2007 Toyota Highlander User Reviews
Sport 4X2 shown
- $9,797 - $15,883
- Great Quality Vehicle
- Gas mileage and maintenance prices
I wrote a review months ago about the love i have for my 4x4 Sport Highlander and still do but found the gas mileage displayed on the sticker as false. The sticker claims 24 mileage on the highway. As a bay area commuter i in actuality get 21 miles per gallon with gas prices up i feel it at the pump. I pay as much as $ 450.00 a month for my commute if i work 4 days out the week its more obviously if i work 5. Those who search for a more fuel efficient vehicle may want to reconsider the 4x4 highlander. The 4x2 claims 25 and it gets 25 per gallon, thats a fact i had one for 2 years.
Also maintenance prices are up at the service department if you like Toyota servicing your car, i personally do. My first oil change plus they add to that like rotate your tires ect. was $99 plus taxes there is no more just getting an old fashion straight up oil change.
This car is going to cost me more then i expected!...read morehide
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- Price, interior space, reliability/resale value of brand
- MPG, road/wind noise, seats
We own a recently purchased 2007 with value pkg 5 (sunroof, fog lights, tinting, spoiler, alloys, etc), Homelink, JBL system, tow prep, and a few other miscellaneous items. Just returned from a 1,600 plus trip.
We were trying to buy a V6 RAV4 with particular options which after shopping for over a month, literally, it was apparently an impossibility. In retrospect, I'm glad. We got this vehicle, which was stickered for $29,950 for a DRIVE OUT (we have 6% sales tax) of $26,600. I could NOT have gotten a comparably equipped RAV4 for that price.
Having said that, there are some disappointments with it.
I'm 6'0". I'm amazed that cruising down the interstate if I need to stretch my legs I can in fact stretch them completely (though my feet or below the pedals) yet the seating surface is noticeably 'short'. Not sure why and since it's my much shorter wife's primary vehicle it's not a huge inconvenience but an extra inch or two would make the seats much more comfortable.
On a perfect roadway the interior noise is non existent. However, on normal or especially moderately rough pavement (or atrocious pavement like I-10 along much of the gulf coast) the noise is unacceptable. Couple the feedback from the tires with wind noise at higher interstate speeds (75mph+) and you have what can only be described as an interior that actually prevented my wife from attempting a cell phone call from the back seat!
Not sure how much new tires will help (or heaven forbid hurt) but that's hopefully many miles away.
MPG is a real disappointment. I have NEVER not gotten ABOVE EPA window estimates until this vehicle. We drive very conservatively. Despite perhaps high highway speeds we take and off, stop VERY slowly. This vehicle is averaging through it's first 3,000 miles just over 16 in the city and only 22-23 on the highway. Given that, it is within 10% of the MPG I get on my Avalanche! Again, a real disappointment and had I known that going in, that would have broadened my search to other similarly low MPG vehicles. If the RAV4 is anywhere near it's EPA estimates then there is a much bigger disparity in these 2 vehicles than logic would dictate, especially considering the differences in the respective V6s.
The variable electric steering is VERY nice at parking lot speeds. It's a little over sensitive for my tastes in the 30-45 mph speeds and under reactive at interstate speeds. I'm sure it's something you get used to but it was immediately noticeable to me.
Not sure what the base stereo sounds like but the (expensive) JBL upgrade is nothing spectacular, though perhaps by comparison it is. It should have an MP3 input and subwoofer but does not.
Like most all Toyotas it's cockpit layout is sensible and functional. The center console lid protrudes when open which is only a minor oddity and the open space UNDER the console, though unique and perhaps useful for something, is awkward to get to and likely better utilized by simply incorporating it into the console. The ashtray is useless and though we didn't get a 'smoker's package' it's there. Wish it was deeper to hold a cell phone or something else useful.
Before knowing the specifics about the '08s I was worried I was going to be furious for not waiting but it doesn't appear we made a mistake especially given the price. I'm sure the 08s or nice but for our specific concerns, it doesn't appear to be materially different.
In summary, a good compromise between sedan and behemoth SUV that has manageable drivability, good utility and practicality at only moderate �costs� (both financial and functional)....read morehide
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- Body and Interior Fit and Finish are great.
- Erratic Transmission, Sensitive Brakes, Vibrations in Steering Wheel
After 4 months of owning, here are the problems: 1. Excessive engine vibration transmitted through steering column, most pronounced at 1900 RPM. Observed in mostly lower gears when accelerating, but happens in all situations. Vibration sometimes very excessive, can feel vibration in floor, gas pedal, brake pedal, wiper and light controls. 2. Excessive front braking, front brakes grab, seem out of proportion with back. Too much pedal play before harsh braking response. Braking consistency varies. 3. Cold idle too high, 1950 RPM, transmission slams into gear. 4. Engine idle, loud resonance or �boominess�, growl in first gear, slow speeds. 5. Transmission erratic with inappropriate shifting. Transmission always shifting up to 5th gear at slow speeds, pushing car forward faster when not desired, car is pushed forward faster just before a full stop. Car will not downshift when appropriate. Taking foot off gas, car maintains speed (like on cruise control), Car will drive for a mile without gas pedal input, stuck in 5th gear at 900 RPM. Always fighting to slow vehicle through excessive braking. Car is easier to stop if put in Neutral. Pulling into driveway at Home. At 3 MPH, 900 RPM, car is still down-shifting from 4th, to 3rd, to 2nd, to 1st. Needs excessive braking to keep car from surging forward.
