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2003 Toyota Highlander SUV

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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/21 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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High mileage pitfalls

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this SUV new in 2003 and have it maintined regularly at the dealer. I now have 216,000 km on it and am starting to experience some high mileage wear items that have become prohibatively expensive. The oil cooler developed a leak and cost $1,000.00 to replace. The rear hanger bearing on the drive shaft (the shaft that connects the front transfer case with the rear) is noisy. For a worn bearing or universal joint the whole drive shaft must be replaced at a cost of $1,700.00 just for the part. I am looking for a good used one but am finding it impossible. There are no after market shafts, only ones available from the dealer. Highlanders will last many years, but at what cost!!!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best of the best

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased this used for a new sales position. I call it my office on wheels. I'm have over 140,000 miles on it and have had no repairs. Other than the oil and tires, it's been problem free. Runs and drives like brand new.




The best car i have

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

If this car died today it would owe me absolutely nothing. I have never had it back to the dealer for anything but routine maintenance. In fact at 111,000 miles I just took it in for a brake job and was told that they could save the rotors. These are the original brakes!!! Bet you wouldn't get that on an American car. Love this vehicle. Hope it lasts like the ones on the TV ads for at least 300,000 miles. I started driving in 1966 and have had many cars but this one is by far the best I have ever owned.




Great suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car two months ago. Great SUV. Has a lot of leg room for the driver (I am 6'3), has plenty of room in the bask seat. Lots of storage. Great in snow (I live in Cleveland). Great gas mileage for SUV. I recommend the 6 cylinder as the 4 cylinder is somewhat underpowered (driven the 4 cylinder also) and not much better fuel economy.



2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Love my highlander

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I'm very happy with this vehicle. I've taken it on several long (1500 mile) trips and it is as comfortable to drive & ride in as a good quality car. The only complaints I have about it are: (1) the lifter (fuel injector) noise -- and even that is minor. With no radio on, sitting still, you can hear the f.i. system working, but while driving, or with radio on normal volume, you cannot. (2) the paint on the hood chips very easily from normal road wear. I would buy it again ... zero mechanical issues, easy to drive, comfy. Holds value well.




Great suv for very decent

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Love this car. Leased it and will purchase at lease end. Very comfortable and handles well. Feels like a car but much better.



Full 2003 Toyota Highlander Review

What's New for 2003

There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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