Safe, comfortable, safe family vehicle
2005 Toyota Highlander Base
I love my Highlander. When it eventually dies, I plan to buy another one. It is a perfect size for my family at its current size (2 adults, 2 kids in car seats), through the middle seat between the 2 car seats will only fit a small person. It has the clips for the car seats to make installation a breeze. It is a 2005, so it could use some technology updates that are offered with newer versions, but perfectly functional as is. It has a 1-disc CD player and a tape deck. We use a converter to connect tape deck to our smartphones. The front bucket seats and the main row are very comfortable. The fold-in 3rd row is quite tight, but we have fit 2 adults in seat belts back there for a drive across town a couple times. With the 3rd row down (more typical for us), there is plenty of space for luggage or groceries or hauling everyday things. My only complaints are fairly minor. One is that the AC belt wears out every 2-3 years and needs to be replaced. My vehicle stability control light will not go away for more than 5 minutes despite it being shut off by a couple mechanics. My Highlander is at 298,500 miles and still running strong. I highly recommend to anyone who asks.