2003 Toyota Highlander V6
The Highlander is a little longer as well as 5 inches larger than the truck-based 4Runner. It assures SUV adaptability with carlike ride and also handling. Like the RX 300, the Highlander uses an unique gear selector for the transmission, which extends from the reduced control panel. Toyota anticipated to sell concerning 70,000 units yearly, however Automotive News reports sales of 86,699 Highlanders during 2001-- that represents rather an impressive debut season. Little is likely to transform for 2003, however Toyota has not yet launched details about the upcoming design year.
Despite styling distinctions between the Highlander as well as RX 300, the two versions share the exact same fundamental layout. The Highlander trips a 106.9-inch wheelbase as well as stretches 184.4 inches long generally-- that's 4 inches much longer in both dimensions than the RX 300. The four-door SUV is fitted with a back liftgate as well as measures 71.9 inches large as well as almost 68 inches tall. In addition to prominent fender creases, the Highlander showcases squared-off designing instead of inclined roofing columns like those found on the RX 300.
Sitting for five residents consists of two front bucket seats as well as a split, folding rear bench that holds 3. The automatic-transmission bar installs at a weird angle below the control panel, which is actually a practical place. The Highlander as well as RX 300 control panels have comparable layouts, however the Toyota design has various sound and 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 obtained from the Camry car as well as group with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Highlander is available with FWD or permanently involved AWD, which has no Reduced array. A limited-slip rear differential is optional.
Safety and security
Anti-skid brakes and also Brake Help are standard. Options consist of seat-mounted side-impact airbags and Vehicle Skid Control, Toyota's digital stability system.
An incredibly smooth trip combined with certain as well as capable handling are the peaks of the Highlander photo. Rarely does this SUV shed its composure, also when the pavement obtains somewhat rough. Body roll is minimal in rather tight curves-- within reason. The Highlander is exceptionally easy to drive, and also it has just the appropriate steering feel as well as a balanced sensation on the freeway.
Velocity is solid from a standstill, however an extra push on the pedal could be needed at midrange speeds, which can produce some clumsiness or unpleasant noise sometimes. Similarities to the RX 300 are much more obvious on the Highlander's inside, which is led by the distinctively located gearshift bar.