With its fuel-efficient engine lineup, full complement of safety features and available third-row seat, the Highlander is one of our top recommendations to those who need SUV utility but don't want any unnecessary bulk or fuel bills.
by luvtoyota10 on Jan 9, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
I can't believe this car is 9 years old! It drives as if it was brand new. This is my grandmother's vehicle and it only has 76k miles on it. It handles so nice compared to my 2013 Toyota Highlander. It has hydraulic power steering, not electric, so it has good steering feel with a decent weight. It also corners spectacularly due to it's lower ride height. The V6 is just fine for the size. The interior could be roomier. I'm over 6' so the front seat is a little cramped. But, it has great cargo versatility, came in handy when I moved. I couldn't lower all of my 2013's seats due to a seat lever malfunction that I'm getting fixed. This Highlander, is an amazing car. Had it for 6 years.
by luvtoyota10 on Oct 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This highlander is my grandmother's i own a toyota venza she got this car before I got my venza, that was when I had a 2000 Toyota 4runner and This car was perfect for her. It has a nice ride, I loved the sterring feel, and it is roomy. I drove this car down to Indianapolis and it was great only thing wrong was the wind noise. Overall, This is a fine Crossover.
by shasta4 on Feb 13, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Most options, 3rd row. V6, 3.3, AWD.
I've had big 3, BMW (3), Volvo (2), Jag V12 sedan, Audi and this is the best of them all in terms of overall satisfaction.
I can find small design grips like the vague sunroof switch, tight 3 row seat, but very little problems and outstanding reliability.
Orig. Bridgestones 50K.
Rear brakes 60K.
Front brakes 130K ! All lamps except highs original.
High beams 120K.
Tow a 2,000 lb travel trailer cross 3,000 miles averaging 20.5mpg. Mileage town 18, highway 23.
No leaks, amazing tranny, great power, tows trailer beautifully (after easy lift).
At 50K rear bushing worn.
Probably do to trailer towing.
by Gus on Nov 19, 2008 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This is a fantastic car. I have driven it for the past 3 1/2 years and I have had NO problems at all with this car. When Edmunds said this car was reliable back in 2005, they were on the mark! Please see positives and negatives below.
by mary harrell on Sep 20, 2006 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
our highlander has been very dependable. weve driven it to atlantic city a few time. its a very smooth ride, and comfortable. we havent had any problems with it.we would reccomend this vehicle to any one.its very good on hills. we bought the toyota highlander,because we didnt like not being able to see. we owned the toyota camry,before the highlander.it was hard to see the traffic ahead,because of all the suv;s and trucks in front of us. we are completely satisfied sincerely mary harrell somerville,nj
by criticalbob on Aug 15, 2006 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Five speed transmission is rather rough. First gear is especially useless - you could push the car faster off the line. Handling is mediocre at best, as the car seems heavy and clumsy. Also, like a car equipped with an old fashioned carburetor, it often seems to hesitate and stumble. Gas mileage has been a major disappointment. As one other reviewer noted, the paint can be scratched with a fingernail. Of the three Toyotas I have owned, this is the first one that will be traded after only three years. Seems very overpriced for what you get, so it will be interesting to see what the trade-in value will be.
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