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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great value

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

I drive this car everywhere as you can tell by the mileage, 75000 in 3 years. I wanted something comfortable for all passengers and this fit the bill and even after all the miles, it still rides comfortably. I also wanted an SUV that I could fit large items in the back and the highlander has the size I need. One of the problems with all the fancy SUVs on the market is that by paying $30000 or more you hate to get it dirty and use it for more then driving around town. Not the Highlander. It's priced right and I don't mind getting it dirty!




30 months of reliability &

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

A most reliable, ergonomically designed, just plain comfortable car. It's built on the Camry chassis--so the comfort. The interior design is superb with intuitive buttons and controls. We will trade up to a 2006 since financing is attractive.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best suv

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

This car has the most room, the rear seats fold down FLAT, for animals, and it by far has the BEST, smoothest ride of any SUV on the market. Plus you get all the wonderful Toyota dependability to go with it!!




Awesome car

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

Wow. its been 3 years now and the Highlander is purely flawless. Amazing engineering and design. It's amazing how reliable this car has been. The car is very well designted and cup holders galore! The only thing I would want on my Highlander is a navigation system, which they have for the 2005 model year now. :) I love Toyota!




Best car i have ever

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

I have put 60,000 miles on my Highlander in 2 years. It is reliable, fun to drive, comfortable and roomy. The DVD player is great for the kids and the JVC stereo system is awesome. The heated seats are a nice upgrade. Mileage is a solid 22mpg. Air conditioning is a big improvement over my previous Dodge minivan - cools down quickly and maintains temp well. I would buy another one without question!




Gotta luv it

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

SUV room with a great car ride (did not want a truck ride like the Honda Pilot. Well built, quiet, V6 power and room for a tall (6'3) guy to spare. Like the easy rear fold down seats for cargo (unlike my old Chrysler mini (yuk)). Sits high enough for great visibility but also easy to get into for the shorter person (wife). We end up taking this on long trips rather than our luxury Avalon. Just more comfortable and versatile. Best car owned in 20 years! Would get another in a heart beat.



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Full 2003 Toyota Highlander Review

What's New for 2003

There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

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Talk About The 2003 Highlander

2003 Toyota Highlander Discussions See all Started By

christina606
christina606
08-18-2011
I am looking to purchase a HL. I found a really good deal on a used 2003 model. My question is, do you think there is a big difference between body style on the 2003 vs. a 2005 or say, 2006? To me it ...


jlvikes
jlvikes
12-19-2013
Just last week, I purchased a used, 2003 Highlander Limited model. I drove it for the first few days without any problems, but today the check engine light and vsc lights went on. I borrowed a frien...


derekgaddy
derekgaddy
10-25-2008
I have approximately 85k on my 03 Limited AWD. No issues year to date. I would like to have some routine maintenance performed. What is the boards recommendation? I hear the timing belt should be ch?...



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