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Traded X3 for Highlander
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By DJ
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Traded a 2005 BMW X3 for 2008 Highlander sport. BMW just don't offer value for the money anymore on the new X3. Family really likes the Toyota. Softer drive but much more comfortable on Quebec bumpy road. Braking is good and strong with some front dive. Plenty of room for family of 4 with dog. Kids love the captain seat in 2nd row.


Best Features

Engine acceleration, roomy, 19 inch wheels, back-up camera, interior appearance, leather quality, 2nd row reclining capt's seats, rear lift glass, great visibility, looks like an SUV/truck (not like Mazda CX), easy access in/out, information screen,


Worst Features

Real drivers foot rest, lift gate is heavy to close, arm rest for drivers left arm is to far from steering wheel and not the same hight as the right arm rest, interior plastic looks fragile to scratches, fuel economy just ok, depth of cargo area when cargo cover deployed, seat side support,


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A Keeper
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By bill
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased the Highlander to have a reliable, economical to drive, and comfortable vehicle for long trips and for around town. It does it all. Quiet smooth ride, 21mpg around town, 26mpg Interstate. Power enough to pull my pontoon boat, yet easy to handle. Everyone remarks on how quiet the ride is, and the JBL stereo with sateite sounds great.


Best Features

Very good gas mileage while still having lots of power to tow (how did they do that?). Very quiet and very comfortable ride. Navigation system, power lift rear door, 4 captains chairs. Very safe feeling with air bags all around, good cabin space, very deep dash board, and lots of head room.


Worst Features

Like other reviewers I had a flat tire that required buying a $270 new tire. First flat in 10 years. Navigation tricky to use. "Snow" and "Hill" buttons lie flat on center console; are activated when my dogs (Shih Tzus) step on them. Power outlets for cell phone are inconveniently paced.


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Another great Toyota!
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By Chicagoland area
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Spent 3 months researching all the SUVs. Don't know why I bothered when Toyota builds the best out there! No complaints, not even about the 3rd row head rest or the lack of memory seats. 3rd row head rest are always down and my wife is the only one that drives the car. I love the European style shifting. It adds a lot of fun to the drive when you want to drive the back roads. I didn't expect any luggage space with a 3rd row for this size of SUV but you have some. Engine and handling remind me of my 99 Lexus ES300. My 5th Toyota and not my last one!


Best Features

The European style shifting. If you get bored with the automatic then you you have the option of the manual shifting sans a clutch pedal


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Love my highlander
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By Mary
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I have owned my highlander 8 mos. and would buy another one in a minute! Did a lot of research, drove several cars within in all major brands. This was my #1 choice. It has been great all the way around - very comfortable, good mileage (24 mpg hwy)and fits our family of 4 great. No regrets - two thumbs up!


Best Features

Most comfortable seat of about a dozen different brands I tried. Gas mileage is very competitive for size vehicle.


Worst Features

My only complaint is the transmission does not down-shift smoothly unless you come to a complete or near complete stop. Most noticeable when turning a corner or in a parking lot.


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2008 Toyota Highlander Base FWD
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By Toyota Joe
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2008 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I went looking for a sensible SUV and found it. I didn't need 4WD in the area I live in nor do I have kids, let alone 5, so I opted out of the 3rd row seat. The V6 has all the power I need though torque steer is somewhat noticeable. I'm 6 foot, yet there's plenty of room. The center dash/console is so well laid out, I felt as if it was made for me. Steering position is good, feel is a little soft though. Braking is OK, a bit soft as well. Transmission is super smooth, but an extra gear would be nice for a bump up in fuel economy. You may have noticed my 8 rating for economy, I'll explain below.


Best Features

The Snow button. I haven't a clue what it does, but I use it all the time. It feels likes it simply cuts power down. With a very light foot, tire pressure at 38, and Snow mode on, I get 22/28. The 28 was received after a 900 mile round trip at 65 MPH. At 55 MPH, I could get 30 MPG. Hybrid who?


Worst Features

The "S-Mode" shift feature is basically useless. You can't start out in second which would be great combined with snow mode, and while accelerating in higher gears, it just down-shifts like any other transmission. What's the point!? Also at this price, can I get an air temp and maybe a MPG readout?


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