2007 Toyota Highlander

Overall Score: 9.3 / 10
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2007 Toyota Highlander Overview

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Toyota Highlander was new.

The Highlander delivers one of the best combinations of reliable family transportation and safety in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize SUV, you should also consider the Nissan Murano and Honda Pilot.

SEATING


5-7

MPG


18-22

  CITY


24-28

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD,

HP


155-215
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Pros & Cons

  • Receives excellent safety scores in crash tests
  • Roomy for four to five passengers
  • Solid reliability history
  • Good on-pavement handling
  • Conservative, unoriginal styling
  • V6 model is pricey compared to most competitors
  • Optional third-row seating is very cramped for adults

Scorecard

Overall: 9.3
Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_5

The Toyota Highlander score of 9.3 out of 10 is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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2007 Toyota Highlander Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff May 2, 2008

The Highlander delivers one of the best combinations of reliable family transportation and safety in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize SUV, you should also consider the Nissan Murano and Honda Pilot.

The 2007 Toyota Highlander continues to earn overall praise based on its outstanding safety features and strong reliability. While Kelley Blue Book notes that the Highlander is "one of the most popular crossover SUV's on the market," it is also becoming an outdated design. A new edition of the Highlander is being introduced for the 2008 model year.

Few would argue with Cars.com's belief that the 2007 Highlander "promises SUV versatility combined with carlike ride and handling." Edmunds takes the car comparison a step further, and recommends that buyers "think of the Highlander as an elevated, oversize Camry wagon dressed for the great outdoors, and you've got the general idea." A main attraction of this SUV is the passenger space. MSN says, "More families are likely to be drawn to the Highlander," thanks to its third-row seat option (unavailable when the Highlander was introduced in 2001). However, the third row is often criticized for being too cramped for adults.

Toyota offers many interior, exterior and safety option packages, but adding options can significantly add to the Highlander's price tag. IntelliChoice gives the 2007 base Highlander a rating of "excellent" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class. In terms of value, Kelley Blue Book expects the Highlander to be "the segment leader, bettering such models as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hummer H3, Jeep Compass and Ford Escape."

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