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2001 Toyota Highlander

2001 Toyota Highlander

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$2,153 — $8,089 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-24 MPG
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2001 Toyota Highlander Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Toyota hopes to piggyback on the success of the Lexus RX 300, a car-based sport utility vehicle, by offering its own version that is larger but less expensive. The RX 300 is the best-selling model at Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division.

With the addition of both the Highlander, which goes on sale early in 2001, and the full-size Sequoia, Toyota will have five SUVs in its lineup. Though it is larger than the truck-based 4Runner, the Highlander will slot below the 4Runner in price and above the RAV4 — a smaller car-based SUV. Toyota expects Highlander to appeal to car owners who want the look and versatility of an SUV while retaining carlike ride and handling.

Exterior
Highlander is based on the same design as the RX 300 but has a wheelbase of 107 inches and an overall length of 184 — 4 inches longer in both dimensions. Both SUVs are built on a modified Toyota Camry platform.

The lone body style is a four-door wagon with a rear liftgate. Prominent fender creases and squared-off styling instead of slanted rear roof pillars give the Highlander a different appearance.

Interior
Seating for five will include two front buckets and a split rear bench that holds three and folds for additional cargo space. As in the RX 300, the automatic transmission lever mounts at an odd angle below the dashboard but proves to be in a convenient location. Though the control layout is similar to that in the Lexus, the Highlander has different audio and climate controls.

Under the Hood
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Vehicle Overview
Toyota hopes to piggyback on the success of the Lexus RX 300, a car-based sport utility vehicle, by offering its own version that is larger but less expensive. The RX 300 is the best-selling model at Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division.

With the addition of both the Highlander, which goes on sale early in 2001, and the full-size Sequoia, Toyota will have five SUVs in its lineup. Though it is larger than the truck-based 4Runner, the Highlander will slot below the 4Runner in price and above the RAV4 — a smaller car-based SUV. Toyota expects Highlander to appeal to car owners who want the look and versatility of an SUV while retaining carlike ride and handling.

Exterior
Highlander is based on the same design as the RX 300 but has a wheelbase of 107 inches and an overall length of 184 — 4 inches longer in both dimensions. Both SUVs are built on a modified Toyota Camry platform.

The lone body style is a four-door wagon with a rear liftgate. Prominent fender creases and squared-off styling instead of slanted rear roof pillars give the Highlander a different appearance.

Interior
Seating for five will include two front buckets and a split rear bench that holds three and folds for additional cargo space. As in the RX 300, the automatic transmission lever mounts at an odd angle below the dashboard but proves to be in a convenient location. Though the control layout is similar to that in the Lexus, the Highlander has different audio and climate controls.

Under the Hood
Like the RX 300, the Highlander will be available with front-wheel drive or permanent all-wheel drive. Unlike the RX 300, which comes only with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the Highlander also will come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both engines are used in the Toyota Camry sedan and team with a four-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 produces 220 horsepower, and the four-cylinder makes 155 hp.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
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Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Can't go wrong with a Toyota!

by DLM from Tucson,AZ on December 3, 2019

This is a replacement vehicle for my college age daughter. Toyotas are famously know for dependability, I have owned quite a few. Got this one checked out by my mechanic, says it's in great shape for ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've had!

by Car guy from Washington DC on June 23, 2019

Perfect car for commuting . - reliable and safe - fun to drive and quiet - love the handling and in the snow it plows through Read full review

Safety

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The 2001 Toyota Highlander currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Highlander received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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