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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 783 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

best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliable, cost efficient, great drive"

Cons: "none"

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

"Purchased this car from original owner with 61000 miles. It has been the best, most dependable car I have ever owned. It is hybrid and averages over 25mpg consistently. I am looking for a newer used one now"

Best Vehicle I ever owned

By on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Purchase a 2015 Highlander

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, Handling, Styling, low maintenance"

Cons: "None"

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

"I purchased this car new in 2001. I purchased the Limited, V6, AWD version. Handled exceptionally, with plenty of room and the reliability is out of this world. The only major maintenance cost was replacement of the timing belt at the recommended ~100,000 miles but even that was only a few hundred at the dealer. Aside from tires and brake pads it has been absolutely trouble free. I sold it with 159,000 miles on it and I knew it easily had that many more trouble free miles left in it. Still drove like new and handled much much better than any SUV I have ever ridden in. Can't say enough good things about this vehicle. I sold it to a friend of mine, who I know will be very happy with it for many years to come."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

love this vehicle

By on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,500

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun and easy to drive."

Cons: "could use more and larger storage spaces."

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

"This vehicle is very roomy, comfortable, and very easy to drive. It has a short turn radius which makes maneuvers in tight places very easy to do."

Outstanding SUV, reliable, comfortable and SOLID

By on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, drive, comfort, style and overall cla"

Cons: "None"

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

2001 Highlander Limited with 250,000 miles1

"I purchased this Highlanded (Limited) back in 2001 and have been the only owner. This is HANDS DOWN THE BEST vehicle I have ever owned! Toyota hit a Home Run with the Highlander. I have driven this Highlander 250,000 miles and it is Rock Solid! The 4WD drive is unequalled and the interior is spacious, quite and well designed. Mechanically this car is very impressive. You don't know the 6 cylinder engine is running. NO Major Mechanical peoblems, EVER! Original exhaust system is still in place after 14 years in rugged PA climate! Original Full Size spare tire has never been used. Let's see GM, FORD or Chrysler top that!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2001 Highlander Limited with 250,000 miles1

It just keeps ticking

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"have had this car for 14 years. Have done recommended maintenance and it's still as tight as new. Planning a 2000 mile road trip next year and expect no problems. Shocks and rear brakes are original."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

incredible SUV to own

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "VERY reliable!"

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

"Bought new. Has never broken down in all these years, and as a mother of 3 children, can't say enough how much that means to me! The only issue I have had is with the air conditioner, but was not an emergency to fix so I am still thrilled. Get 18.8 mpg city, but I wonder if stupid ethanol in gas contributed to this, as I was getting more until they started adding it to all gas."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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