53 reviews
2008 Toyota Highlander
2008 Toyota Highlander
Available Price Range $8,142-$18,238 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

The second-generation 2008 Highlander is larger and more powerful than before, which gives the midsize SUV more breathing room between it and the automaker's recently enlarged RAV4 compact SUV. The gas-powered Highlander gets a new 3.5-liter V-6; a gas/electric Highlander Hybrid is also offe... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Lackluster handling
  • Cargo room behind third row
  • Some confusing controls
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2008
  • 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system


Our Expert Reviews

The Highlander, Toyota's first midsize crossover utility vehicle, moved into its second generation for 2008 with a complete makeover.Based on the Lexus RX crossover, which arrived two years before the Highlander's debut for 2001, this was the second Toyota-brand SUV to break from the truck mold, offering consumers a more-refined family hauler based on the chassis of a car - in this ca... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota Highlander

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This Highlander is Incredible

by In Toyota We Trust from Colorado on January 18, 2011

This SUV is awesome. It drives like a Camry, but handles snow confidently. There's plenty of room for a family, and the 3rd row seat is actually functional, partially due to the adjustable 2nd row sea... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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