2008 toyota Highlander Limited

2008 toyota Highlander Limited: If the revamped Toyota Highlander is to do well, it has its work suited it. It should transfer as well as amuse young people, ingest freight and also dominate snow. It needs to be secure, comfortable and also lavish, and it has to do all these points without breaking the financial institution-- in automobile settlements or at the pump. A tall order, no doubt, but the leading midsize SUV competitors actually have actually gotten that great.

The Highlander qualifies on all matters, though it does not master any one area. Given it can maintain its exceptional resale value and also dependability, it must confirm a clever-- if not especially fascinating-- option for years to come.

Base, Sport and also Limited trim levels include front- or 4x4, and all can seat 5 or seven, relying on the configuration. Rates vary from roughly $27,000 to $40,000 with alternatives.

I checked all 3 trim levels of the routine Highlander at a Toyota event in Michigan.

2008 toyota Highlander Limited

Edgier Designing

Toyota's The golden state design workshops shaped the outside, which is bigger in all significant dimensions compared to the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller sized RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with just sufficient curves to offset the angles. With its creased fronts lights, showy grille as well as amorphous bumper, the Highlander appears a bit as well slick-- like a corner store consumer that won't take off his sunglasses.

The rear bumper has lumpy reflectors on each side, and also a lot of trim degrees have a glass hatch that opens independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are basic; the Sporting activity and Limited have 19-inchers that submit the wheel wells well. The Sporting activity has a dark silver grille and smoked-out fronts lights. The Limited has plainer fronts lights and chrome exterior moldings.

At 188.4 inches long as well as 75.2 inches broad, the Highlander casts approximately the exact same darkness as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and also Saturn Expectation are both regarding a foot longer.

The Within

Toyota has invested years developing a credibility for quality, as well as lacking any kind of major competitors, the brand-new Highlander could have maintained that criterion. The competitors is nothing otherwise major, however, as well as SUVs like the CX-9 as well as Veracruz boast some remarkably upscale insides. In comparison, Toyota falls a bit brief.

The Highlander shares underpinnings with the existing Camry, as well as the dashboard births much of the sedan's taste. The facility controls are the natural focal point, with extra-large knobs for significant functions within easy reach. Sporting activity and Limited models have a 3.5-inch display atop the stereo. It displays gas mileage, outside temperature and also even more. It likewise shows settings for the optional automatic environment control system, which could divide the cabin right into as many as three temperature zones-- 2 front and one back. The climate controls sit below the stereo, and also they're very chaotic. I counted 13 buttons between both temperature handles; that's a lot of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. On the other hand, the basic hands-on cooling is simple.

Cabin quality is simply typical. The window changes, turn signals and also center controls could go straight right into a Lexus, and the chrome accents and also electroluminescent gauges appearance fantastic. Many areas are trimmed in hard plastics, nevertheless, and the appearances do not have the allure of the stuff in numerous competitors. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is a few of the cheapest mouse fur this side of an economic situation auto.

Moms and dads will certainly appreciate the storage alternatives. The center console in between the pole positions has four cupholders and also a vast storage bin. Neglect laptop computers; the handwear cover box might fit a small computer. (Possibly not the monitor, though-- let's not obtain carried away.).

Three basic rows of seats fit approximately seven, though you can go down the 3rd row in order to save a little cash, reducing sitting capability to 5. The pole positions supply lots of room, with a method extender in the Highlander Limited that prolongs the cushion under the vehicle driver's upper legs. Nice touch.

The 2nd row is equally commodious, with reclining backrests and seat paddings that adjust backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's new Facility Stow function. It's basically a jump seat, which guests can swap for a plastic center console, transforming the second row right into two captain's chairs. The unused portion-- either the center seat or console-- stores in a flooring compartment between the pole positions. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the modification in around 25 seconds.

The dive seat is light enough for simple installation. Its convenience is hit and miss, even for a center seat; the bottom padding is substantial, yet I might conveniently really feel the joints beneath the back-rest extra padding. The plastic console is lighter still, and also both pieces have sturdy installation hooks that need to endure plenty of knocking from overenthusiastic youngsters.

Depending upon where the second row is positioned, the 3rd row can be surprisingly adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet tall and also located headroom a little bit tight, yet with the second row moved forward a few inches-- maintaining a lot of legroom for the majority of adults-- the 3rd row's legroom was such that I can tolerate a brief trip.

Bigger Engine, Better Mileage

All Highlanders obtain the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna as well as several other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horse power and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are considerable gains over in 2014's V-6, which made 215 hp and also 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. In 2015's base four-cylinder engine has actually been dropped.

Acceleration is adequate off the line as well as more powerful as the engine revs. The transmission aids things along, holding gears and also rarely moving too soon. Tough velocity could trigger some abrupt changes among reduced equipments-- better for velocity, even worse for convenience-- yet a lot of the moment the changes are smooth adequate to pass undiscovered. The drivetrain feels best on the highway, where it downshifts with very little equipment hunting. 3rd equipment is especially powerful for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing.

