The Toyota Highlander was one of the first midsize crossover sport utility vehicles. The Highlander’s car-resembling unibody design endowed it with an assortment of benefits over the Japanese vehicle maker’s more-conventional SUVs. The Highlander dampens noise better, allows passengers easier entry and exit, is safer in crash situations and handles better. Toyota fanatics describe the Highlander as an oversized Camry wagon clad for the great outdoors.
The Highlander has everything crossover SUV buyers seek, from its well-equipped interior that seats seven to its rough and strong appearance. It has a full line of handy comfort features along with roomy interior space and cargo capacity. Toyota provides Highlander passengers with such amenities as privacy glass, a unique heat system and cup holders. With the second- and third-row seats folded flat to the floor, the Highlander provides 80.6 cubic feet of storage space.
The Toyota Highlander presents a pleasant mixture of control and comfort. Although the Highlander has grown through several generations, it’s still one of the smaller, better handling, three-row family crossover SUVs.
Toyota builds the Highlander in front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. The base front-wheel drive edition is equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder power plant that generates 187 horsepower and 186 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission directs the four-cylinder engine. A strikingly proficient 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 270 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds of torque with a five-speed automatic gearbox is optional.
Car and Driver magazine honored the Toyota Highlander with its “SUV of the Year” award in 2001. The Highlander has also received perfect, five-star ratings for front- and side-impact crash tests from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
As rugged and tough as Toyota builds the Highlander, parts on the functional, family-friendly crossover will wear over time. Purchasing quality Toyota used parts and car accessories from a reliable foreign auto parts supplier like All-Import Auto Parts is the answer to Highlander owners’ replacement car parts needs.