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2005 Toyota Highlander

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Smooth Highlander
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By Shania Jackson
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2005 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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It's like I'm driving a smooth toyota car but I'm sitting up higher. It maneuvers smoothly around NYC corners and it's easy to transport the elderly in it.


Best Features

Multiple cup holders for my 8yr old son (door and rear seat divider)


Worst Features

Scotch guard the cloth seats!


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Our traveler
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By stan
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2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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We purchased the Highlander in February. It's only used as a family car. Since owning it we have taken it from Maine to Florida and have had no problems at all. The back seat became a little cramped for our 2 children ages 11 and 14 however we did make use of a luggage carrier and that did help a lot. We have never used the third row seat. I find it a pleasure to drive with plenty of power. It did take little while to learn the switches. The limited off-road capability is to be taken seriously. I have gotten it stuck twice in sand and have determined that I would have been better served in a 4-runner only because of my off-road demands. Overall I would consider it a wonderful vehicle.


Best Features

We feel it drives and rides wonderfully. With a trailer hitch it does become versatile .


Worst Features

My only suggestion would be to have more off-road capability.


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Not A Bad Drive
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By MCavallu
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2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this vehicle mainly because of an earlier family purchase of a Celica back in 1985 when my 2 brothers & I beat the heck out of it. This version however isn't exactly what I expected. First, the paint had chips at delivery, then one fog light was out & EVER since I owned it, the automatic shift isn't so fluid & the city gas mileage isn't near the "average" at all. A/C on a hot day just doesn't get cold enough! The car is indeed fun to drive but the driver's seat seems to tilt too forward almost making one feel like they're falling off the seat. Having said all of these things, I still feel it's a good, highly rated, vehicle.


Best Features

3rd Row (although tight), ride quality, excellent workmanship.


Worst Features

Smoother shifting tranny, improved gas mileage, tilt of drivers seat & A/C temperature.


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Great vehicle
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By Gina
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2005 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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We did a lot of researching before buying this car. I used to own a 1994 Corolla and was scared this would be a difficult transition. I have been very impressed with the car so far. The fuel economy is not that bad. I average about 22 miles per gallon. The ride is very smooth and the the car handling is impressive.


Best Features

Power seats, road noise, handling


Worst Features

Quality of some of the interior features is poor. Sunglass holder has gotten jammed, cigarette lighter not attached well. Obviously if these are my only complaints it must be a good car.


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Big Mistake
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By morris
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2005 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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The research described the Highlander as a very good vehicle. I am dissappointed and trying to cut my losses. I moved to WV a couple of years ago and got tired of bottoming out my 2001 Volvo V70 T5 (100,000 mi). The Hylander has difficulty excellerating on the hills, the brakes grab, the cruise control is jerky and shifts into overdrive frequently (dealer says its fine), the plastic components are light weight and fall off, poor ventilation to the back seat area, seat heaters are inadequate, road noise is excessive, a recent stone 'star' to the windshield revealed a single piece of glass. I do not feel safe and I can't believe I spent the money. My Chevy 2500HD diesel is better.


Best Features

Easy to get in and out of, radio is not bad.


Worst Features

Build this car so it is worth the money, or reduce the price. The mileage is terrible for the low power output.


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