Toyota sweetens the deal this year with a two-year, 24,000-mile maintenance plan on its Highlander besting rivals in the process. For 22 years, the three-row alternative to the minivan has been transferring families and their cargo around the globe.

And the midsize SUV gets a more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine replacing a V-6 power plant that sauntered off the line. With 265 horsepower, the new engine has less ponies than the outgoing model but more torque that remedies the pokiness.

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