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best SUVi have the the 2009 honda pilot and the 2010 toyota highlander i just got well after driving the highlander i have got better miles per gallon, i also felt the the highlander has more horsepower and that it was easier to pass on the highway. the pilot looks like a box i will be selling my pilot soon. over all the highlander is a better car and drive better for me.
Pros: gas economy
Cons: no problems
Advice: great car,would recomendGreat ride,very comfortable and quite.
Cons: The Navigation System
Advice: Can't access Navigation commands when driving.. check it out b4 paying for it.Bad Nav! I need navigation the most when I'm moving in either in slow traffic areas to find alternatives or when I need to make an unforeseen stop somewhere to shop. None of us have our entire driving plans down prior to our departure. I'm ready to buy a hand held. What a waste of money.
Pros: Dual AC and 3rd row seat.
Cons: The milage stinks we are getting 15 mpg and are suppose to get 19-22mpg.
Advice: Be prepared for higher fuel cost.The handling and performance is very good states my wife who who is the primary driver and shuttles our kids to all of their functions. The third row seat is a plus for us coming from a Toyota Seinna for 5 years. It took us one month of solid research to locate a Highlander with the options that were important to us and not to have to pay for alot of additional options we did not want. The available configurations were either $35k to $42k, we finally located one with a MSRP of $33k 80 miles away. I am writing this review while sitting in Armstrong Toyota Service Department in Homestead Florida having them check out the source of the poor milage and the radio programing that was not programmed correctly (no SAT function). So far the Service Manager is telling me that I will have to drive the vehical for over 1000 miles before the engine reaches a decent average miles per gallon. I will do a follow-up at that time. I think it is untrue but will be none bias at this point.
Pros: Very quiet.
Cons: gas milage
Advice: Don't expect good gas milage.I own a 2006 highlander hybrid. When I bought the car I was told owners were reporting 40 mpg. My gas milage averages 19-22mpg. The only time my car switches to battery power is when I am stopped or coasting. On level ground I cannot accelerate to any speed, back off the gas....and maintain speed. The service dept. says nothing is wrong with my car. I have requested the regional representative inspect my car.
Pros: Sits high and good driver veiw of the road.
Cons: no lumbar support.
Advice: try it you might like it...Great ride,nice and quite, sound. handles curves with ease.good power and exceleration, braking.
Pros: Soft seats and quiet soft ride
Cons: Mushy handling at times/reports of Toyota quaility issues with transmissions and engine sludge make me nervous
Advice: Take it on some twisty turns and such to see if you would prefer sport suspensionHighlander is very comfy and quiet to drive. I like the sport suspension and reg. version is to wallowy for me. Seat comfy, get power driver seat if you can because the steering wheel is a bit too close the the dash and you need the adjustability of the power seats to get everything comfy. Car rides very well and feels solid in build. Looks classy inside to me. Handling is not super sharp, but very competent and efficient. Great visibility on all sides. Cush ride not sporty. Wish it had more cupholders up front. So far our tranny has been great, but noticed it slipped a little once on hard acceleration.