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2007 Toyota Highlander

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2007 Toyota Highlander Review

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The Highlander is one of the most popular crossover SUVs on the market. Built on the Toyota Camry platform, the Highlander embodies the handling and safety attributes of a car while providing the interior room and versatility of a big SUV. Although the newest version offers seating for seven, the Highlander's modest size precludes its third-row seat from prolonged adult use. We think the best iteration is the five-passenger model, which offers a good balance between people and cargo space. Although pricey, consumers will find its excellent long-term service history and high resale value make this SUV a worthy investment.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Highlander is perfect for buyers who usually find themselves in a station wagon, but would prefer the ride height and all-wheel-drive traction of an SUV. With the Highlander, you can have the best of both vehicles.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Highlander does not look like a rugged SUV, which may pose a problem for the image-conscious. V6 models can be pricey, especially when you start adding options.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, front side-impact airbags and front and second-row side-curtain airbags are standard equipment. A new Sport trim joins the line and features an upgraded exterior, 17-inch wheels and a V6 engine, while four-wheel-drive models receive a sport-tuned suspension.

Driving the Highlander

Driving Impressions Though the four-cylinder engine is certainly capable, the V6 can better deal with the added weight and power requirements of an all-wheel-drive system. The Highlander's full-time four-wheel drive is not...

designed for rugged off-road use, but it does work extremely well when encountering deep snow, mud or steep slippery roads—certainly more typical situations than actually pounding through the wilderness.

On the road the Highlander feels solid—almost tank-like. Wind and road noise are practically nonexistent and the engine emits a sweet, smooth melody as if it were almost delighted to be at your service. The only time you may experience a break in the Highlander's interior lull is if you lower only one of the rear windows. This action seems to cause a greater-than-usual amount of wind buffeting, which can be neutralized by either opening another window or venting the sunroof.

Optional Rear-Seat DVD Player
The optional rear-seat DVD player should keep the little ones happy on long road trips.

New Navigation System
A new navigation system is now optional on the Limited model.

2007 Toyota Highlander Details
2007 Toyota Highlander photo Interior

The Highlander's supportive front bucket seats have wide bottoms and a good amount of lower lumbar support. Rear-seat passengers are treated to a standard folding center armrest and large cup holders built into the rear doors. The Highlander's rear seats can be folded down to form a perfectly flat floor, a useful feature when loading long or heavy objects. When equipped with the optional third-row seat, the second-row seat includes a slide-forward feature to allow easy entry and exit. A standard center console fills the void between the front seats. The console has two large adjustable cup holders, a deep center storage area and a floor-level storage tray.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Highlander photo

The base Highlander's boxy, upright stature and absence of chrome on the grille and sides give it the appearance of a tall station wagon rather than a rough-and-tumble SUV. The Sport model adds a few more highlights, such as color-keyed grille and mudguards, chrome door handle inserts and chrome exhaust tips, giving it a racier appearance. The low step-in height allows for easy entry and exit, as well as permits easy access to the roof rack. The Highlander's long rear doors also make it easy to enter and exit the available third-row seat.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Highlander features a 2.4-liter engine, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), four-speed automatic transmission, traction control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated entry, auto-off headlamps, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD and cassette, tilt wheel, cruise control, remote keyless entry, tire pressure monitor, power windows, styled steel wheels and a rear wiper/washer. Limited models have a V6 engine, automatic air-conditioning, a five-speed automatic transmission, tonneau cover, fog lights, garage door opener, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, JBL audio, eight-way power driver's and four-way power passenger's seat, alloy wheels, wood trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls.

Optional Equipment

Options include four-wheel drive, a third-row split bench seat, leather seats, power driver's and passenger's seats, power glass moonroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, fog lights, JBL audio and DVD navigation (Limited model only).

Under the Hood

The Highlander's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is fairly perky for its size and certainly delivers impressive fuel economy. We recommend this engine to those who need to keep the price as low as possible. For those who need—or want—the added passing and merging power, the 3.3-liter V6 is the best choice. Its smooth operation and excellent low-end torque are exactly the attributes we've come to expect of Toyota engines, and it is also relatively easy on gas.

2.4-liter in-line 4
155 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (2WD), 20/25 (4WD)

3.3-liter V6
215 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
222 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 (2WD), 18/24 (4WD)

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2007 Toyota Highlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 815 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

Great small SUV for 13 yrs-will see 300,000 easily

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,878

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Perfect size, reliable, safe, good inter. features"

Cons: "Average Design, not high-styled"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"We bought this 2002 Highlander V6 AWD new, after owning 3 Camrys, because it was well-built and on a Camry chassis. This V-6 Limited AWD vehicle is efficiently designed with good cargo space, yet enough style, space, and comfort for professional use, including leather seats. Perfectly-sized, this little SUV has the quiet comfortable ride of a car rather than the ride of a small truck. 2002 is smaller than the ever-growing Highlanders of recent years, which are now way too big. This 2002 Highlander is an excellent vehicle, very reliable, safe, roomy enough for 5, comfortable in back seat as well as front. It's been a nice vehicle to transport business clients as well as great for skiing vacations, weekends in the snow, home & yard projects, along with towing & launching an 18' boat. Decent gas mileage for its weight/size at 16-26 mpg depending on Hwys or hill driving. Very easy for all ages to get in & out of "car". We love this little SUV, & believe it will drive to 300,000 mileage & beyond with continued TLC and normal regular maintenance."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Outstanding Vehicle

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought new, excellent care, Custom paint, Replaced tires Maint. thru dealership Like new vehicle, Very good engine response time."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great if you have kids with friends!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good steady vehicle"

Cons: "need upgraded music system/speakers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This vehicle is great for families with children. Loving the back third seat that converts to allow you to put a lot of things in the back."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Runs great, looks good,

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 182,111

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Runs great looks good, a little wear and tear on driver seat and front passenger seat, tires are ok."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This Vehicle runs and drives as smooth as the day

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought it NEW. Interior kept fairly clean. New weather tech floor rugs. All kind of cup holders. Rear heating"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

LOVE, LOVE this car!!!

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, great family size car."

Cons: "Can't think of any!"

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

"We have had our Highlander for almost 10 years after purchasing brand new. By far the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned! The fact that we have had it serviced every 5,000 miles since the beginning probably helped. We like the newer model but wish they would of kept the same overall size as the earlier models. We also don't like the fact that they no longer offer a 4 cylinder. We are gonna run ours into the ground and will be VERY sad when we have to eventually replace her. You don't see many used Highlanders for sale for a reason. If you just so happen come across one, make sure you scoop it up in a heartbeat!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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