2001 Toyota Highlander V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
We shopped around for an SUV or Van to
tow our new tent trailer, and we
looked at the Tribute, Pathfinder,
XTerra, Liberty, Sienna, and possibly
the Odyssey (which was selling above
MSRP at the time). One night we came
close to getting an offer on a
Liberty, but to our great fortune the
dealership wasn't seriously
negociating. So we, on a lark, tried
the Highlander, and I just about fell
out the seat when I drove it. It was
just out of our top price range, but
there was no doubt about getting one.
Within 24 hours we made a reasonable
deal considering it was new to the
market. Then within a week we took it
on a 9,000 mile road trip around the
This SUV is car-like, smooth shifting,
enough power to handle the family and
trailer easily and comfortable. We got
everything except leather and heated
seats. The kids really appreciated the
extra room in the back, and I liked
being able to load 4 suitcases plus a
guitar in the back.
Don't buy it if you need to seat 6 or
more. The cup holders could have been
better (a minor quibble at best). The
rear window is fixed.
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