2017 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2017 Toyota Highlander
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2017 Toyota Highlander remains far more functional than flamboyant and more practical than punchy.

The Honda Pilot is a direct rival to the Highlander.

It beats the Highlander in some respects, like seating versatility and cargo flexibility, though it doesn't offer a hybrid version.

The Dodge Durango is an interesting alternative in that in V-8 form.

Flamboyant and punchy, in almost a muscle-car sense, it combines worlds, bringing an old-school SUV sensibility, some modern luxury ambience, and shockingly good ride-and-handling attributes all together.

The Nissan Pathfinder has a very well-designed interior and handles quite well, though its V-6 and CVT don't respond as quickly as they should.

A new version of the Chevy Traverse is due soon.

For now, it 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.

The Ford Flex is perhaps closest to a real station wagon.

Save up for the fantastic turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain, if you can stomach the mediocre fuel economy.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
6.5
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements.
6.7
The 2017 Dodge Durango tows like an SUV, drives like a crossover—but crash test scores are a dull spot.
6.2
The 2017 Ford Flex is a spacious family hauler with a style all its own. It lacks the fuel economy of some of the competitors, but beauty doesn't come without effort.
7.5
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors.
7.0
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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