2008 toyota Highlander for Sale

2008 Toyota Highlander For Sale: If the revamped Toyota Highlander is to be successful, it has its work suited it. It needs to deliver as well as captivate youngsters, ingest cargo and also overcome snow. It should be risk-free, comfortable as well as lavish, as well as it has to do all these things without breaking the bank-- in auto repayments or at the pump. A tall order, no question, however the leading midsize SUV competitors really have actually obtained that great.

The Highlander makes the grade on all matters, though it doesn't excel in any one location. Provided it could preserve its exceptional resale value and also integrity, it must prove a smart-- otherwise especially captivating-- option for several years to find.

Base, Sporting activity as well as Limited trim degrees include front- or four-wheel drive, and all could seat five or 7, depending upon the arrangement. Costs range from about $27,000 to $40,000 with choices.

I examined all three trim degrees of the regular Highlander at a Toyota occasion in Michigan.


2008 Toyota Highlander For Sale


Edgier Designing

Toyota's California layout studios shaped the exterior, which is bigger in all significant dimensions than the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller sized RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with simply adequate contours to balance out the angles. With its creased fronts lights, flashy grille and characterless bumper, the Highlander appears a little bit as well slick-- like a corner store buyer who will not remove his sunglasses.

The back bumper has dimpled reflectors on each side, as well as most trim levels have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are basic; the Sporting activity as well as Limited have 19-inchers that fill in the wheel wells perfectly. The Sport has a dark silver grille as well as smoked-out headlights. The Limited has plainer fronts lights and also chrome exterior moldings.

At 188.4 inches long as well as 75.2 inches wide, the Highlander casts roughly the same shadow as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and Saturn Overview are both about a foot longer.

The Inside

Toyota has actually invested years building a credibility for high quality, as well as lacking any type of significant competitors, the brand-new Highlander might have kept that requirement. The competition is absolutely nothing otherwise severe, however, as well as SUVs like the CX-9 as well as Veracruz boast some remarkably high end insides. In comparison, Toyota falls a little bit short.

The Highlander shares bases with the existing Camry, as well as the dashboard bears much of the car's taste. The center controls are the all-natural centerpiece, with oversized knobs for significant features within easy reach. Sport and also Limited designs have a 3.5-inch display atop the stereo. It displays gas mileage, outside temperature level and also even more. It also shows setups for the optional automatic environment control system, which can split the cabin into as numerous as 3 temperature areas-- 2 front and also one back. The climate manages sit below the stereo, and they're terribly cluttered. I counted 13 switches between both temperature level handles; that's a great deal of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. In contrast, the standard manual air conditioning is simple.

Cabin quality is merely ordinary. The home window switches over, turn signals as well as center controls might go straight right into a Lexus, and also the chrome accents and electroluminescent determines appearance great. Most locations are cut in tough plastics, however, and also the structures do not have the allure of the stuff in a number of rivals. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is a few of the cheapest mouse fur this side of an economy automobile.

Parents will value the storage space alternatives. The center console between the front seats has 4 cupholders as well as a large storage space container. Neglect laptop computers; the glove box can fit a little computer. (Most likely not the display, however-- allow's not obtain carried away.).

Three typical rows of seats fit as much as 7, though you could drop the third row in order to save a little cash, reducing sitting capacity to five. The pole positions offer plenty of room, with a method extender in the Highlander Limited that extends the pillow under the driver's thighs. Great touch.

The second row is just as wide, with reclining back-rests and seat paddings that readjust backward and forward. The center seat has Toyota's new Center Stow function. It's essentially a dive seat, which travelers can switch for a plastic center console, turning the second row right into two captain's chairs. The extra portion-- either the middle seat or console-- stores in a floor compartment between the pole positions. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the change in around 25 seconds.

The dive seat is light sufficient for simple installment. Its comfort is hit and miss, even for a center seat; the bottom cushion is significant, however I could quickly feel the joints underneath the back-rest padding. The plastic console is lighter still, as well as both items have strong installment hooks that ought to make it through plenty of thrashing from overenthusiastic children.

Relying on where the 2nd row is placed, the 3rd row can be remarkably adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high and also discovered clearance a little bit tight, but with the 2nd row moved forward a few inches-- preserving plenty of legroom for the majority of grownups-- the third row's legroom was such that I could tolerate a brief journey.

Larger Engine, Better Mileage

All Highlanders obtain the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna and also several various other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horsepower as well as 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are significant gains over in 2015's V-6, that made 215 hp and also 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is standard. In 2014's base four-cylinder engine has been dropped.

Velocity is adequate off the line and stronger as the engine revs. The transmission aids points along, holding equipments as well as hardly ever shifting too soon. Tough velocity could prompt some sudden shifts among reduced equipments-- much better for acceleration, worse for comfort-- however a lot of the moment the changes are smooth sufficient to pass unseen. The drivetrain really feels ideal on the highway, where it downshifts with minimal gear searching. Third gear is specifically powerful for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing.

