The highlander is a beautiful SUV to look at but very bumpy to ride in. Would have been my dream SUV but now I hate to drive it because it's bumpy like a old 1987 car that need new struts or something. Please test drive it on all kinds of roads before purchasing.
Base V6 is nice, have Value Pack 2, but for the money would have liked rearview to have auto dim and compass, read hatch to open glass, include fuel computer. Bottom line would like some more standard options included for the price, but looks nice and very functional.
Third Row seat room. Quality of interior design. Tow capability of 5000 lbs. Form Fit and function. Room inside. Ride and Power. Cup holders, space for items, glove box and so on.
Include more features in base model for the price. Include hitch with tow package. Include bump rail to protect against doors opening into side of car. Need to open mirror on passenger side to operate light. Better MPG.
I love this car. It is like a fine swiss watch. I am averaging 26 MPG with the 4 cylinder. My car has the trailer towing package. This made it a much stronger vehicle. I had to order the vehicle to get the towing package, but it was worth the wait.
The 4 cylinder.
Toyota does not allow you to order leather seats with the 4 cylinder. Toyota, many people like luxury and with the 4 cylinder.
2009 Toyota Highlander SUV Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
After having the Highlander for a few months it is fun to drive and I do like the car. But the biggest trouble is that the Sport and Limited levels (including hybrids) have 19 inch wheels with odd size tires. There is basically 2 tires to choose from, plus a few snow tires. That's the only choice you have, and these tires are scary on snow. I have my tires rotated at the dealer, and from their write up, it'll probably last 20,000 miles in which case will cost almost $1,000 to replace (not easy to find either). Wish the space behind third row was longer as well as split third row to make it more usable. I think the Honda Pilot would be a better choice.
Sunroof, rear view camera, styling, good gas mileage, ability to open rear glass hatch.
Split third row capability, ability to enter third row from both sides (only on passenger side currently), move third row forward to gain more space behind it, definitely need more tire choices (Toyota Venza has same size and is in the same boat). Tires will drive up cost of ownership. Look it up.
2009 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I was torn between this and the Honda Pilot. The Toyota won out even though it was $3,000 more. The comfort and the ride were just better. It is a very fun vehicle to drive. The fit and finish were what I would expect from Toyota. I do wish the Bluetooth was a little easier to use. I am also unsure about the electronic key. It's nice but I Kayak and worry about getting it wet. I would buy this vehicle again though.
I love the auto lift gate, the heated seats, heated mirrors and the large cargo area.
They should change the direction of the covers for the power outlets. I keep thinking one day it will get ripped off. Also more hidden storage would be nice.