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2008 Toyota Highlander

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2008 Toyota Highlander Review

A reliable, well-rounded sport utility vehicle that can carry a large number of passengers or a large amount of cargo and ride well on any outdoor surface.

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The 2008 Toyota Highlander is a well-rounded sport utility vehicle that has great room for passengers and solid performance capabilities. In addition, the cargo space is excellent, having the potential to haul a large amount of luggage or groceries with a capacity of 81.6 cubic feet. Moreover, the Highlander is backed by the legendary Toyota reputation of quality, reliability, and longevity. Toyota’s are known for requiring very little maintenance and lasting upwards of 200,000 miles. Few repairs are needed before 100,000 miles are reached. The Highlander Limited offers a luxury version of the SUV and comes standard with leather seats, a premium sound system, and a moonroof. While lacking some of the towing and hauling capacity of larger SUVs, the 2008 Toyota Highlander offers a balanced combination of versatility, comfort, and cargo room.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic transmission
Models: Base, Sport, Limited

What's New

The 2008 Toyota Highlander has more cargo and trunk space than in previous models.


The 2008 Toyota Highlander comes in black, blue, silver, gray, or red. The measurements are 75.2 inches wide, 68.1 inches tall, and 188.4 inches long. The front track is 64 inches, and rear track is 64.2 inches. The wheelbase is 109.8 inches, and curb length is 3979 pounds. The exterior is styling is not flashy, but rather, maintains a classic simplicity and a sleek timeless appearance. The front grille makes a statement but is not overly protruded. Overall, the exterior of the 2008 Toyota Highlander is very stylish.


The 2008 Toyota Highlander comes in three trims. The base version has a fold-flat third row seat and privacy glass, while the Sport version has an information screen and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited version has climate control and standard leather trim seats. The driving visibility is excellent with the 2008 Toyota Highlander, and the seating in this car is comfortable. Drivers of this car also like the wood trim on the console and the optional GPS navigation system with a rear-view backup camera. Other features like a rear set DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones are also available. The front head room is 40.6 inches, and front hip room is 56.7 inches. The front leg room is 43.2 inches, and front shoulder room is 59.7 inches. The rear hip room is 56.5 inches, and rear head room is 40.1 inches. The rear legroom is 38.3 inches, and rear shoulder room is 56.5 inches. The third row seats may seem a little narrow for some drivers’ tastes.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Toyota Highlander has a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 270 horsepower that produces 248 lb-ft of torque power. This powerful engine gives the car adequate speed and makes for a smooth ride. The optional four-wheel-drive system offers adequate capabilities on off-road or low traction surfaces. It rides well on tough dirt roads and the brakes work nicely. The power steering works well and the transmission allows for a good shifting of gears. The acceleration is excellent, and drivers like the decreased fuel consumption of this car. Drivers noted that they get good mileage on the car and can go a few hours without getting more gas. Other drivers said this was one of the most environmentally-friendly cars they’ve driven.


The 2008 Toyota Highlander’s safety features include airbags, child safety locks, child seat anchors, headrests, traction control, and brake assist. This car received average safety ratings, and customers were pleased with the safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Highlander: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Smooth ride
  • Cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Cost of replacing tires
  • Not enough good exterior color choices
  • Not the best center console

Sum Up

A reliable, well-rounded sport utility vehicle that can carry a large number of passengers or a large amount of cargo and ride well on any outdoor surface.

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