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2015 Toyota Highlander
Base-price range: $30,300 – $48,385

Fresh off a model-year 2014 redesign, Toyota’s popular Highlander crossover enters 2015 with no substantive changes. This is a three-row crossover that, like the Chevrolet Traverse, can seat up to eight passengers. Buyers can choose from a four-cylinder, conventional V-6, V-6 gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrains. Highlander Hybrids are among the most fuel-efficient crossovers, boasting an EPA combined city/highway fuel-economy rating of 28 mpg. Unfortunately, low fuel consumption comes with a high sticker price, as one of these crossovers can potentially set you back more than $50,000. Conventional Highlanders are still quite solid. The V-6 engine is the one to get, as it delivers smooth power with a refined sound. Highlander offers a wide variety of models and features. Most include Toyota’s well-integrated Entune infotainment system, which supports audio streaming through the Pandora and iHeartRadio services; restaurant reservations from OpenTable; movie ticket purchases through MovieTickets.com; reviews from Yelp; and web searches through Bing. Highlander’s overall design and cabin materials are first-rate. We just wish its third-row seat were a bit more comfortable and easier to access. That quibble aside, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a worthy Best Crossover and deserving of a prominent place on your shopping list.

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