Bottom Line: the biggest issue with this truck is the Tranmission. Toyota has had widespread problems here. It introduced a software upgrade in 2006, but it only improved slightly. Don't buy this truck. I had a Toyota Field Rep look at these problems and was told they can't do anything about it....read morehide
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- don't know if theres enough good to put here
- brakes, susepnsion, the lousy dealership i went to and they're refusal to more or less do any thing
i've had a my seacond 2006 highlander for about a year now. ( long story in voloving dealership refusal on the lemon law which the first highlander also a 2006 was and this one isn't turning out much better.) all i can say is its an okay vehical but has major mechanical problems and is just very disappointing. i bought the car to have a nice safe reliable vehical but i have been proven wrong and now wish i had look else where to begin with. like i said about the breaks, i try to stop at a low ie 20mph and it takes a quite a bit more disatance and time to stop then it really should. dealership says the breaks are fine (doubt they even check). dealership has refused to do any thing about it or when i said the ride has gotten suprisely rough now too they said thats how its suppose to ride. sees like they were willing to do any thing but honor ther warrenty to fix any thing. i'm leasing this vehicle for almost $600 a month and i don't get why i should have to spend money to fix this vehicle up to make it safe (looks like possibley $3000 just for new brakes) if i'm just going to trade in, sell, dump in the ocean, or what ever. calling toyota corpate in CA for the first vehicle didn't do much good so i see no reason to call again for this one other to tell then they really are a lousy manufacter for allowing unsafe vehicles on the road and then doing nothing to fix them. trying to get rid of the vehicle if possible and get into some thing far more reliable but will never buy another toyota. they've burned me too many time for me to even think about going back so i'm done. i'll go to jeep or dodge and get a good american made vehicle instead....read morehide
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- Good solid SUV, very comfortable to drive or ride long distances.
- Wind noise is very noticable.
Our first Highlander was a 2004 and about one year after enjoying it we were broadsided. We were hit in the right front fender by an auto running a red light. The impact was strong enought to total out the car. We were so impressed in the protection the Highlander provided we bought a 2005 model. We have now driven the 2005 about 30K and we are very pleased with it....read morehide
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- Nice ride, handles well
- Can't think of any
My Highlander is a 2006 and at first I wasn't sure( I just came from a BMW 325i which was always in the shop) but 1 year later I really love this vehicle! It rides nice, handles well has plenty of room and has a nice look. I read reviews before I bought mine which helped in the decision and I am not at all dissapointed with my choice....read morehide
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- Quality/reliability, safety, package value, refinement
- gets pricy as Limited
We have just ordered a 4 cyl. Highlander for our college-bound daughter-- here's why. C.R. averaged 24 mpg with this 4 (versus 19 with this 6 cyl.), but it has plenty of power; 5-star safety; Toyota quality/reliability and refinement; attention to detail; ergonomics; comfort; feature flexibility and value if packaged properly. We discovered that if you get the base 4 you can add options (Value Package #1, moonroof, JBL, steering wheel audio, lighting package, and get it like you want it for FAR less than if you get the V-6 Limited-- say $29k+. The 3rd row is a waste and eliminates a nice storage cubby hole in the floor. Also considered RAV 4, new CR-V, Pilot, new Santa Fe. Pilot weighs 800# more and comes only as V-6 with lesser MPG. RAV4 similarly equipped costs about the same, but is smaller, less refined, less aesthetically appealing. CR-V is the new class of small SUV's and is a bit cheaper and well-featured standard, but you cannot adapt w/options really, and it is truly smaller. Santa Fe is bigger and much improved, but MPG underwhelms. Some say Highlander is a dated, boring-looking model, but we disagree-- Murano is too funky. The Highlander covers a lot of bases well, but is really a Camry with an SUV body, so it need not be a gas hog with the very solid 4 cyl....read morehide
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- High quality construction, good winter traction, smooth engine, good convienences
- lower than expected gas milage, weak brakes, short person egonomics, down-shift problems
The 2006 highlander we bought new does not meet our expectations. Mileage on the freeway is 19mpg, significantly less than EPA estimate of 24mpg, unlike our 1995 villager which got it's EPA estimated mileage. Brakes are underpowered. power brake booster is slow to respond in emergency situtations. Suspension is sloppy under hard braking. Driver seat to steering wheel distance does not fit 6ft tall people. And the most annoying problem of all - downshifts while moving are slow to occur. Emergency downshifts do not occur fast enough. period. In summary, if driven conservatively, very conservatively, the vehicle is ok. But, when driven even a little bit aggresively, it responds like a fat pig....read morehide
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- handles ok for SUV
- It looks like a minivan seats are garbage
I must agree with the other writer looks like minivan, seats are very uncomfortable like sitting on a rock,
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- It has all the features expected in an SUV
- It looks like a minivan.
Toyota has taken the SUV look from the highlander and 4-runner and they are starting to look more like a mini-van. I love the quality that Toyota has to offer but the looks of their SUV's have gone down hill. The only SUV they have to offer that I would consider buying is the FJ, but they need to change a few things like the low visibility issues and the over pricing before I will buy one....read morehide
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