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January 2, 2013

CARS: Highlander makes a 270 horsepower statement

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Finally, it's available as an all-wheel-drive hybrid that's rated for 28 mpg in both city and highway driving.

One big plus on the features list is Entune, which is Toyota's multimedia system that talks to your cell phone. It can make phone calls, play music from your smartphone and connect to online apps such as Bing, iHeartRadio, OpenTable and Pandora. It uses voice recognition for some features, too.

Pricing starts at $29,715 for the base Highlander, which doesn't seem like a stripped-down model at all. It comes standard with rear climate control, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows, doors and locks.

The top-end model is the Hybrid Limited at $47,015. You can also get Limited trim with two-wheel drive and without the hybrid powertrain for $38,645.

RATINGS

Style: 6

Performance: 9

Price: 8

Handling: 6

Ride: 10

Comfort: 9

Quality: 9

Overall: 8

What was tested?

2013 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD ($40,095). Options: None. Price as tested: $40,095.

Why buy it?

If you opt for the V6, it has ample power and good fuel economy. It enjoys Toyota's reputation for dependability and comfort.

Why hesitate?

The SUV-like styling is starting to look a bit dated.

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