I purchased my Toyota Highlander in 2005. The mini-van that I was driving was beginning to fall apart and I needed a new vehicle. My children were in their teens at the time. My daughter was driving on her own and I wasn't the "mommy bus" that I had been in earlier years. I decided that I no longer wanted a mini-van but still wanted a substantial vehicle. I have a 70 mile round trip commute to work each day and wanted something that I would feel safe in. We went to the Cleveland Auto Show that year and explored every type of vehicle that was on the market at the time. I fell in love with the Highlander the first time I sat in the driver's seat. It is roomy and comfortable. Stylish yet functional and had the safety ratings that I was looking for. I've been driving this car now for three years and hope to be driving it for many, many more.