2008 Toyota Highlander User Reviews
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- $14,311 - $21,010
- excellent fuel economy, rented this suv from l.a. to tahoe and gets almost 30MPG.
- soft brakes, transmission jerks in high RPM
this is an excellent SUV. rented this car for our annual trip from LA to Tahoe and i get excellent fuel economy. I got 30MPG over-all. My only comment is brake is kinda soft and transmission jerks in high rpm, but over-all this is an excellent car. plenty of space.
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- Good fuel economy- 28 MPG, RIDE, Quiet Engine "NOW"
- Door handle is in the way of power window switch
I love my new highlander, and this is my 3rd. I am really impressed with the ride, and bluetooth. The only downside is if the volume (radio) is down, there is no setting to overide for bluetooth (loud). For everyone who complains about "noise". When replacing oil and filter, I suggest 4 qts and 1qt of "LUCAS" oil treament. The engine runs like a sewing machine (quiet). Don't buy navigation, why pay $2-3k more when you can buy a garmin ? The sound system is great, you can easily ad any portable device (aux input) - IPOD, ZUNE, no adapter required. The Lexus R330 is built on the same chassis as the highlander, why pay $45-$50??...read morehide
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- smooth, quiet, powerful than exepection.
- mpg a bit low.
I have a honda CRV 2006, it's noisy anytime. Power steeling not quite good as toyota. highlander as SUV, it meets all the requests I ever think of.
May honda pilot is another option, but too big too tough.
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- 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
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- 24+mileage with mixed city/hwy use, comfortable interior
- air conditioning is confusing to use, handsfree phone is terrible
30K miles with no mechanical issues except that I only got 10K out of the Toyo tires. Dealer or Toyota would not help with warranty of tires at all. Sport has 19" wheels so only 3 manufacturers. Cost me $1300 for 4 tires. Very unhappy about that!
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- The fuel economy is great I can get up to 26 miles city. Everyone takes a second look.
- My only complaint is need a bit more leg room in the second and third seating.
My family truly loves our new suv. My husband feels great about choosing the suv because of it's safety features. I personally enjoy the stereo system and great air conditioning. I barely feel a bump on the road. The sterring wheel is so easy to manage. I was surprised by how smooth it makes turns. Very light to drive. Wonderful suv. You go Toyota. I never had bought one before, because I didn't like the look of it. It was a tight fit. But, the roomy disposition this time, changed my mind....read morehide
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- 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
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- Great fuel economy, TONS of room, feels safe, interior AWESOME, love back up camera fold 3rd seat
- A little hard to see out of back.
This is nothing like previous highlanders - looks like a smaller Sequoia! I've had for a month and love it. AWESOME vehicle inside and out!
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- Decent fuel economy, Toyota motor
- Noisy, uncomfortable, poor quality
I wanted to love this car, but...Seats were uncomfortable(no lumbar support), Digital clock impossible to read unless you live somewhere where it is dark during the day. Plastic molding covering where fog lamps go just fell off. Sun Visors were cheap and plastic. Decent room, 3rd row seating a plus, good layout of dash knobs, etc. Lights (interior) were poorly laid out. Smooth driver--took highway travel well, but was noisy with a few rattles, but we were on vacation (Stuff in back)and rented one to see if we were going to buy. BIGGEST PROBLEM: The car is a giant blind spot. Very hard to see comfortably through rear view and when backing-up in reverse. I was always afraid of hitting something I couldn't see. Horrible sight lines (And I can whip my Suburban in and out of places and feel I see everything around and behind me.) The blind spots made me very nervous and an uncomfortable driver (along with the cheap seats.) Expected more for price from a Toyota. Wife's Santa Fe is better made. Will look at comparable suv/crossovers, but scratching this one off of our list....read morehide
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- good fuel econ, BT w/o nav excelent. comfort, legroom
- suspension a little stiff but not enough to lower rating
i have had this suv for 2 weeks now. still breaking in the motor but able to get 20mpg so far.
decided to get this over the camry because of the 2"+ legroom.
decided to get the cloth seats a) because leather was not avaible at the time of purchase b) because the leather seats seemed closer to the ceiling when fully lowered. i am tall so being futher away from the roof is a good thing.
did not get the third row, because lets face it, average size people just wont fit. the under floor storage is far more valuable than a 3 row seat. you have to put the trailer hitch some place.
if you go with the trailer hitch see if you can a highlander the way you want with the hitch already installed. the dealer will most likely double the price of the hitch and call is a labor charge. they tried to ding me for $1250 installed. got it down to $500 since they made me wait 7 hrs in the dealership for the car to arrive. also really look closely before you accept the keys. found a few bad scratches after i got home. fortunatly the dealer was able to fix them, but they had my car longer than i did that first week. not a happy camper but at least its fixed now.
the acceleration is a lot better than i had hoped. 0-60 in 7.5 is probably an understatement. i think it gets there faster than that, but i have not really been able to clock it yet. i have not had the transmission hunting problem that i have seen others report in reviews. if i am on the freeway and hit the gas, it will drop a gear or two and take off like a rocket.
you really cannot go wrong with this suv. i know people are saying that the doors dent easy... try this. the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach CA, uses Toyota Siennas for transportation around the track, they use the Solora for pace cares and they currently use the Sion Tc for the pro Celebraty race. these cars can take a beating like no other. so you get a ding from time to time, what car dosnt. when it comes down to it though. you want something that will keep your family safe. regardless if it is a Highlander or not, you definitly want to be in a toyota if something goes wrong on the road. if the grand prix trusts them for their officials, and for the celebraties, than you can with your family. i know i do....read morehide
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