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Toyota Highlander takes it easy

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Toyota Highlander.

Toyota Highlander
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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.

Read our review of the practical and comfortable 2011 Toyota Highlander.