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Excellent highway cruiser
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ebeaudoin
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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My mother-in-law bought one of these that was a dealer demo in 2009. The Highlander is such a nice, smooth ride, and the 3.5L V6 pulls incredibly well. I've driven this car for many miles and have always enjoyed it- excellent visibilty, smooth smooth smooth ride, strong acceleration, etc. The best I saw was 26 MPG on the highway; not bad. One thing to be careful with on this vehicle- it's very easy to lose track of how fast you're going. The smooth, quiet ride doesn't communicate the fact that you're going 25 over very well :D That being said, I would own one of these. She traded it in with 50,100 miles for a 2013 Camry Hybrid XLE because she didn't need the SUV anymore. Excellent truck!


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Comfy, but lacks refinement
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By rkramer455
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Overall it's a comfortable vehicle with lots of leg room in the rear. However, using it for travel to cycling events has shown major problems. With a hitch rack on the back and gear inside, the rear end squats and the front raises up. This causes the front to wander dangerously, especially in the rain. The tire wear problem is well known and at 35k miles, expect to replace them. There have been numerous rattles in the doors and currently the rear seat vibrates loudly even at low speeds. The FWD just has poor traction and easily spins its wheels at the stop light.


Best Features

Rear seat room and rear area storage are deceptively large. The interior and exterior are attractive.


Worst Features

Nav accuracy has been an issue when it's taken me through small towns instead of highways (despite settings to the contrary) adding an hour or more to the trip. I use Google Maps on the iPhone instead. The rear squat/front wheel grip is a real problem that seems unsolvable.


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Bad Choice...
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By aman12
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Horrible quality. Have replaced numerous door rest inserts, ratlles coming from every corner, New transmission at 80k, now it's in the shop because the lift gate needs a new hydraulic system. Not what Toyota used to be..


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Not what it used to be
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By aman12
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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You may have heard of Toyota's incredible longevity and build quality. True with the 1997 Camry. Not so for this car. Build quality is horrendous. I have to take constant trips to the dealership to get rattles fixed all over the car. The armrests on the doors kept constantly braking until I finally had them replaced with plyglass (payed for by Toyota). 80k miles- a loud whine developed in reverse. Had to get the transmission replaced. Latest problem? The trunk doesn't go up all the way. Back to Toyota to get the Hydraulic mechanism replaced. Should have payed 20k not 40


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Overall quality is poor.


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93k and counting
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By north1
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought my HL base V6 AWD model w/36k miles and now have 93k. Has proven very reliable and well built. Had the oil-line replaced under one of Toyota's TSB's and also the power window switch replaced as a result of a recall. For the size of the vehicle the mileage is outstanding and I get around 23-25 based on which highway I am driving (55 or 65 mph). I drive for a living (sales) so this is my work car and I have owned lots of different cars over the years. Utility, size, mpg are hard to beat. One thing that should bear consideration is driver height. I am 6'3 and have found that the seat length isn't long enough for us big guys...nissan/infiniti, honda/acura make better seats.


Best Features

size mpg "buick like" ride


Worst Features

front seat length a few too many cheap interior plastic materials


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