4 Toyota Highlander
Get ready for summer vacation. The Highlander hybrid — expected in June — seats seven with a third-row seat that folds down for extra cargo. Its V6 gas-powered system will send you from zero to 60 in under eight seconds, but there’s enough fuel efficiency to get you 600 miles on a tank. You can bus the soccer team in an SUV rated as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Suggested retail: Prices are still being hammered out, but if you compare base prices of the gas-engine Highlander, you can expect a significant savings over the Lexus RX 400h.