Type A personalities burn bright but are not easy to be around. The 2011 Toyota Highlander is definitely a Type B, a laid-back SUV that doesn't strive for attention, just plugs along getting its job done. And that is just fine.
Its 3.5-liter V-6 doesn't have direct injection, a turbo, or a supercharger, but it still moves the Highlander with satisfactory acceleration. A four-wheel-drive system doesn't promise back-country adventures, but it offers a snow mode.
Cabin tech is equally good, but not great. The DVD-based navigation system looks like it's been knocking around Toyota's parts bin for a few years, but it works responsively and includes traffic information. The JBL audio system doesn't rock, but it rolls along pleasantly.
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