The optional four-wheel drive is transparent to the vehicle driver. It integrates a facility differential to split power 50/50 between the front and also back wheels all of the time. Four-wheel-drive designs have a downhill assist feature. Press a control panel switch, as well as it will certainly slow the SUV to a crawl down high grades. The attribute appears a little bit insincere: There is no low gear for offroad rock crawling, which suggests you ought to possibly stay clear of anywhere treacherous adequate to require the downhill aid.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for as much as 3 seconds from a quit to stop the SUV from rolling backward prior to you have time to strike the gas.

Using the EPA's more reasonable 2008 rating system-- which usually causes reduce numbers-- gas mileage is ranked at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive models as well as 17/23 mpg for those with 4x4. These scores lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They additionally defeated the old V-6 Highlander by around 1 mpg (readjusted using the EPA's brand-new computation)-- a remarkable feat, given the brand-new Highlander has even more power as well as weighs some 300 pounds a lot more. (Four-cylinder followers won't miss much: The old four-cylinder Highlander obtained simply 1 mpg greater than the new one performs with the V-6.).

Trip & Handling

The unibody building and construction pays for a comfortable ride, with none of the underbody vibrating that pestered the previous Highlander (which was likewise unibody) and also many body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sport, but I could not detect a difference in trip firmness among the base, Sporting activity as well as Limited. All three have a bit a lot more suspension sound over significant bumps than I've concerned expect in a midsize SUV.

Wind sound is minimal. Given a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are reasonably peaceful. The Sporting activity and Limited's 19-inch wheels as well as P245/55R19 tires release a small hum at freeway speeds, which I could not detect with the base design's 17-inchers and also thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All designs now feature electrical power steering. These systems save a little bit on fuel usage-- a little low-hanging fruit to fulfill the federal government's fuel economic climate standards, I suspect-- however they typically lead to drab, fabricated guiding feel. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never delivering a lot in the way of comments or transforming accuracy. The CX-9 fares much better here, yet couple of various other competitors attract attention. The same is true for body roll: Like many SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, advising vehicle drivers it's not to be collared quickly.

Four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes are basic. The pedal supplies squishy response, but the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Freight & Towing

With all 3 rows installed and also elevated, cargo room in back is a weak 10.3 cubic feet. The 3rd row folds up level right into the flooring, as well as the 2nd row folds up almost level. Highlanders without the third row instead consist of a fairly big storage location under the rear floor.

With all seats folded, maximum cargo quantity is 95.4 cubic feet, which compares a lot more positively with the group.

When effectively outfitted, the Highlander can tow as much as 5,000 extra pounds.

In Insurance Institute for Freeway Security frontal accident tests, the 2008 Highlander scored the highest score, Excellent. IIHS has actually not tested the Highlander for side effects.

Toyota really did not stint safety functions. All Highlanders come typical with four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes, traction control as well as an electronic security system. The security system now collaborates with the electric power steering, which enhances the power assist when the motorist is steering to correct a skid. It likewise aids fight steering pull under tough braking to assist the Highlander drop in a straight line. (Toyota says the system could not guide the SUV on its own, as some advanced systems currently do, so if you guide the wrong way in a skid, don't expect any additional power aid.).

Seven air bags are typical, consisting of the required dual front air bags, a motorist's knee air bag and also side-impact air bags for the front seats. There are also roll-sensing side curtain air bags for all 3 rows, which deploy throughout a rollover to avoid passenger ejection.

All seats have head restraints, as well as in Sporting activity as well as Limited models, the front ones are forward-adjustable for better whiplash protection. Energetic head restraints are conventional on the front seats of all trims. The 2nd row consists of Latch child-seat anchors in the outboard seats, with easily accessible top-tether anchors midway down the seatback.

Features & Prices

Omitting the destination charge, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive begins at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete bevy of options playings around $42,000. Four-wheel drive on any type of trim adds concerning $1,500. All trim degrees come with 3 rows of seats, though a third-row remove choice on particular versions could conserve $740.

-For $27,300, the base Highlander has 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a CD stereo with a complementary MP3 jack, a/c, cruise control, and power windows, mirrors as well as door locks.
-For $29,950, the Sporting activity includes dark exterior elements, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a power chauffeur's seat, a multifunction steering wheel, a backup electronic camera and six-CD sound.
-For $32,700, the Minimal includes a keyless start-up system, automated environment control, natural leather upholstery and also a power guest seat. A lot of these functions are optional on the Sporting activity. Options on both trim degrees consist of a navigation system, JBL costs sound, a rear seat DVD gamer, a moonroof, a power tailgate and also heated pole positions.

Highlander in the marketplace

Rivals from GM, Mazda as well as Hyundai will certainly provide the Highlander a run for its cash. Its biggest opponent, the Honda Pilot, is due for a redesign in the following year or two, and also Toyota's trump card-- its track record for top quality as well as integrity-- has actually been slipping recently. The automaker has actually vowed to redouble its initiatives, as well as its most recent SUV should prove that.

The brand-new Highlander has lots of textbook sensibilities, like good gas mileage as well as lots of security functions, however there's nothing phenomenal regarding it. If it confirms as bulletproof as its precursor, however, stability will become its specifying attribute, which is a textbook draw a great deal of buyers could get behind.