2011 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Could be perfect

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Could be perfect
By toyotalover4 on


2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


We turned in our 07 Lexus 350ES and got this SUV.
The feel and drive of the SUV is very nice inside and out as you expect such from Toyota. However, there are few things lacking to be perfect.
I hope Toyota address them for the future production.

1. Memory Seat buttons for driver and passenger seats-It would be nice not to adjust the seat settings everytime you take turn for driving.
2. More sitting options for passenger seat-should be comparable to that of of driver's.
3. Wooden panel for window open/close button-overall, the car feels luxury, exept for this cheap plastic panel.

If 1,2,3 are addressed, then this SUV can be called 'perfect' in my opinion.

Best Features

3rd Row Seats. Comfort and quite drive (both on local as well as on Freeway).

Worst Features

The above 1.2.3. Toyota has to remember that customers who seek out luxury do not want to by 'near' luxury or luxury 'like'. If it makes these options (1,2,3) for Lexus, why doesn't it implement or offer (as ap option) on Toyota brand, especially on its top of the line model (limited). While Toyota makes quality cars, it must not forget that it competes with all other brands including Lexus, its sister brand.
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By gnirk
on 03/16/11 11:39 AM (PDT)

We just purchased the Highlander LTD, and compared it to the Lexus RX 350. We have owned the RX350, the GX470, LS400, and currently own the LS430. I love the Highlander. It's not a Lexus, but still wonderful. The distinguishing features you mention: Memory seat, more adjustments for the passenger seat, real wood trim instead of the faux wood trim. These features are reserved for the Lexus, which is their luxury line. Highlanders are not considered to be luxury cars. We didn't think it was worth the $10,000 price difference between the two, so we opted for the less luxurious, but still wonderful Toyota HIghlander.

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