Toyota should have nailed the sport-utility vehicle formula by now, what with all their popular models. Although it has sold over 3.3 million units to date, the Highlander's third row is too small to compete with

competitors like the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and Kia Telluride. Additionally, the Highlander's middle row isn't very impressive, and there has long been a noticeable gap in Toyota's SUV

lineup regarding the transition from the Highlander crossover to the body-on-frame Sequoia. Meanwhile, the

product gap became even wider as the new Toyota Sequoia took a more truck-oriented approach to fill the role

that the reduced Land Cruiser had previously played. While switching from independent to solid rear axles

enhanced off-road and towing capabilities, it sacrificed ride comfort and third-row passenger/cargo room.