The 2001 Toyota Highlander represented Toyota's addition of a midsize SUV to their already existing and successful range of large and compact SUVs. Designed to appeal to families who need to transport passengers and cargo on a regular basis as well as occasionally need off road or towing capabilities, the Highlander satisfied the daily desire for a smooth and comfortable ride, a flexible cargo area and capable off road functionality.
The 2001 Highlander was available in four different configurations derived from a base model equipped with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive, and the choice of a fuel efficient 2.4 liter 4 cylinder or a more powerful 3.0 liter V6 engine. The ground clearance is relatively low, making getting in and out and loading and unloading much easier. Even so, this modest ground clearance did not hinder the Highlander's off road performance.
The overall design of this new SUV was rather conservative and bland, yet high quality materials, the reliable reputation of the manufacturer and just enough polish contributed to a family friendly feel and visual appeal.
There were no significant changes to the Highlander until the 2004 model year. The appearance of the 2004 Highlander was refreshed both inside and out and given a slightly more modern look. Comfort and convenience options such as a rear DVD entertainment system and fold flat third row seat were offered to increase both utility and passenger comfort. A tire pressure monitoring system and an electronic stability control system were part of the standard equipment package to promote safe driving. The 3.0 liter V6 engine was replaced with a more robust 3.3 liter V6 which increased the horsepower from 220 to 230.
The 2005 through 2007 model years were relatively quiet in terms of Highlander changes with the exception of a Sport trim being added to the lineup; a few additions to the standard equipment list, such as remote keyless entry and a roof rack, and a new headlight design. Overall, the Toyota Highlander is a reliable and versatile midsized SUV that responds quickly and delivers an exceptionally smooth ride.
Toyota Highlander Reviews
2012 Toyota Highlander
Available in 9 different colors, able to get 25 MPG highway and starting at $28,090 MSRP, the 2012 Toyota Highlander is sure to please most who get behind the wheel. The 2012 Highlander would be a great vehicle for the soccer mom type, or someone similar, but doesn’t have the durability to serve as a true off-road vehicle. Some of the test drivers also feel that consumers would be better off spending much less money for a used 2009 or 2010 Highlander, than to spend the base $28,090 for this year’s highlander. .
The exterior lines are soft and many consider the front end of the car to be visually unattractive, with the shortened hood. However, the grill comes standard in dark silver, with chrome accents on all models. 17” alloy wheels, a UV reducing windshield and privacy glass on all but front windows come standard on the 2012 Toyota Highlander. .
The Highlander comes with a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam, 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive engine with 187 horsepower and Dual Variable Valve Timing. However, if this doesn’t satisfy consumers, the Highlander is also available in a 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 engine with 270 ponies under the hood. more
2011 Toyota Highlander
The 2011 Toyota Highlander has been restyled slightly in order to make it stand out more from is hybrid sibling. This year, there are new designs for the hood, lights and fenders, and chrome accents on the rocker panels, while the base and SE trims come with 17-inch alloy wheels.
2010 Toyota Highlander
With retail pricing between $25,855 and $34,670, the 2010 Toyota Highlander has been engineered with the quality that only a legendary company like Toyota is capable of.
2009 Toyota Highlander
Completely new in 2008, the 2009 Toyota Highlander is just a little bigger and better still. Its strengths have been honed and enhanced to make the 2009 Highlander the best ever.
2008 Toyota Highlander
The 2008 Toyota Highlander, offered in three trim levels plus a hybrid, represents the second generation of this mid-sized SUV. Like its relative the RAV4, it has grown a bit for this model year, and is now about three inches wider and four inches longer than last year's model.
2007 Toyota Highlander
The keyword for the 2007 Toyota Highlander is "sophisticated." The Highlander is a car-based 7-passenger SUV which is offered in 5 trim levels, Base, Sport, Limited, Hybrid, and Hybrid Limited.