winner for visual excitement; most will like its uber-boxy style and pleasing interior materials.
The Honda Pilot has more traditional SUV looks, even though it's also (mostly) a modern crossover; it's very safe and well-laid out for passengers, too.
The Chevrolet Traverse has been spruced up for 2013 and has the most useful third-row seat of the bunch, as well as a more refined feel inside.
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|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|