2008 Toyota Highlander
There are 15 user reviews for the Limited 4X4 trim shown below
- Ride is good.Quiet.Engine has good power.
- Factory Alarm.Navigation System. controls hard to reach..Engine Noise.
Alarm does what it wants to sometimes. Engine sounds like a diesel.
Controls hard to reach. Nav Display cannot be read in the daytime..
Toyota did bad interior design.
Heated seats only mean Bottom seat and heat controls hard to use.
Several bad design problems..NO LIGHTS ON THE opener buttons. YOU HAVE TO FEEL FOR BUTTONS!!!
Interior dash lights ARE TO DIM. EVEN ON MAX.
Appears Toyota kinda threw this one together....read morehide
4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 25mpg highway , rear camera, interior,
- a little pricey Navi
This is the first Toyota I've have owned.I was a Ford guy for many years' I traded in a f150 truck on the Highlander. I wanted better gas mileage, plus I wanted to try a Toyota. The last 3 new Fords I bought seemed to have little bugs to be fixed when new.So far no problems . 10 mpg more on the highway than my f150. It has 6300 miles on it. I don't like the Navi as good as my garmin not as accurate can't be programed when moving. I like the rear camera I back up with no problems.I waiting to see how good it is in the snow...read morehide
8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Roomy - better than average fuel economy - great handling
- Road noise - Poor rear DVD design - NAV cant be programed while moving
Our 1st day of owning our new 2008 Toyota Highlander was not pleasant. The road noise was so loud inside the vehicle that we couldn’t even talk on a cell phone without the person on the other end saying "is your window down"? After taking it back a day later to the dealer they took it in at 0930 and when I came back at 1330 all they had done is "test driven" it. They told me "they could hear nothing" and vehicles sound different on different surfaces.
I was really disappointed that they couldn’t find any problems so they agreed to let me drive and they (Service Manager and Salesman) would ride along. After driving about 5 miles both treated me like I was crazy and nuts for hearing excessive road noise. After I went around a corner the service manager said "humm maybe I should check the air pressure". He got out and I heard Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - he was letting lots of air out in every tire, and finally he got back in. He said "every tire had about 47 psi of air in them. WOW unbelievable - then everyone started talking about the road noise and how much better it was inside the car....amazingly they both said that sounds so much better, but keep in mind they never heard nothing to begin with.
I requested a meeting with the GM of the Dealership and they offered me a gas fill up for my time and trip & a free sound barrier undercoating & a gas top off on the return to have it done. They also gave an apology.
Our Highlander does ride, handle and have less inside cabin road noise now that it has the correct 33 psi of air.
We are happy with most features, including the DVD in rear seat for kids although it does block the rearview mirror when it’s down - this seems like a true SAFETY ISSUE!!! We also like the back up cam feature and the stylish "Limited" design.
One thing we don’t like is how the NAV requires you to be stopped to enter in a Point of Interest. It was told to me "that is for safety" Problem is when your on a trip and the passenger wants to play with the NAV - They can’t!
Someone else did point out and we agree that not seeing the radio song title and artist is disappointing.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE BUYERS:
DO NOT buy the NAV - install your own Garmin, it will do the same if not better and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper!
DO purchase the sound barrier undercoating and undercarriage rust protection?
DO purchase a bug deflector (after market)
DO NOT purchase satellite radio in car, your better off purchasing it after market so you can take it out and move it around from car to car or even inside your home.
DO buy the rubber floor mats - amazing how much sand, dirt etc gets in your floor board, and that all can make your car eventually smell bad.
BE leery of paying more for a HYBRID for 3k-4k more, depending on how many miles you drive per year - Do the math will you actually save money? Keep in mind at some point batteries do go bad. I don’t know too many used car buyers that want to buy a car knowing the batteries may need replaced.
There are so many things that sell this car but the biggest for us was the TOYOTA name. We have owned an Avalon since buying it new in 2001, and only had one small issue with a speaker on the sound system. We hope the 2008 Highlander will turn out to be as good of purchase as we feel the Avalon has been.
Only time will tell....the thing I worry about most is how the Indianapolis Tom O’Brien service center will handle our needs!...read morehide
26 out of 41 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Fuel economy, averaging just under 22 with highway @ 25 and up to 27
- Handling is disconcetingly soft, steering can be vague, driver's bottom cushion lacks support
I wish I had read other reviews for this car before deciding. I like the styling, fit and finish is flawless, lacks the luxuriousness of my wife's Lexus, but everything works the same. Tippy handling, vague steering, not enough bottom cushion support for driver (admittedly I'm a big guy). Good leg room, I can spread out. I like the keyless feature and the automatic blue tooth, though I haven't figured out how to use the voice recognition yet. Radio is really good. Prices they want for after market XM and towing hitch, even though it comes equipped with the wiring, extra coolers, etc, is outrageous. I'm also offended that I had to add body side molding, mud flaps, mesh bag, etc. They are standard with the Lexus and even my daughter's RAV 4. I only have 1,000 miles on it and I'm determined to adapt, but it wasn't love at first drive (after I took it home). One big reason for buying was the third seat and it's ease of use for my grandkids. Consolation is Toyota's vaunted reliability....read morehide
27 out of 41 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 25 MPG on hughway. Like the headuo displaynd contols. bluetooth
- No deals to be found. Hard to find the popular trims
We drove al trims and it seemed a big diffrence from the sport to the limited in terms of drive, interior quality and gadgets. Think the limited is worth the extra bucks.
