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An Awesome SUV!
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By Daniel K
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2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Well, I really liked our 2005 Highlander, but, this 2008 Highlander is simply awesome - really. The exceptionally smooth and quiet ride, powerful engine, and very good gas mileage for the size of the vehicle is without question class best! A recent 1500 mile road trip was the easiest and most relaxing trip I have ever experienced in over 40 years of driving. The sport package handles well, not too stiff, adding to the driving pleasure. This vehicle is the best looking SUV on the planet, lots of "stares" from other drivers. The cabin is very comfortable, controls properly positioned, adding to the driving experience. Toyota cleverly combined features of a sedan, SUV, and minivan!


Best Features

The sport package provides superior ride and handling. The exterior appearance-simply the best! The 440 watt JBL stereo system sounds great. The dual climate control systems (front and rear seats) works wonderful. The 19" wheels look great. Multi-function display provides handy information.


Worst Features

The only thing I would suggest is to better design the satellite radio antenna (presently mounted on the dash in front of the driver) and relocate it outside (on top) of the vehicle for better appearance and reception quality.


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By Barry W
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2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Needed replacement for Windstar Van. Wanted truck to pull 21' boat. With gas reaching $4, needed economy. Highlander was the only vehicle with 5000 lb towing package and good economy. Have almost 1000 miles and have not gotten less than 20 MPG city. Have gotten 26.5 MPG on interstate with cruise on 70MPH. Selected Sport FWD. Excellent fit and finish. JBL is super. Auto rear hatch is great feature. Third row seat can accommodate adults. Love flat cargo floor. Very quiet at highway speed. Lexus quality through out


Best Features

Towing Package - second row adjustable seats with middle seat filler. Power tailgate. Manual gear selection. Multiple storage options, auto front and rear AC.


Worst Features

Two more inches of driver seat travel. Hard to improve on perfection. Toyota has hit a home run with the 08 Highlander.


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By B Whitcomb
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2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Performed extensive research to find economical vehicle with a 5000 lb towing capability. No competition. Best economy with 5000 lb towing. Excellent economy achieved 24.8 MPG on first 1000 miles round trip to NC mountains, 5000 ft elevation. Exceeded EPA mileage estimates on first tank. Quiet at 60+ stereo super, love auto rear opener. Sport suspension stiffer than base and Limited. I prefer stiffer. Able to select transmission gearing, a plus for towing. Second seats can be moved forward and aft as well as folded flat. Rear auto door is a real plus for convenience.


Best Features

Steering wheel controls for stereo, AC and display. Rear auto door, back up camera and mileage displays. Storage options and flat floor cargo capability.


Worst Features

Include cross bars with roof rack.


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Met Expectations
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By Jim
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This vehicle was purchased because of the towing package option - allowing for a 5,000 lb towing capacity which exceeded most other crossover vehicles of similar size. The vehicle has performed well in the first 9 months. However, initial electrical wiring problems required the vehicle to be returned to the dealer for repairs early on.


Best Features

Navigation system, heated seats, back- up camera


Worst Features

Add drivers seat memory. Add more passenger seat adjustment. Provide optional "No 3rd seat".


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Great vehicle.
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By Patrick
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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I traded my '02 Ford Windstar for a 2008 4WD Base Highlander. I have driven the Highlander about 1,000 miles so far. The Highlander is much nicer to drive, has more power, and gets better MPG (around 21 MPG in mixed city/urban interstate driving). The only downside is less space behind the 3rd row seats. I would have bought the hybrid, but the extra $10-12,000 is insane.


Best Features

Comfortable ride and space for 7 people.


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