Toyota Highlander 2003
The Highlander is a little longer and 5 inches larger compared to the truck-based 4Runner. It promises SUV adaptability with carlike ride and also handling. Like the RX 300, the Highlander makes use of an unconventional equipment selector for the automatic transmission, which extends from the lower dashboard. Toyota anticipated to sell about 70,000 systems each year, but Automotive News reports sales of 86,699 Highlanders during 2001-- that symbolizes fairly an excellent debut season. Little is likely to change for 2003, but Toyota has actually not yet launched information concerning the upcoming version year.
In spite of styling distinctions between the Highlander and also RX 300, the two versions share the exact same fundamental design. The Highlander flights a 106.9-inch wheelbase as well as extends 184.4 inches long generally-- that's 4 inches much longer in both dimensions compared to the RX 300. The four-door SUV is fitted with a back liftgate and actions 71.9 inches wide as well as virtually 68 inches high. Along with popular fender creases, the Highlander features squared-off styling instead of inclined roof covering pillars like those discovered on the RX 300.
Seatsing for five residents consists of two front container seats and a split, folding rear bench that holds 3. The automatic-transmission bar places at a weird angle below the dashboard, which is actually a practical place. The Highlander as well as RX 300 control panels have comparable formats, however the Toyota style has various audio and also climate controls.
Under the Hood
Both the 155-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and also the 220-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 were borrowed from the Camry car as well as team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Highlander is available with FWD or permanently engaged AWD, which has no Low array. A limited-slip rear differential is optional.
Anti-skid brakes and Brake Help are common. Options include seat-mounted side-impact airbags and also Car Skid Control, Toyota's digital security system.
An exceptionally smooth ride coupled with positive as well as qualified handling are the high points of the Highlander photo. Hardly ever does this SUV shed its composure, also when the pavement obtains somewhat harsh. Body roll is minimal in relatively limited curves-- within reason. The Highlander is extremely easy to drive, and it has simply the right steering feeling as well as a balanced experience on the freeway.
Acceleration is solid from a standstill, yet an extra push on the pedal could be required at midrange speeds, which can produce some awkwardness or unpleasant sound at times. Similarities to the RX 300 are more apparent on the Highlander's interior, which is led by the distinctively positioned gearshift bar.