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2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota Highlander
Available Price Range $9,380-$20,300 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-23 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

Redesigned last year, the Highlander receives a new four-cylinder base version for better gas mileage. A 3.5-liter V-6 powers most trims, while a gas/electric Highlander Hybrid is also offered. It's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. Competitors to the five- or seven-seat H... 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

  • New 189-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in August 2007 about the 2008 Toyota Highlander. This year's Highlander offers a new four-cylinder drivetrain with segment-leading gas mileage; the V-6 carries over unchanged. To see what's new for 2009, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.If the redesigned Toyota Highlander is to succeed, it has its wor... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Reviews


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Best Car I've ever had.

by LuvmyToy from Southern Iowa on April 19, 2011

Bought the car earlier this month. Had 17,000 on it from a lease return. Car has Nav, Bluetooth, DVD, leather/heated seats, etc. The nicest car I've ever owned. Toyota needs to make their owners manua... Read Full Review


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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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