2008 Toyota Highlander

The Good The 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited comes with an impressive range of interior technology options for a midrange crossover, including a decent navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and an auxiliary LCD display for its as-standard back-up camera.

The Bad The Highlander's nav system has a tendency to complete guidance before arrival at its destination. The car's faux-wood interior trim is an eyesore, and not everyone will appreciate its "edgy" exterior styling.

The Bottom Line The 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited is a well-equipped crossover with some advanced cabin technology and a smooth power train. Aside from some questionable cabin materials, the Highlander is a worthy contender in a competitive segment.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 9.0
  • Performance tech 7.0
  • Design 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

2008 Toyota Highlander

The redesigned 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited has more Lexus in its DNA than it has Toyota. With its smart key, leather seats, as-standard back-up camera, available voice-activated GPS navigation system, and Bluetooth hands-free calling, the Highlander borders on being a luxury SUV. On the road, the Highlander's smooth V-6 provides adequate power for a seven-seater, while delivering a refined, comfortable ride.

Test the tech: Highlander quest
The 2008 Toyota Highlander comes with a very slick-looking optional GPS system, which features one of the biggest in-dash LCD screens we have ever seen. In addition to its monster screen, the nav system has some very sophisticated programming options, including one that lets a driver set multiple stops on a single journey before setting out. We resolved to test this feature on a mission worthy of the Highlander's name. Plugging "Highlander" into Google Maps, we found a surprising number of Highlander-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Armed with the addresses for four such locations (Highlander Apartments in Sunnyvale, Highlander Hair Studio in Castro Valley, the Highlander Motel in Oakland, and the Highlander Laundry Center in Albany), we used the car's touch-screen LCD display to enter them into the navigation system. After entering each address, the system gave us an option to replace the destination or add to the current itinerary at a point in the journey of our choosing.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $27,500
  • Brand Toyota
  • Engine V6 Cylinder Engine
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG 21 MPG
  • Passenger Capacity 7
  • Body Type Crossovers, SUVs
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