2016 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Highlander
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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 6-cylinder, plus a 4-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.

The Honda Pilot is all-new this year, with a smoothed-over form and revamped interior appointments.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
7.8
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.
8.4
The 2016 Dodge Durango hits a sweet spot between crossovers and SUVs—if you're willing to overlook the thirst, that is.
8.8
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
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.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
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Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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Style Name     
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Drivetrain     
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Passenger Capacity     
887877
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Transmission     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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