The optional 4x4 is transparent to the chauffeur. It incorporates a center differential to divide power 50/50 in between the front and also rear wheels all the time. Four-wheel-drive designs have a downhill aid function. Press a dashboard button, and also it will certainly slow down the SUV to a crawl down high grades. The function appears a bit disingenuous: There is no low gear for offroad rock crawling, which implies you ought to most likely avoid anywhere treacherous sufficient to call for the downhill assist.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for up to three seconds from a stop to avoid the SUV from rolling backward before you have time to strike the gas.

Making use of the EPA's even more reasonable 2008 ranking system-- which typically results in decrease numbers-- gas mileage is ranked at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive versions and 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These rankings lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They likewise beat the old V-6 Highlander by about 1 mpg (readjusted utilizing the EPA's new calculation)-- an outstanding task, offered the brand-new Highlander has even more power and also considers some 300 extra pounds more. (Four-cylinder followers will not miss out on much: The old four-cylinder Highlander obtained simply 1 mpg greater than the brand-new one makes with the V-6.).

Flight & Handling

The unibody building and construction affords a comfortable ride, with none of the underbody shimmying that tormented the previous Highlander (which was likewise unibody) and numerous body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, yet I couldn't find a difference in flight firmness among the base, Sport and also Limited. All three have a little bit a lot more suspension noise over significant bumps than I've concerned anticipate in a midsize SUV.

Wind noise is minimal. Provided a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are fairly silent. The Sport and also Limited's 19-inch wheels and P245/55R19 tires release a small hum at freeway speeds, which I could not identify with the base model's 17-inchers and also thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All models now have electric power guiding. These systems conserve a little bit on fuel consumption-- a bit of low-hanging fruit to fulfill the federal government's gas economic situation standards, I believe-- but they often cause drab, man-made steering feel. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never supplying a lot in the way of responses or turning accuracy. The CX-9 fares much better in this regard, yet couple of other competitors stand out. The exact same is true for body roll: Like the majority of SUVs, the Highlander leans away in contours, advising drivers it's not to be collared rapidly.

Four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes are common. The pedal supplies mushy action, however the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Freight & Towing

With all three rows set up and also elevated, freight area in back is a weak 10.3 cubic feet. The 3rd row folds up level right into the floor, as well as the second row folds up almost flat. Highlanders without the third row rather include a rather large storage area under the back flooring.

With all seats folded, maximum freight volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which contrasts extra positively with the crowd.

When effectively furnished, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Safety.

In Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Security frontal collision tests, the 2008 Highlander scored the highest possible score, Excellent. IIHS has not tested the Highlander for side influences.

Toyota really did not skimp on safety functions. All Highlanders come basic with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and a digital stability system. The stability system currently collaborates with the electric power steering, which increases the power help when the driver is guiding to correct a skid. It likewise aids battle steering pull under difficult braking to help the Highlander drop in a straight line. (Toyota says the system can not steer the SUV on its own, as some sophisticated systems currently do, so if you steer the upside-down in a skid, do not expect any type of additional power help.).

Seven airbags are typical, including the called for dual front airbags, a chauffeur's knee air bag and also side-impact airbags for the pole positions. There are also roll-sensing side drape air bags for all 3 rows, which deploy during a rollover to avoid resident ejection.

All seats have head restraints, and also in Sport and also Limited designs, the front ones are forward-adjustable for better whiplash protection. Active head restrictions are typical on the front seats of all trims. The 2nd row includes Latch child-seat anchors in the outboard seats, with easily accessible top-tether anchors midway down the seatback.

Attributes & Prices

Leaving out the location charge, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive starts at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete collection of alternatives runs around $42,000. Four-wheel drive on any trim adds about $1,500. All trim degrees include 3 rows of seats, though a third-row erase alternative on specific designs can save $740.

-For $27,300, the base Highlander features 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a CD stereo with a complementary MP3 jack, a/c, cruise control, and power home windows, mirrors and also door locks.
-For $29,950, the Sport adds darkened outside components, 19-inch wheels, haze lights, a power chauffeur's seat, a multifunction steering wheel, a back-up camera and also six-CD sound.
-For $32,700, the Restricted includes a keyless startup system, automated climate control, natural leather upholstery and a power passenger seat. A number of these functions are optional on the Sporting activity. Alternatives on both trim degrees consist of a navigating system, JBL costs audio, a backseat DVD player, a moonroof, a power tailgate and warmed front seats.

Highlander on the market

Competitors from GM, Mazda as well as Hyundai will provide the Highlander a run for its loan. Its largest opponent, the Honda Pilot, schedules for a redesign in the following year or more, and also Toyota's ace in the hole-- its reputation for top quality and also integrity-- has been slipping lately. The car manufacturer has vowed to enhance its initiatives, and its most recent SUV has to confirm that.

The new Highlander has great deals of textbook sensibilities, like suitable gas mileage as well as tons of security functions, yet there's absolutely nothing outstanding about it. If it proves as bulletproof as its precursor, though, dependability will certainly become its defining feature, which is a book draw a lot of buyers can support.

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