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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 New for 2007

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 855 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 reliability, drives like a car not a truck

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car, needs some minor repair inerior and out"

Cons: ""I never had one, great, reliable car.""

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

""At 96,000 miles nothing has failed on this SUV. Regular maintenance has been done, e.g. every 5,000 mile oil changes, gas filters, etc., and it has never let me down. I have almost all receipts for work done on the car, through yearly inspections. New tires, brakes and calipers, done 2016."

Have been told this car is good for many more mile

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 212,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "At the time I felt it was too expensive."

Cons: "See above review;"

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

"I bought this car new because I had been impressed with overall quality and function of Toyota vehicles. This vehicle has curb appeal and some luxury features such as moon roof, automatic garage door opener, leather interior, excellent sound system, sporty look (back spoiler, sporty running board, quick acceleration, ease for 5' tall short legs to enter and exit) and I loved the convenience for loading cargo using the hatchback. It was my first SUV having driven 4-door sedans (Mercury Marquis, early model Toyota Cressida, Camry, Chevys, Toyota Corolla and my husband's Chevrolet Suburbans or GM Yukons). I was dissatisfied with cup holders cheaply designed and positioned between the front seats, and had hoped for better gas mileage."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The most trouble free car I have owned

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Smooth, strong, quiet and trouble free"

Cons: "Could have used more power outlets in the back."

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

"I am a Toyota technician for the past 20+ years so I see it all. Lack of maintenance through kids abusing vehicles. This model 2003 Highlander V6 Limited, has almost no recalls and/or issues. I have 225,000 miles on mine and I have kept the maintenance up regularly. It has never left me on the side of the road or given me an ounce of trouble. Only things I have had to replace over time were the B1S1 and B2S1 (A/F oxygen sensors) and the temp control blend door servo. I haven't had to repeatedly replace them either. I would recommend this model to anyone looking for a midsize SUV with decent HP. I will say the allwheel drive models are heavier and you can feel it when driving them."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

best car ever had I'm 62yr old

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,453

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great for night problem driving"

Cons: "cassete tape is kinda out dated"

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

"Bought used at dealer in florida car had 113k miles and I paid $13k for it and may have found deal but I liked the car. Three 1/2 yr latter i'm putting my first money into it which is simply the car battery! It runs great,smooth ride, I LOVE all the window space to look out for other cars. Its great I can put my dogs in the back, or lots of groceries. I've even slept VERY COMFORTABLY with plenty of room in the back. It now has $126,400 miles which Kelly book says is above average. I hear the car can go 200k miles and i'm not selling until it starts costing too much $ to keep it- I LOVE IT gas mileage not so great but its a suv and its really not so bad avg 20mpg it now has 126,455 miles was 113k miles 3 1/2 yr ago"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great vehicle,very comfortable well balanced suv

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

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: "awesome reliability, a joy to drive"

Cons: "none to mention"

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

"owned for about 16months now, have put about 16K on it, have No complaints about this Highlander. Drives Great runs good,very comfortable well laid out and gets about 20 mpg, wouldn't mind better, but not bad for a all wheel drive suv. 148K and still like a 2yr old truck"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Just sold my 2004 Highlander today

By on Saturday, March 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,000

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: "reliable, perfect size, good body integrity."

Cons: "upolstery gets dirty easily, air conditioning"

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

"Just sold my beloved friend today. Getting a new one after 12 great, problem free years. Been very happy with the car, but things are starting to happen at this point, and the car is starting to show its age. I almost feel like a traitor, the car has been good to us through thick and thin. With us, it made it to 196,000 miles, and hopefully will go many more with its new owners. I only hope the new Highlander is as reliable and friendly."

20 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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