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SANTA FE, N.M. — Snowflakes lift on a gentle wind and blanket the red-clay adobe structures of this high desert city. The flakes are all shapes and sizes and encourage a gloved hand to capture one briefly, have a textbook moment, and observe individual patterns and differences.  

It’s eye candy for the senses, but the snow also makes this a great opportunity to test Toyota’s newest sport-utility vehicle, the Highlander, and to notice its individuality in today’s sea of SUVs.  

First, I evaluate the 2WD version of this all-new compact model on Santa Fe’s urbanthoroughfares and byways, where the pavement is slick and the traffic is slow. Its handling is clearly competent.  

More fun, however, is when I motor to the mountains above the city in the Highlander’s all-wheel-drive version, ascending into the evergreen-forested high country, where cross-country skiers and outdoor enthusiasts play in this new-fallen white stuff. The slush and snow on the roadways is deeper now, and hairpin turns abound, but the Highlander is never unsettled.  

Following Toyota’s route book directions, I leave the pavement behind and take a backcountry trail into a winter wonderland. Here, the Highlander’s 4WD traction makes it an easy run through the forest, and up and over a mountaintop. All too soon, I’m headed back to the city.

Old reliable

Toyota, once best known in America as an import automaker of reliable, economical, fuel-efficient small cars, hopes that it will soon be recognized as a driving force in the truck/SUV arena. Witness the events of the past year, during which this Japanese manufacturer has flooded this now-popular market with new offerings and updated versions of its previous models.  

2001 Toyota Highlander

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
2016 Toyota Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited Platinum (GS)

great all around vehical with excellent interior room and ride

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perfect vehicle for road trips and vacations. Plenty of room and an excellent ride .
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
2015 Toyota Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited (Natl)

Very nice ride

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Very nice vehicle. It has everything that I needed in an SUV. My only complaint, and it's very minor, is having to reach a little for the touch screen.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015
2015 Toyota Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 XLE (Natl)

best vehicle i have ever owned

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It has every thing i needed in an allwheel drive vehicle i wish it had led lighting
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