Walkaround. The grille and headlamps are aggressive although not distinctive. The Highlander looks like other SUVs, bigger than midsize. Its big square lines make it look more like a truck-based SUV than a smooth crossover. The grille is angular and protruding; it adds 1.3 inches to the Highlander’s already-long length. It’s silver on lower trim models, black on the SE, and platinum on the Limited, with lights that spell Highlander on the ground. Sounds goofy but it’s cool. The Toyota Highlander is smooth and practical. We can only recommend the V6 with eight-speed. We like the Highlander SE for the handling, and the Highlander LE for its value, including good equipment without the stacked-on price.