I tried to like it, but at the end trade it in for Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring only after 1 year.
By convert777 on
2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Positive: Suppose to have stellar reliability and has a good resale, quick, relatively roomy and comfortable if you are not a driver.
Negatives: Most surfaces and materials don't belong in $40,000 car (ok with me) , drives like minivan/truck crossover with very light and not communicative steering (does not drives, but floats), 3 rd row not usable - not just because of size/just plywood covered in cheap vinyl, no blind spot monitoring ( a must because of size, blind spots), no adaptive xenon headlights, average MPG
for it size ( computer always overstate by 1 MPG). Toyota keeps being arrogant and substantially raised prices for 2012 without any improvements, that worked in my favor.
My last 5 cars were Toyota's. After buying my first Mazda and then a Subaru I discovered that they are build as good or better than Toyota and pleasure to drive.
Checked with Consumer reports and others and discovered that it is not only my opinion:
Subaru and Mazda are higher rated that Toyota.
Replaced 2011 Highlander Limited with 2012 CX-9 GT for only $2000 extra (no financing):
pleasure to drive and handing like compact CUV/sedan (yet substantially bigger than Highlander), very usable 3rd row, near luxury interior/exterior, all the extras and safety futures not even available in Highlander, reliability should be terrific also - six year of
the model and built in Japan.