Three powertrains are available to those who like the Highlander's crossover credentials. Some offer good fuel economy for the size, but the most powerful version is just class-competitive.
In its least expensive version, the Highlander comes with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. That version rates 20/25 mpg in EPA tests, while opting for the front-drive V-6 drops fuel economy to 18/24 mpg. Upgrading to all-wheel drive on the V-6 pushes gas mileage down to 17/22 mpg, about what you'd get in a Ford Flex.
While Toyota is working on an all-electric version of its seven-seat RAV4 crossover with Tesla Motors, it's not expected to build a Highlander EV.