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2003 Toyota Highlander SUV

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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 155 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Toyota Highlander

  • Need SUV utility but don't want any unnecessary bulk or fuel bills? The Highlander could very well suit your needs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy cabin, carlike ride and handling, clean styling.

  • Cons

    Gets expensive quickly, limited towing and off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2003

    There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Disappointed

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Purchased used 5 years ago with 86,000. Didn't flinch at the mileage due to Toyota's reputation for reliability; car drove well, at first. Sold at 109,000 due to expensive repair and maintainence costs including: All 4 wheel bearings, $500 a pop. Breaks completely replaced, some more than once. $2,000 spent on breaks in just 2 years. Evaporator sensor went bad; $400 just for the part. Muffler developed a small hole; $400 for a new one. Straw that broke the camel's back: drive shaft developed a wobble and needed complete replacement $1,200. Cut my losses and unloaded the hunk of junk. Other car was a 20 year old Subaru Legacy that had fewer problems and was cheaper to maintain.



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Toyotarrific

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this suv over a year ago and haven't had a problem with it yet. Just add gas and go - with regular maintenance of course. It's by far the best vehicle I have owned. Smooth as can be, plenty of room, and extremely reliable.



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Best suv ever

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

This has been the best car Ive ever driven. Ive had alot of compliments on the suv. Had a friend that went out and purchased one and said she has always liked her Toyotas, But, she loves this one ,fun to drive. It is wonderful in snow and ice.I always have people ask what kind of suv every where I go.Its the best!!!!




Mtnhygh

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

this is my 5th toyota, and I would buy 5 more, best cars on the road! Great car for the snow.



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Nothing like the highlander!

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I traded in a beautiful black Ford Explorer Sport because they're discontinuing the Sport model. I went looking one day at the Highlanders for the heck of it. About a week later I traded the Ford in for the Highlander. You know why? The Explorer for one thing had over 100,000 miles on it and it drove like a TRUCK I wanted a mid- size SUV that drove like a car and this does; believe me, it's awesome. It has the Camry frame and when I tell you it drives nice, I'm not kidding. It's absolutely wonderful and no comparison to the Ford Explorer Sport, you'll love it.



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Best "car like" suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Bought my Highlander for $300 under invoice! Great deal for a lot of car. WOuld like a few more standard features in the base model, but it handles great, looks great, and is fun to drive. Better value compared to Honda Pilot LX, and handles much better. It was hard to find a 4WD 4- cyl, (didn't want the lower gas mileage of the 6) so had to take one fewer options than I would have liked, but it comes with almost everything I would have wanted anyway.



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What's New for 2003

There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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