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2003 Toyota Highlander

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 21/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2003 Toyota Highlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 848 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

The car is reliable, comfortable and secure.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I agree."

Cons: "Very good."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It hasn't had any accident since I purchased. It's clean and no rust. Never had any mechanic problem while driving."

True friend

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 265,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great sturdy car, Great Visibility and mileage"

Cons: "The A/C seems to be a problem with Highlanders."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I originally bought the car in a state where I didn't need 4WD, having said that, now that I live in a snow state the car has handled quite well as long as I have had good all season tires on. Usually I'll buy them just before the winter hits. In 10 years I have added 265,000 + miles and it's still going strong. I've only had two problems with it. One is the back axle was bent (still not sure how that happened) so I got lifetime alignment for it where I purchase my tires so that has been a great investment. And the other problem has been when the AC is on, there is a rattling noise. The mechanics that looked it over all seem to have just fixed a highlander with the same problem. But if those are my only problems I am totally happy with it. I have never had other issues with it. And after 10 years, I still can't part ways with it. Maybe when I pay off my spouses car I may look into another Highlander, but I hope to have this car for many more years to come."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2007 Highlander Sport

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,903

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "suspension-needed new struts-everything else great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love the 3.3 engine, easy to utilize roof-rack w/cross beams, flat lay-down 3rd seat for awesome hauling capability. All the seats are very comfortable and easily accessible to get in/out. Even after 8 years shines up great. Only additions was replacing struts @45k miles. Drives fantastic with honest 17.8mph city/22.5-24mpg regular gas :) Brakes look suffice and tows boat well with no increase in water temperature BUT IF I took it over 100 miles w/heavy boat I would definitely add oil cooler (just in case???). Traveling in bright sun, snow, wind/rain-NO problem as it tracks very well. SO, yea, I do enjoy it! (Last vehicle: Land Cruiser and Tornado."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2003 Toyota Highlander - Best car have ever had.

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,580

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good price for great looking car, also spacious!"

Cons: "Old, but has been extremely reliable!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2003 Toyota Highlander-Blue exterior with beige interior. Good price for Spacious-Distinctive-Sporty looking car. Good condition with minor wear and tear. Last 6 years used mainly for in-city driving. Most maintenance records available. New radiator & thermostat October 2015.... CAR IS NO LONGER NEEDED!....$6,700"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Sweet Compromise

By on Thursday, December 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride height, ground clearance, storage, comfort"

Cons: "not much."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"170,000 miles of doing nearly everything right is what you get with the Highlander. I've owned (in order) 72 Corolla, 72 FJ40, 82 FJ60, 85 Camry, 90 Tacoma, 99 4Runner, 99 Camry and now this 05 Highlander. Others did certain things better but for a family hauler, vacation car, surf ride, this does it all great. Here are the things I would fix if I could. The void in between the seats could be better utilized with some design changes. the 3rd row seatbelts kind of hang there in the back. You can clip them in but that system is surprisingly difficult and not user friendly. The roof rack is serviceable but I probably need to add aftermarket Thule or Yakima bars to keep the load of surfboards/paddleboards from yawing foward and back. No lost loads, but much less stable than I like. The flex the factory bars have is to blame. Things I love: Ride height Ground clearance (not 4Runner levels but more than is normally needed. Storage capacity. Big enough to fit most dining tables and desks in the back. Reclining back seats...so cool. AC works great. Generally reliable. Not 85 camry levels but next best on the toyota list."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever..

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,647

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "long lasting vehicle"

Cons: "can be pricy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Toyota vehicle has lasted for yrs and many miles. The quality of a Toyota vehicle is superior to all other manufacturers. With regular maintenance, the vehicle can last a lifetime."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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