Best 7 passenger vehicles

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Price: $41,015
Mileage: 28 mpg city/28 highway/28 combined
Seats: 7
CR Score: 89

Consumer Reports loves the Highlander Hybrid. The magazine scored it the highest among our picks. Although they aren't a one-to-one comparison in terms of features, the base Highlander Hybrid is fairly close to the gasoline-powered Highlander Plus but costs about $10,000 more. We wouldn't pay that premium for hybrid technology, but we know there are consumers out there who would, and that's why it's on our list. A 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors conspire to deliver 8 mpg better fuel economy in city driving and 3 mpg more on the highway than the regular Highlander. They also produce 280 peak horsepower that flows through a continuously variable automatic transmission to the front wheels. Its biggest drawback: the least amount of third-row legroom and behind-the-third-seat cargo room among our picks. Included in the standard features are remote keyless entry, a navigation system and Toyota's Entune interface and a six-inch touch-screen display.

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