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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 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."

3 people out of 4 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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