Bought the 4 cyl. awd Highlander new in June 01. We put 24,000 miles a year on it. It has been great. The only problem we've had is a recurring check engine light that our dealer finally determined to be caused by the catalytic converter---installed a new one in March 05 under warranty. My wife loves the high seating position. Wish we'd sprung for the leather package.
Reliability is #1! Ride is good, mileage is respectable. Overall a great car.
Daytime running lights should be standard, as on my Camry.