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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 786 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

one of the best overall vehicles I have ever owned

By on Saturday, December 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "see above"

Cons: "little or no reason not to like it"

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

"It combines comfort, reliability, performance and quality which would be hard to beat. I have now owned it for over 9 years with little or no trouble at all. Decent power and roadability make it an overall winner, plus it has consistently been rated a top value vehicle by all of the rating agencies."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "None"

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

"I bought the Highlander new. Other than oil change, tires, etc I have put no money for repairs into the car. Reliability is excellent. My next car will be a Highlander or one of their other SUVs. I am 100% satisfied."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Overall good vehicle

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, safe, tough, good price"

Cons: "Soccer mom vehicle, not fun to drive"

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

"I have owned this vehicle since 2009. This car starts every time I turn the key, and it is almost unstoppable in bad weather. The AWD system works great, no mods are necessary to make this thing ready for rain, sleet, snow, mud, dirt or pavement. The only things I've had to do to this SUV is change the brakes, tires, light bulbs, and an O2 sensor. All pretty normal for an eleven year old car. The worst thing about this SUV is it looks sooo bad. So much ugly on this car. More ugly on this car than a Rolling Stones group photo. The design is just hideous. The driver seat doesn't go back far enough for me. I'm 6 feet tall and I feel cramped in it. Every time I get in it I try to put the seat back further, just hoping my wife got in it and moved the seat up a little. I also wish there was a little more cargo room, not much more, but just an extra two or three inches in the rear. It does have some pretty handy storage areas though. I've driven this car across the country 3 times and wouldn't hesitate to jump in a go again. Very reliable, and safe. Fuel mileage isn't bad for what it is, I average around 23. When staying on the interstate and driving "nicely" I average closer to 28, unless I'm passing through mountains. City MPG is closer to 18ish."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

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"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 12 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."

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