It could be, but it depends on how you intend to use the vehicle. When small children are required to be in car seats, it’s not practical to put them in the third row. If you are putting adults in the third row, a van like the Ody or Sienna is quite superior to an SUV/CUV like a Highlander.
Kids are 2 and turning 4 with a new one coming in a week or two. I wish we could do the Highlander but it just isnt pratical. Plus she says she has to have the sliding doors.
We looked at the Sienna as well. We liked the features included in the EXL and price point compared to the XLE trim and above.
To answer the other questions - $0 down (just first month plus TTL) and we are in Northern California. And obviously the year is 2016. 2017 do not exist yet and we couldnt wait any longer, unfortunetely.