(4.5) 19 reviews
MSRP: $3,836$11,232
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 20-24
Engine: 160-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5-7
2004 Toyota Highlander

Our Take on the 2004 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

Introduced early in the 2001 model year, the car-based Highlander is the newest — and most popular — member of Toyota’s five-member sport utility vehicle lineup. Though it is structurally related to the more expensive Lexus RX 300, which has been replaced by the RX 330 for 2004, t... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of Low-range gearing
  • Midrange acceleration
  • Uninspired styling

Notable Features

  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available permanent 4WD
  • Distinctive control layout
  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity


Our Expert Reviews

Highlander's price stings but lives up to quality reputation Take a good look at the long list of competitors going up against the 2004 Toyota Highlander, a car-based crossover utility vehicle that's imported from Japan. With that in mind, it's no wonder that Toyota has added significant enhancements to its mid-size CUV, increasing power, adding safety features and offering a... Read full review for the 2004 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Reviews


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Been Driving Mine for 6+ Years--Still Going Strong

by Chicago Guy from Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2010

Bought my Limited new in May of 2004. Have only put about 42,000 miles on it. It still drives like new. Ive never had any need to do anything except routine maintenance. I will mention that in stop an... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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