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2012 Toyota Highlander SUV

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Its a mixed bag
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By saveenergy
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Vehicle

2012 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

If you value reliability, comfort, value, good overall performance then this Highlander is hard to beat.


Favorite Features

Quiet & comfortable cruising. 7 seat configuration.


Suggested Improvements

Poor cruise control, wanders upto 7 mph on moderate inclines where other vehicles don't. Poor Bluetooth connectivity to smart phones Strange SatNav, picks strange routes which are not the fastest when compared to Garmin. SatNav dies down after more than 4 hrs of continuous use with Bluetooth enabled phone connected Even the top of the line Limited version doesn't offer one-touch all windows The transmission operation is not optimized for fuel efficiency. Anything more than a gentle touch on the accelerator pedal causes high rpm upshifts. Fuel tank is small, causing much frequent fill ups in city driving. Cheap graphics on speedo/tach Keyless entry often fails


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Review at 27,000 miles (2.5 years of ownership)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jzach402
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2012 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Car has been performing flawlessly. Engine power is more than ample for my needs with 270 hp. Handling is ok but could be better. You get more body shift movement in your seat than say a regular size car due to the seat contour. Car rides quite comfortably with 5 passengers during short or long distance driving. Engine noise is quite acceptable. Car handling is quite sloppy especially at quick acceleration (FWD). Car tends to veer/pull on one side and may take some time getting use to. Gas mileage in my city driving averages 15 to 17 MPG and ~ 24MPG on HWY. All controls are quite user friendly and easy to use/reach and learn. Visors could be positioned better. Need simple Tire sensor rst


Favorite Features

Car drives and rides smooth & quiet. Quick acceleration is good when needed. Braking response and stopping distance is excellent. Logical and easy to read instrumentation. Good Bluetooth feature that pairs with your favorite music player/smartphone. Spacious rear seating area, cargo, and accessible extra 6th & 7th rear-cargo seats. Nice dual temperature control between front and rear. Nice standard sound system with CD player & 6 speakers. Back-up rear view display is nice feature to have but a little too small.


Suggested Improvements

After ~ 6,000miles of ownership the LCD display on the rearview display started rattling during driving (annoying). At ~ 10,000 miles the radio display started blacking-out (sound system still functional and operates fine) intermittently which requires tapping the dashboard at times. Tire pressure sensor is great but would be nice if it can detect which tire is off pressure... Would be nice to simplify the manner of resetting the tire sensor light (ignition key + under dash button seq.). The owner's manual could have been written better (made easier to understand) like before. LCD display (3.5 inch) - rearview monitoring could be made larger to be more effective (6-7").


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Great SUV, gas guzzler
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By thedriver93
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2012 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought this car to upgrade out of my Camry, tried to see if Toyota could still impress me. This was a great SUV, great visibility, great features with NAV system, back up camera, JBL sound system, leather seats, heightened ride. The way it was drinking gas at 20-21 mpg was horrible and in the end a deal breaker


Favorite Features

JBL speakers, NAV, sunroof, comfortable ride, push button start.


Suggested Improvements

Make it more efficient on gas, I understand that it's an SUV but come on.


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2012 Toyo Highlander - Overhead Console
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jaregm65
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2012 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I purchased my 2012 Highlander in Dec. 2012, I do love my Vehicle, befor this I had a 2000 Rav4 so this is a step up for me. I am having Major issues with my Overhead Console that has the Small Compartment above the Rearview Mirror. I have taken it in already for this problem twice for falling completely down and the small door not closing. I'm wandering if other owners are having this issue and what have they done to fix it because it seems that the dealer just won't fix it they just bandaid the problem. I just don't kbnow what to do anymore and I am frustrated because this is my new car and I shouldn't have any problems and yes I have purchased the full and extended warranties. Help Please


Favorite Features

Sun Roof, XM-Radio, 3rd Seat and Very Roomy and Exterior Features and Color - Crissom-Mica


Suggested Improvements

The Overhead Console next to the SunRoof there is really no need for this and it's not a good feature and poorly constructed. It should not be plastic if this has to be there.


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Love the Highlander - All Around Great SUV
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By goodboi_75
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2012 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I absolutely love my 2012 Highlander, Base 3.5 L V-6 AWD. It currently has 15,000 miles on it. It's a nice driving vehicle with comfortable ride and outstanding reliability. It's a tank in the NY snow and backs up my steep driveway like a breeze - no spinning, slipping, etc......unlike my 2003 Ford Escape 4x4 which had a tough time backing up the driveway. I went on a recent trip to PA and the highlander handled the hilly terrain with ease and the best part is the gas mileage - averaged 25 mpg highway! I was shocked it did so well and was very impressed. That's better than the 23 mpg hwy rating on the sticker window!


Favorite Features

Gas Mileage - 25 mpg hwy on a recent 6 hour roundtrip to PA.


Suggested Improvements

Headlight design on the 2012 highlander - the headlights have a distinct cutoff in the headlight projection will I absolutely hate! No car I've ever had has had this problem. Toyota has made a few adjustments - better, but still nowhere near what it should be - I drove other 2012 and 2013 highlanders on their lot back in the fall and they have the same problem. If you're looking at the latest redesigned model - I would suggest driving the car at night away from the city street lights and see how it works for you.


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