2009 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Beware of short-comings

2009 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Beware of short-comings
By Drivers Ed on


2009 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


After having the Highlander for a few months it is fun to drive and I do like the car. But the biggest trouble is that the Sport and Limited levels (including hybrids) have 19 inch wheels with odd size tires. There is basically 2 tires to choose from, plus a few snow tires. That's the only choice you have, and these tires are scary on snow. I have my tires rotated at the dealer, and from their write up, it'll probably last 20,000 miles in which case will cost almost $1,000 to replace (not easy to find either). Wish the space behind third row was longer as well as split third row to make it more usable. I think the Honda Pilot would be a better choice.

Best Features

Sunroof, rear view camera, styling, good gas mileage, ability to open rear glass hatch.

Worst Features

Split third row capability, ability to enter third row from both sides (only on passenger side currently), move third row forward to gain more space behind it, definitely need more tire choices (Toyota Venza has same size and is in the same boat). Tires will drive up cost of ownership. Look it up.
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