2013 Toyota Highlander
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Saved our lives

by from Minnesota on January 29, 2014

We purchased a 2013 Highlander and after 3 months of ownership we were involved in a head-on crash at 60 miles per hour. The safety features in the Highlander saved our lives. Although we have injurie...
We purchased a 2013 Highlander and after 3 months of ownership we were involved in a head-on crash at 60 miles per hour. The safety features in the Highlander saved our lives. Although we have injuries (neck and back pain, fractured Sternum), I believe that the if we were in a different vehicle our injuries would have been life threatening. We were so pleased that we replaced our wrecked Highlander with another 2013 Highlander.
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Best vehicle I ever had

by from Eden Prairie, MN on May 14, 2013

I have owned vehicles for 50 years; several different types, and finally, I believe I have owned the best ever for me and my wife. We had a MiniVan for the past 8 years and it worked well for us as we...
I have owned vehicles for 50 years; several different types, and finally, I believe I have owned the best ever for me and my wife. We had a MiniVan for the past 8 years and it worked well for us as we are retired. But my son gifted us Toyota Highlander Limited for our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and I tell you, it was a wonderful gesture, and a marvelous vehicle to own. Smooth ride, easy cornering, loads of electronics (more than the earlier spacecrafts), and since I am hearing challenged, I wanted the noiseless drive of this SUV. I got the blue metallic as the trim looks best in dark blue. I took 6 relatives on a long drive and all felt comfortable with the seating, the music, airconditiong etc. People at our gym come up to inspect it and at least two will be buying new ones. I luv this SUV and since we were getting the final vehicle we will own, we are in our 70.s, this will last us all the remaining years. Way to go Toyota.
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My Highlanders

by from Oklahoma City, OK on August 31, 2013

I purchased a 2012 Highlander Plus in March of 2012. The 2012 had a light gray interior that I could not grow to love so I traded it in on a 2013 Highlander Limited with black leather interior in June...
I purchased a 2012 Highlander Plus in March of 2012. The 2012 had a light gray interior that I could not grow to love so I traded it in on a 2013 Highlander Limited with black leather interior in June of 2013. Ahhh....now I can say I am happy with my purchase. I do not like the look of the 2014 Highlander. The 2012/2013 Highlander has a very smooth ride and great acceleration. The interior is a little cheap looking, but has a well-functioning layout. The only negative I can find is the excessive wind noise. My Nissan was sealed much better and had less wind noise, however the heating and air system sucked. This is my 5th Toyota and hopefully my last. ;-)
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Good SUV...

by from Atlanta, AG on September 2, 2013

Have owned the '13 LImited for a little over a year and have 16,000 miles on it. I am happy overall with the Highlanders. The positives: It can tow like a champ. We towed a 5,000 pound trailer from Te...
Have owned the '13 LImited for a little over a year and have 16,000 miles on it. I am happy overall with the Highlanders. The positives: It can tow like a champ. We towed a 5,000 pound trailer from Texas to Georgia and it handled better than my previous F-150 (5.4L V8) and got better mileage. It took a bit to get up to highway speeds but once there, it maintained speed well and didn't have to downshift constantly to get back to speed. The mileage while towing was 15 MPG overall (1200 miles) which is what I got on my F-150 when it was EMPTY! My only real complaint is the interior noise. 3 of the 4 windows squeak and some interior trim pieces squeak as well. I am hyper-sensitive about squeaks, so it may not bother you as much as it bothers me. I think it's unavoidable when the interior is a giant Tupperware bowl. The seats are comfortable even for the long road trips. All in all, I am happy with this and hope to get 200K miles out it!
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Toyota Highlander SE

by from Chicago, IL on July 30, 2013

We wanted a car that would pull our boat (4000 pounds), drive like a car, not a truck, have some room, but yet not be huge. After a lot of research, we settled on the Highlander. We chose the middle S...
We wanted a car that would pull our boat (4000 pounds), drive like a car, not a truck, have some room, but yet not be huge. After a lot of research, we settled on the Highlander. We chose the middle SE version which is nicely equipped. The Limited was thousands more but had features that would have just been luxury items for us. It is shorter than comparable cars by other makers, which is nice for the garage and parking. Yet, it seems to have the same interior space as other small SUVs. We were disappointed that our car came without car mats, without cross bars on the roof rack, plus XM radio was a pricey option as was a factory hitch. We added the roof rack bars, car mats and hitch aftermarket. Although the 2013 specs show this as trailer ready, you still need to add a wire harness and hitch to the car. A decorative back panel must be removed from the bottom rear to accommodate the hitch ? not great looking, but it works. The third row seats are very small and unless you have toddlers, these are almost useless. Like other Highlander owners, our 3rd seats will be folded down 95% of the time. In our 3 short weeks, we are very happy with the car. It was a bit pricier than we hoped to spend, but a few thousand less than competitor versions of this SUV. Hopefully, known Toyota reliability will justify the price. Drives nice, is comfortable inside and has some nice features that we didn?t expect to get.
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2013 LIMITED Ride and Seats

