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2003 Highlander
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By kmcculloh
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

After driving the Honda Pilot, Mitsubshi Endevor, Nissan Murano, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Explorer, the Highlander was the winner. Exceptional ride quality, handling and engine performance. The car dealer was wonderful and easy to deal with. Driving this vehicle is a pleasure, it has responsive steering and excellent brakes. It also gets reasonable gas mileage for a SUV. I had every intention of buying the 4 cylinder but after driving both the 4 and V6, I choose the V6.


Best Features

I love the power sunroof, as I live in Southern California I use it all the time. I am also glad that I have the V6 engine, its extra power is worth the few mpg difference of the 4 cylinder.


Worst Features

Power opening rear side vents would be a great option.


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Tried Something New - Good and True
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By Grammar Girl
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Ride is smooth and secure. Tires are huge! Road noise is minimal on highway compared to Camry I had previously. Large storage compartments up front are handy.


Best Features

Foot pedal parking brake; rear seat fold flat; lots of room!


Worst Features

Standard 8-way passenger seat; easily removable canopy cover bar; rear-hatch release up front


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Best on the road!
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By Pruguy
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Best ride, most comfortable, most reliable SUV on the road. It is true. I will never go back to GM or Ford. And I think it is the best looking SUV on the road. I am a believer. If you test drive one you will be also.


Best Features

Reliability is tops in all the ratings. And it rides like a car.


Worst Features

Use a primier similar in color to the paint so that chips in the paint due to stones etc, don't show up as pronounce as black primer under silver paint.


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An SUV that drives like a Camry
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By lbutch
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I have owned four Camry's and thought I would give a Highlander a try after all the good things I have heard about them. My only regret is that I didn't buy one sooner. I absolutely love this vehicle.There isn't a squeak or a rattle in it. It rides like a Camry and is so quiet we can whisper to each other when driving.I have never taken a Toyota back to have anything repaired or fixed after buying them except oil changes. A true pleasure to own and I would recommend it to anyone.


Best Features

The ride and v-6 response.


Worst Features

None


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Glad I bought a Toyota
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By Toyota owner
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This SUV is big enough without being too big, rides great, and has the visibility and room you expect in an SUV. I bought this to replace a '97 Ford Exploder and there is no comparison. It will pull 3500 lbs. (just like the Ford) which is more than plenty. I also looked at a Pathfinder, and the Toyota is superior in every way except towing capacity. You owe it to yourself to test drive the Highlander. I also considered a Honda Pilot, but there were few available (all at MSRP++) and the dealers wanted deposits on a car they couldn't deliver for a month.


Best Features

ride, front seat comfort, engine performance, visibility, back seat room and cargo space.


Worst Features

To get a 6 disc in dash CD changer requires getting the "Limited" package, which in my case would have meant spending another $3,000. I couldn't justify paying that amount just to get the changer.


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