2003 Toyota Highlander Overview


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Avg. Price: $8,002
Base 4WD
Avg. Price: $7,485
Base V6
Avg. Price: $7,953
Base V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $8,781
Limited V6
Avg. Price: $8,445
Limited V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $8,684

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4.65 stars

Based on 7 reviews

Great Car by ladyace1221
 — •Performance - acceleration, braking, handling - Great for an SUV •Build Quality - needed no major repairs - only regular maintenance, squeaks/rattles - there are NONE •Appearance - both interior and ... Read More
Toyota Highlander, Nicest Vehicle I've Ever Owned. by Anthony
 — Marta and I bought this used last year. We absolutely love it. It's amazing in the snow, comfortable for 5, has a very quiet yet powerful motor, and all the toys you need. I work out of it and find... Read More
This Car Is Awesome!! by Mari
 — The handling, acceleration and the fuel efficiency of this car are awesome. The car is comfortable and reliable!! is an SUV that you can trust your family to be safe in. The maintanance of the car ... Read More

2003 Toyota Highlander Overview

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Based on 7 reviews

2003 Toyota Highlander

Spent significant amount of time (~6 months) researching purchase of a good car for a variety of needs and weather conditions. If you are looking for a great all-around car here are some good attributes about the 2003 Highlander:
-good interior space for cargo and passengers
-great leg room for tall people
-handles well
-reliable and well built
-handles well in bad weather (no problems on highway or dirt roads from dead of summer through worst of winter)

The 2003 Toyota Highlander came as a 2WD and a 4WD, each as a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. The four-cylinder engine has 2.4 liters and 155 horsepower. The V6 has 3.0 liters and 220 horsepower. Fuel economy is about 18/22 to 22/27, depending on the engine.

Some areas I would re-evaluate if I were at Toyota:
-gas mileage is so-so (though there are limits that can be reached for a car this size and its sheer weight)
-some dashboard knobs and compartments are a bit flimsy (though this is more aesthetic than functionally limiting)
-brakes are soft compared to other cars and take some time getting used to (this may just be Toyota compared to other manufactueres in general, not sure)

Regardless, I consider this car a great buy and have had absolutely no real problems with it mechanically. Highly recommend it.


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