2005 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: In love after all these years.

2005 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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V6 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic w/3rd Row)

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In love after all these years.
By shasta4 on


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


135K miles.
Bought 8/04.
Most options, 3rd row. V6, 3.3, AWD.
I've had big 3, BMW (3), Volvo (2), Jag V12 sedan, Audi and this is the best of them all in terms of overall satisfaction.
I can find small design grips like the vague sunroof switch, tight 3 row seat, but very little problems and outstanding reliability.
Orig. Bridgestones 50K.
Rear brakes 60K.
Front brakes 130K ! All lamps except highs original.
High beams 120K.
Tow a 2,000 lb travel trailer cross 3,000 miles averaging 20.5mpg. Mileage town 18, highway 23.
No leaks, amazing tranny, great power, tows trailer beautifully (after easy lift).
One problem.
At 50K rear bushing worn.
Probably do to trailer towing.

Best Features

Paint finish near perfect even though in CA sun, never in garage. Transmission is amazing. Some hunting for gear when applying then letting off of power. But less hunting than any other car I have driven. Winter package with wiper and defrost works well and was very inexpensive. AWD is amazing. Lived in Ohio and No. CA and traction is beyond belief with standard tires. Never stuck. Have plowed thru 6-8". Traction system is smarter than any driver. When in trouble just stand on the gas and the computer starts chirping, the power level adjusts, the car climbs out of trouble, amazing. Better then friends Jeep in anything other than off road. Cannot get the thing to squirrel around.

Worst Features

Rear bushing assembly that carries the wheel seems to be weak. Both have failed. One at replaced at 50K the other at 90K, but not replaced, just rattles on very rough roads. Should be tougher. I suspects this is the result of towing with a too heavy tongue weight. 50K bushing replacement fine after 80K more miles, so I thing the easy lift hitch took the strain off the rear. Otherwise the handing is near BMW standard. I have felt the tire noise is too great for a quality car. The orig. Bridgestones OK but Michellins are noisy, although I get about 50K miles. Wish front passenger seat was lower or adjusted like power driver's. I am tall with bad back so I always use comfy drivers.
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