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2003 Toyota Highlander Ratings

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Toyota Highlander 2003
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    4/30/2003 9:54:11 AM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - Limited V6 FWD

    Pros: ride quality, best value

    Cons: none so far

    Advice: check the internet, do your homework before dealing

    just bought the car after several weeks of researching different suv's. I feel hands down that the highlander is the best value in its class. I was most impressed with the ride of the car. The acceleration of the v6 is more than enough for you typical commutes. (the V4 is no slouch, but the engine noise was notably louder compared to the V6). You'll find you get a lot for your money. Typical options include the appearance package and convenience package. I indulged and got the sunroof, for just a little bit more. The toyota dealer quoted me a price just over invoice - I would recommend getting quotes online first and being very selective in which dealers you actually visit. Let the dealers know you have done your homework. In contrast the Honda dealer (for pilot) were somewhat arrogant and very unwilling to deal. The best line from honda occurred when I inquired about a high percentage rate for the pilot. The honda guy replied 'we're honda, we don't do 0%' Again, hands down, the best bang for your buck is the toyota highlander.

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    4/9/2003 1:28:13 PM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - Base AWD

    Pros: seat height adjustment

    Cons: front cupholders

    Advice: buy it

    excellent experience

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    3/31/2003 2:53:56 PM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - Base FWD

    Pros: Handles like a car with the room of an SUV

    Cons: Brakes aren't sensitive enough

    Advice: Get options and check on line prices first

    Love my Highlander. Ratings aren't good on this becuase I can't say perfect on everything, but the one rating below goes all the way down to 80%, which isn't accurate. The seats could be more comfortable, but they are fine. Absolutely no need for a V6. The 4 cyl has plenty of power. I bought this because I wanted the comfort and room of an SUV but for regular driving. SUVs are made for off roading. They are a bumpier ride. I just need to haul my kids around. This car is awesome for that. I sit higher than cars so can see better, but this handles just like a car. It's easier to get in and out of than a car or SUV. Other reviewers talk of a flimsy center counsel. Must not be 2003. This one is fine. Only complaint is what another reviewer said...I feel like I have to put my foot through the floor to brake. It's too loose. My Chrysler Concorde is very sensitive, though, so maybe it's what you get used to. Another suggestion.....get options. You'll be happy you did. And get an online quote from a Fleet Dealer. The sticker on mine was $27,186 and I got it for $23,446. Even if you don't buy on line, take the email quotes to your dealer. They can match it. You just have to stand your ground. This is a great vehicle, and the best thing about it is that I know it will retain a good resale value. That was a huge buying factor.

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    2/26/2003 10:28:00 AM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - Limited V6 AWD

    Pros: Great Brakes

    Cons: Console in between front seats

    Advice: The versitility and styling definatley grow on you...

    Not wanting a huge gas-hog SUV, we decided to try out the moderately-sized Highlander and fell in love immediately. We always had driven cars, so the responsive handling and smooth ride were instant 'wow's' compared to the Nissan, Jeep Cherokee & 4Runner. Our vehicle has 20k on it now, and we love it like the day we bought it. Toyota has a winner with this SUV. It quickly adapts from Shopping malls to Camping at the lake.

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    2/22/2003 10:20:40 AM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - V6 FWD

    Pros: Ease of entry and fold down back seats

    Cons: Cloth seat comfort

    Advice: DO NOT PURCHASE IF YOU HAVE BACK PROBLEMS

    I spent alot of time trying to purchase what I thought would be the last vehicle I would ever own. I did my homework, including looking at recalls, performance, owner satisfaction, easy of entry for myself and disabled mother, along with reliability and manufacturers reputation. I thought I found the perfect vehicle when I purchased the 2003 Highlander V6 4x2 on January 12, 2003. Since that time I have only been able to drive it 263 miles. The seats are so uncomfortable that I am in tears after 35 miles from the pain to my right leg, neck, shoulders, arms, upper and lower back. The headrest pushes my head forward to the point of being almost on my chest and the seat is so short that it does not provide support to the right eg. I was unable to take the vehicle for an extended test drive, which would have shown that the Highlander would not be suitable for my needs. This appearently is an issue with the cloth seats, as the leather seats and headrests are better designed. Neither the dealer nor Toyota have been any help with my problem, so I am stuck with a very expensive ornament in my driveway.

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    2/5/2003 8:32:51 AM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - V6 AWD

    Pros: Roominess, comfortable interior (esp. drivers seat), sedan like ride

    Cons: No radio controls on steering wheel, CD changer only available on Limited, No outside temp. thermometer

    Advice: If you are considering this vehicle - go for it!

    I just bought my Highlander this week and I LOVE it. Definitely did a lot or research before purchasing and this vehicle can't be beat. If you are looking for a mid-size SUV with good fuel ecomony and sedan like ride - this is the one. More reasonably priced then its closest competitors. I traded in my little Suzuki Grand Vitara and I couldn't be happier. Feel much safer in this vehicle.

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    2/1/2003 6:39:27 PM

    2003 Toyota Highlander - V6 AWD

    Pros: Height and interior comfort/design; innumerable storage containers

    Cons: Limited interior color/cloth choice

    Advice: Purchase the V6; 2WD

    The Highlander rides and drives like a car but handles like an SUV,the perfect fusion for a non-offroader like me who needs plenty of space and a functional utility vehicle. I was sold after my first test drive. The exterior design grows on you, and everything else is first-class. The only drawback is the limited choice of interior colors; the exterior color I really wanted was available only in an awful yellow cloth and similar hued leather, that Toyota claims to be ivory. Very frustrating. I went with a charcoal/gray interior which is still too light for true SUV purposes.