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Pros: Comfortable ride
Cons: Not having elec compass & outside temp readouts
Advice: Test drive and look at all available optionsLove at first sight. Test drive confirmed I had found exactly what I was looking for.
Pros: Cool Styling of the Highlander
Cons: Soda cans don't fit well in cup holder
Advice: Buy options when you buy the carThe car is a real beauty! The Highlander really drives like a car but sits up high. Gas mileage is really good. I purchased the 4cyl car and it is powerful enough for everyday driving. Be careful if you choose the 6cyl SUV as Super Unleaded is recommended. The car has plenty of room for passengers and for cargo. Make sure you get what ever options you want on the sales side and not the after market service side (the options will be treated as parts and are a rip-off).
Pros: The appealing design.
Cons: Maybe the cupholder
Advice: Get the options. You won't regret it.After driving the RAV4 for the past four years my wife and I decided to upgrade to the Highlander. It was a great choice. This car rates extremely high in comfort and manueverability. The price is right too.
Pros: the storage compartments
Cons: too new of a driver
Advice: buy it...you won't regret it'Wow' is the first word that comes to mind when describing the highlander. I have the 2002 v6 4wd model and am blown away with the pickup, traction and overall construction of this vehicle. Like other toyota's i've owned, every button and swicth is logically placed making it easy to learn how to operate. This car makes me look good!
Pros: The confident comfort in driving the Highlander. Safety.
Cons: Less than ideal place for cell phone or Whopper.
Advice: It has a very high potential for reliability and resale.Several weeks of first driving the Highlander in city traffic were pure joy. Having just driven the Limited AWD over 1,700 miles on 65 mph often windy interstates into remote snow swept and muddy areas of Canada, my joy now approaches ecstacy. The braking systems and skid control performed amazingly well. Now if you're into boulder busting or axle threatening military maneuvers, this is not quite what you're looking for. Still, it's tough and more than capable for taking an overly laden kid scout troop to a campsite. Lightly or fully loaded this is an equally capable and comfortable transporter for 'roughing it.' As for the driver, I'm over 6'5' and, even with the moon roof, I fit quite nicely. So too does the more than ample storage for even a fairly large flea market vendor. Grasping for negatives ... Toyota has not yet, even with the newly included center console, provided an ideal place to put a cell phone or have a good flat fast foods holding type surface. As for outside appearance (low on my list of priorities,) I wasn't much impressed at first. Many strangers oft coming over to me may be changing my mind. They seem to 'love' the way it looks. Supposedly it looks 'very cool.' Anyway, in no way do I regret this purchase. The Highlander is a wonderfully comforting multi purpose vehicle. It's features, ride and handling appear to be the ultimate currently available compromise for those looking for a safe and large capacity type station wagon. Perhaps this should be kept quiet so that most everyone isn't driving the same car?
Pros: The drivers seat its like setting in a airplane cockpit.
Cons: The Brakes
Advice: Learn the feel of the Brakes outside of that it is the best vehicle I ever ownedDrives and rides very smoothly and is great for making tight turns is narrow places. I have the V-6 and it gets great gas mileage for its size (17 mpg) around town. The side airbags are a great item to have on the Highlander makes me feel safer as I drive down the road. I also have the traction control for driving on slick roads. The Highlander is well equipped and a pleasure to drive. The Radio,CD Player & Tape player are perfect sounding and easy to play. It has quick speed when you step on the accelerator for passing. The seats are very comfortable and you can haul a lot of cargo if need be there is plenty of room in it for 5 passengers + cargo. The Highlander is as solid and built as good as any (SUV)$40,000 & up vehicle you can buy, and its reasonably priced in my book.