2015 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota Highlander
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Three-row crossovers are intelligent alternatives to traditional large SUVs; some of them, like the Highlander, still lean toward the sport-ute look, while others retain some of the off-road-capable hardware.

The Honda Pilot has the SUV look down pat--but it's all look, and not a terribly appealing one either.

The Pilot's interior appears cheap, especially compared to other Hondas.

The Dodge Durango is perhaps the crossover most like an old-school SUV in this class: though it can carry a boatload of passengers, it's also equipped with a relatively rugged all-wheel-drive system and has a V-8 option for towing.

The Nissan Pathfinder recently chucked its old SUV bona fides and threw in with the crossover crowd; it's based on the Altima sedan, and has a CVT and a six-cylinder, as well as a four-cylinder hybrid version.

The Chevy Traverse sizes up nicely against the biggie Pathfinder, and it's just as carlike, with only a big V-6 and an option for all-wheel drive.

Finally, the Ford Flex is the crossover closest in concept to a real station wagon.

It's missing only the faux-wood paneling to complete its Fairlane-alike styling--make your own and save up for the fantastic turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 Toyota Highlander offers a versatile and stylish alternative to the minivan, with available all-wheel drive and a thoughtfully designed interior.
8.0
The 2015 Chevy Traverse may look a little sedate, but it offers plenty of comfort and practicality for the whole family.
8.4
The 2015 Dodge Durango hits the sweet spot between crossover and SUV.
8.8
If you're looking to make a statement while you shuffle the kids around, it's hard to beat the 2015 Ford Flex.
7.6
The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment, despite its boxy, truck-like appearance.
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The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder reels off its crossover basics with ease, but doesn't get too adventurous in handling or off-roading.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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