2009 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
It's new. Rides great. Maneuvers well. Plenty of get up and go. Has all the bells and whistles. Fit and trim are excellent. First non-"big three" we have owned. Center dash w/navigation/CD combined is too delicate and complex. Steering wheel controls good/dash controls unnecessarily confusing. Owners Manual near useless - WAY TOO LONG. More comfortable than competitors especially for someone over 6'2" and 250 lbs. Cargo area is good w/3rd seat down.
Back up camera is a good safety feature. Love the glove box-holds everything the wife throws in and then has room for what belongs there. Auto tailgate and the simplified fold down seat controls are my favorites. Keyless ignition nice. Ride is excellent. For Mid-Atlantic region FWD is all you need.
Heated seats are too cool. Vehicle lines from 06-07-08 were sharper than 09 model. Roof rack should include cross members. More comfortable front bucket seats. Emergency tow hook is a joke. Antennas embedded in the glass.
2009 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Very smooth to drive, interior feels much more spacious than the Explorer we traded in for it. Fuel economy is good for SUV. Engine seems to work a bit harder than the explorer's did when I need to accelerate rapidly on to a highway, but other than that it has plenty of power.
Smart Key, bluetooth, auto rear door, multi zone AC
I really wish it had an option for a memory drivers seat and mirrors integrated with the smart key system. NAV needs updated map info. Remove the lock on Nav when vehicle is moving. HD radio should be included on a stereo at that price.
The highlander is a beautiful SUV to look at but very bumpy to ride in. Would have been my dream SUV but now I hate to drive it because it's bumpy like a old 1987 car that need new struts or something. Please test drive it on all kinds of roads before purchasing.
Base V6 is nice, have Value Pack 2, but for the money would have liked rearview to have auto dim and compass, read hatch to open glass, include fuel computer. Bottom line would like some more standard options included for the price, but looks nice and very functional.
Third Row seat room. Quality of interior design. Tow capability of 5000 lbs. Form Fit and function. Room inside. Ride and Power. Cup holders, space for items, glove box and so on.
Include more features in base model for the price. Include hitch with tow package. Include bump rail to protect against doors opening into side of car. Need to open mirror on passenger side to operate light. Better MPG.
I love this car. It is like a fine swiss watch. I am averaging 26 MPG with the 4 cylinder. My car has the trailer towing package. This made it a much stronger vehicle. I had to order the vehicle to get the towing package, but it was worth the wait.
The 4 cylinder.
Toyota does not allow you to order leather seats with the 4 cylinder. Toyota, many people like luxury and with the 4 cylinder.