2011 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I finally decided to give up on Honda.
The road noise in my last Honda was just too pronounced!
But my Highlander is one quiet ride!
The V6 provides outstanding acceleration too.
Though, it doesn't handle like a sports car and have great off-road manners, it does exactly what I want -- provide a stable, quiet ride.
It also provides great flexibility with seating and the seats are quickly and easily folded in order to haul more cargo.
Among my favorite features is the iPod interface and the hands free Blue Tooth phone system.
The leather seats are also great.
I take my dogs often, so the leather seats provide quick, easy clean up after them.
2011 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Just received our new Toyota Highlander, Limited FWD last week.
It has been a pleasure to drive, and since I bought it for my wife, I haven't had much of a chance to drive it myself.
Extremely comfortable, quiet and easy on the road.
First tank is showing about 18.8 mpg in mixed driving.
Hoping that it goes up a little as we break it in.
When on a flat highway, for about 30 miles, it showed 23 mpg.
Car feels bigger than what it is.
Plenty of leg room in the back and front.
The test will be 6 month to 1 year into the purchase - will follow-up then.
Comfortable seats, quiet cabin and smooth on the road - makes a great trip car.
Seems well put together.
Navigation seems Ok...there are better units out there.
Not an audiophile, but we love the stereo - great sound.
Hard plastic everywhere, but at least it looks nice.
Like all of the new car systems, it takes a while to understand the navigation system.
Not overly concerned about the mileage just yet, since our last vehicle (Yukon XL) averaged around 13-14 mpg in town.
Hopefully as the car breaks in, we begin to see an average of around 19-20 in town.
Definitely want to see at least 24-25 as ratings show.
Will update in a few months.
2011 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We went back and forth for months between the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander.
We finally chose the Highlander because of the smooth car like ride and spacious middle row.
The visibility is quite good and I forget that I'm driving a fairly large car because it seems quite nimble.
With that said, there have been a couple of disappointments.
I had to take it in within the first 100 miles for an alignment issue and more recently (now at 350 miles) I've noticed that the driver's side door has a tinny, rattling noise when it's closed. I really dislike waiting for 3 plus hours at a dealership to repair things that should have been assembled correctly at a factory.
Smooth ride, spacious middle row
Initial quality could be improved.
Wish there was more room between the tailgate and third row for groceries etc.
Would prefer darker upholstery.
2011 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this vehicle in mid March.
Honestly, I cannot find one thing wrong with this vehicle of any substance.
From its beefy outside looks for 2011 to the luxurious interior this vehicle rocks!
The engine is buttery smooth and quiet.
Coupled with the transmission the driving experience is wonderful.
Great pickup, horsepower, and acceleration.
I got the navigation package which includes the JBL sound system.
It all is working seamlessly.
There is a lot of interior space, seats are comfortable, third row seating can be folded individually, auto climate system is great, dashboard controls and layout is first class.
My gas mileage has steadily increased from 16.2 to 18.4 mpg.
Love the smartkey push button start system.
Love having the doors open automatically when I wrap my fingers around the handle with the smartkey remote tucked away in my pocket.
I really like how the back hatch opens/closes automatically.
This keeps me from getting my fingers soiled closing the hatch with my own hands.
The interior is fantastic looking with the wood/leather and vinyl dashboard.
Love the look of the navigation screen and the multi-information screen.
The dashboard gauges are nicely illuminated and visible day or night.
The steering wheel controls are great.
JBL sound system is fantastic.
Plus heated seats for cold winter days.
2011 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased my V6 Base AWD Highlander early December 2010 because I was expecting my second child in January and simply wanted something affordable, safe and solid to drive the family around in.
After an extensive pre-purchase research and 3,000 miles later, I can best described the Highlander as the Mario of SUVs.
The Highlander, much like Mario in the Super Mario Brother video game franchise, is not the biggest, strongest, fastest or best looking SUV around.
But it just seems to do everything just right (e.g., affordability, fit and finish, interior space / configuration, engine, controls, safety features, comfort, dash layout, MPG) much like Mario.
So it is the perfect all-around SUV
My favorite features are the V6 engine (smooth, quiet, and fast Ė I canít stress how impress I am with the V6),
the middle row of seats( slides, reclines, captain chairs capable, remove center seat and walk through to 3rd row, no middle floor hump), simple, clean and intuitive dash board layout and controls, the split third row, and the quick flat fold release handles in the trunk.
I wish the base model had power lift gate as an option (wife hates leather), the 3rd row access quick release on both sides (only on passenger side), smaller wheel wells and or deeper floor in 3rd row to increase room, flush handle bar with the driver side arm rest (the driver side handle bar is vertical and about 2 inches behind the door / window controls so you must reach around the handle to access the controls. Toyota should have just made it horizontal / flat and flush with the arm rest so you can rest your arm and access the controls, which you canít currently do), a 3rd LATCH (only has two)