steering wheel has full set of contols on limited. Really cool
11 out of 43 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- AWD system, Nav, Fuel Econ, comfort, noise level
- cargo room w 3rd seat up, DVD controls only in back unless stopped
We've had this vehicle 3 months and 8000 miles. We love it! It has great traction on our Montana ice packed streets and highways. The navigation is always on without pushing a number of switches unlike our Odyssey. It runs smooth and quiet for an SUV. We have to watch our speed because it feels like we are traveling much slower than the speedometer indicates. The front and 2nd row seats are fairly large and very comfortable. The leather is stiffer than our Odyssey and Silverado, but appear more durable. We enjoy the clearance and flexibility to get off road when on trips, although I wouldn't take it on extreme off road routes. We love it!...read morehide
9 out of 32 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Ride, power, size, nav system.
- Fuel but they say it takes 2000 miles to break in.
I recently purchased a Highlander limted, I owned a 2005 Envoy xl. I looked at the Acadia and did like the ride and size but I was not real happy the the shifting and the financing they offered. I test drove MDX, Jeep grand and commandor, Acadia and the Honda pilot. The 2008 Highlander had the best all around package. I ordered the Blizzard white limited with the NAV, DVD tow package, third row etc... The third row is fine, I am 6 ft tall and I fit in the third row although I would not want to take a long ride in this row. My two daughters who are 3 and 6 love the car and they fit perfect in the third row. The vehicle rides very smooth, quite, and the power is mor ethan enough. If you want to do real offroading I would go with the jeep but I drive around 50,000 miles per year and wanted something I felt comfortable getting 200,000 thousand out of. I am a VP of sales and travel all over the country. The MDX was also very nice but the Highlander had a little more size, better gas mileage and less money. I do reall like the new style and over all vehicle is the best but this is only my opinion....read morehide
16 out of 39 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- MGP, fit and finish is good, sound system is good
- noisy ride, poor slippery road performance, 4WD is a wish not a real feature.
Have owned the 2008 limited for 3000 miles.
Nav system is very limited in map detail unless you are in a larger metropitan area. Get out of the big city and good luck. Operation is clunky - Garmin/Magellan is the standard.
Bluetooth is horrible to operate while driving. Needs a headset mode so your hpone - which is guaranteed to have better dialing and voice recognition - could be used instead of this hiddeous system.
Should come with ear plugs to shut out the excessive road noise.
Who knows what voice commands - when recognized - are available since the owners manual doesn't list them.
It is nice that the VDIM beeps at you while you are spinning out of control on even the slightest ice/snow - yes ... I am a seasoned winter driver.
4WD moniker is really a stretch ... even AWD might be inaccurate since you can't get it engaged when you need it....read morehide
28 out of 38 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Comfort! Comfort! Comfort! Fuel Economy, Back-up Camera, Navigation System
- A little pricey, wish the third row seat was split
I recently had back surgery, so one of my main concerns was comfort. Over the past three months I have test drove a multitude of SUV's between $30,000 and $40,000. After each test drive, No matter how much I might save on another vehicle or what another make of SUV had to offer, It kept coming down to the Comfort of the Highlander. I've been getting approx. 20mpg in mixed driving around town, no real Highway trips yet. Hope to get the 23mpg it's rated for. I've had it for about 4 weeks (2,600 miles) and so far, I have no regrets....read morehide
21 out of 65 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Nice interior and some added features
- Too big and boxy. I feel as though I'm driving a bus
Had an 02 and 05 Highlander limited and loved them both. The lease was up on the 05 so went with another without much thought. Sorry I did. It is too large and clumsy feeling. It is very quiet and comfortable but too much like a large, old sedan. Also, the price has increased and the Limited, with some of the features I desire, now has some I don't want but have to include. The "keyless" entry is a pain-and the key, if you want to use it, is a very small mini-key.
After driving if for a day or two I have opted to drive my wife's 2006 Subaru Forester and let her drive my leased car. Although I drive many miles per month and that the Highlander would be more comfortable, I still prefer the cramped Forester....read morehide
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