2007 Toyota Highlander

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2007 Toyota Highlander Review

Reliable crossover SUV without all the flash and fun of the competitors.

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Overview

The 2007 Toyota Highlander is a midsize crossover SUV that offers a roomy interior, Toyota reliability, and impressive safety equipment and ratings. Seating up to five in its two rows of seats, this year brings an optional third row seat, which is standard on the Limited trim, that is better suited for children. The Toyota Highlander comes in three trim levels: Base, Sport, and Limited. Base models have a standard 2.4-liter 155-hp four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. A 3.6-liter 215-hp V-6 engine is optional on the Base as is a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sport and Limited models come with a standard 3.6-liter 215-hp V-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. All of the trim levels can get front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), regardless of engine choice.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Highlander, Toyota Highlander Sport, Toyota Highlander Limited

What's New

The 2007 Toyota Highlander now includes side curtain airbags for the first two rows of seating as well as front-seat side airbags.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2007 Toyota Highlander is a bit boxy, and looks more like a grown-up station wagon than it does a rugged SUV. The rear doors access the second- and third-row seating. The rear liftgate can access the cargo area behind the seats. The Highlander has a 106.9-inch wheelbase, and an overall length of 184.6 inches.

Standard equipment on the Base model includes 16-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, intermittent rear wiper, and auto delay off headlights. The Sport model adds the following standard equipment: 17-inch polished alloy wheels and foglights. The Limited adds the following standard equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and roof rack. Optional equipment includes a sunroof.

Interior

The 2007 Toyota Highlander’s interior is comfortable and spacious, and seats five. If it’s equipped with third-row seating (bring passenger capacity to seven), getting in and out of the seats is made more difficult by the second-row seats that don’t flip out of the way (though they do have a 60/40 split fold). The third-row seat fits two children, there’s not enough legroom for adults. The third-row seat also folds into the floor, providing 39.7 cu ft. of cargo space. When both the second- and third-row seats are stowed, cargo capacity stretches to 80.6 cu ft. The gauges and controls are well-placed and are simple to use. Overall, the interior is practical, and offers a quiet refuge from road noise.

Standard equipment on the Base model includes power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, driver seat with height adjustment, cloth upholstery, captain’s chair front seats, split-folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, rear ventilation ducts, front and overhead consoles with storage, 12-volt power outlets, air filtration, air conditioning, tachometer, and AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. The Sport model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions. The Limited adds the following standard equipment: four-way power passenger seat, manual folding third-row seat, rear heater unit, automatic climate control, leather/wood-tone interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, trip computer, external temperature display, and JBL premium audio system with AM/FM/CD, eight speakers, and radio data system. Optional equipment includes leather upholstery, in-dash 6-CD changer, and a rear seat DVD entertainment system. The Limited model has an optional navigation system with LCD display screen.

Performance & Handling

The Highlander offers reliable performance and handling. Acceleration is brisk, and steering and braking are both responsive. If you live in an area that has snow- or ice-covered roads, you’ll appreciate the performance of AWD.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2007 Toyota Highlander includes four-wheel ABS with braking assist, tire pressure monitoring, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags for first and second row passengers, stability control, and traction control. In government tests, the Highlander scored five out of five stars for frontal-impact crashes, and five stars for side-impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Highlander two-wheel drive, four-cylinder: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Toyota Highlander two-wheel drive: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Toyota Highlander all-wheel drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine options
  • Handling
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Third-row legroom
  • Pricey options

Sum Up

Reliable crossover SUV without all the flash and fun of the competitors.

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