by from OKC, OK on August 2, 2014

We replaced a 2010 Honda Odessey Touring with a slightly used HL Limited...2,000 miles on odometer. Vans have a better ride due to the wheelbase. However, the HL Limited was the best alternative, has ...
We replaced a 2010 Honda Odessey Touring with a slightly used HL Limited...2,000 miles on odometer. Vans have a better ride due to the wheelbase. However, the HL Limited was the best alternative, has a smoother drivetrain, and is more luxurious. The 2013 seats are more comfortable than the 2014 HL constructed of plastic leather and memory foam. You end up sitting in a bucket after 5 min. The 2013 HL ride was too harsh with its 19 inch Bridgestone 400 tires. Replaced the tires with Bridgestone Ecopia's. the ecopia's ride characteristics are similar to a 235/65/18 tire. The change in comfort and noise is remarkable.
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Pretty Happy

by from Midwest on January 22, 2013

I was a Honda/Acura person up until now, but I have to say, I love my Highlander and I'm glad I switched. The handling on the Highlander is very agile yet soft, and responsive on tight turns. For pow...
I was a Honda/Acura person up until now, but I have to say, I love my Highlander and I'm glad I switched. The handling on the Highlander is very agile yet soft, and responsive on tight turns. For power, it is surprisingly strong (I was shocked coming from a 4cy. Turbo) and doesn't leave you with that feeling of a poky SUV. The interior is nice and spacious - the layout is pretty logical too. It did take me a couple of weeks to get used to, but again I was a Honda/Acura person prior so this was totally different for me. The ride is very quiet and smooth - far smoother than my Acura was and I don't get that bumpy SUV feeling either. On the negative side, the options are limited - no HID's, memory seats or mirrors, no lane assist etc... The Entune app was a meh for me. While bluetooth works fine for phones, the Entune app requires the iPhone (phone only) to be plugged in via USB to use the app which is pretty lame. No email or text yet with Entune either. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my Highlander Limited and glad I made the switch!
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Highlander

by from Bettendorf, Iowa on July 6, 2013

We purchased a 2013 Highlander Limited. The ride is very smooth. We have made two long trips and has been roomy for the family of five. Gas milage has been impressive on the interstate at 25 mpg. So f...
We purchased a 2013 Highlander Limited. The ride is very smooth. We have made two long trips and has been roomy for the family of five. Gas milage has been impressive on the interstate at 25 mpg. So far this has been a great vehicle.
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2013 highlander

by from Winchester, Virginia on September 11, 2013

I love my highlander. I replaced my 2008 highlander with the 2013. It is a comfortable ride and fits my three large dogs perfectly!
I love my highlander. I replaced my 2008 highlander with the 2013. It is a comfortable ride and fits my three large dogs perfectly!
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reliable, powerful, smooth

by from oregon on May 28, 2014

I purchased a V6 AWD base model. here are my impressions after driving 32,000 miles in 15 months: it never needed any repairs, nothing malfunctioned. it is powerful, smooth, with an average of 19 mpg ...
I purchased a V6 AWD base model. here are my impressions after driving 32,000 miles in 15 months: it never needed any repairs, nothing malfunctioned. it is powerful, smooth, with an average of 19 mpg city and 23 hwy. it handles well highways as well as moderate-difficulty off road trails. it even did ok on more difficult ones, excellent traction and power, but the 8''ground clearance was barely enough. If you go off road more than occasionally, you should consider buying the 4 runner. very few features are less than perfect: driving uphill on cruise control the engine jumps from 2000 to 4000 rpm while it drops at about 2500rpm if you turn it off, and it accelerates 3-5mph uphill. for trips longer than 4-5 hours the base model seats need more lumbar support, otherwise you will have horrible back pain. I purchased a lower back cushion on amazon but I suggest you choose the upgraded seats from the beginning if you plan driving it a lot. the rearview camera is an useful option for parking downtown. I had it installed a few months later at the dealer for 350$. I also installed aftermarket roof rails with cross bars and a towing hitch for my bicycle rack. they do the job well and cost half than original toyota parts. loaded with two 15-foot kayaks and 3 bicycles you barely see any change in handling or gas consumption. this is one strong good-for-all vehicle, very reasonable on gas and maintenance.
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