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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#3187 of 5209 Why we bought a 2007 highlander
Apr 08, 2008 (5:43 pm)
For two weeks we read Consumer Reports, edmunds and talked about our needs. In order we felt important items were:
Safety, my husband is 6'4'' and all legs, realiablity, ability to move some mid-size items (our other cars back seat does not go down), fuel effency
Then for two weeks we went to the following dealerships, test drove the cars, we told them upfront we were just looking at models, not ready yet, we did not talk specific pricing, all but one Toyota dealership in Northern CA were very professional.
Honda CR vs. Toyota Rav4
My husband height eliminated both, but if we had to pick one the Honda won because of the finished felt better, drive felt better to me and I liked very much how the 5th door opens up not down.
My husband LOVED it, but it was not for me, way to nosier and on a long drive I think you would feel tired.
Nissan Mourono (spelling?)
No test scores out yet on 2009 so we eliminated, everything it it was much nicer then CR or RAV4, drove very well and would have been good for us. The 2009 is out so the 2007 are at a good price, but when we went to sell the 2007, it would seem older, there was no 2008.
Highlander vs Lexus
I was all for the Lexus, and we could pay that much for a car, but my husband could not get over our fact our first house cost not a lot more then the fully loaded Lexus hybrid. 2008 Highland Hybrid was not a lot less then the Lexus, but it felt way bigger and I did not like the size at all, felt like a tank.
Three weeks latter we bought:
2007 Highlander, with 19,000 miles, moon roof, added on the seven year bumper to bumper warranty and leather. We wanted to do the right green thing, and do hybrid but the numbers did not work, and with low millage there were few available in our area. We used our local Crigslist, edmunds and Carmax to get the price we felt good with, it may not have been the cheapest but it is what was good for us and we are very happy.
Thank everyone who writes into the community forums, it helped us a lot.
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#3188 of 5209 2009s Coming Soon?
Apr 09, 2008 (8:10 am)
I was talking with a fleet salesman yesterday (Costco) about getting a Ltd. and when I mentioned that I was in no hurry he indicated that their might be one more delivery of 2008s and then there would be a dry spell before the 2009s start being delivered.
I said to myself that he was just messing with me, but last night on TV there was an ad for a couple other models of Toyotas and they were 2009s!
Does anybody know when the '09s come out? Any rumors about changes?
#3189 of 5209 Re: 2009s Coming Soon? [gilk3914]
Apr 09, 2008 (9:00 am)
09 Camry was on sale for a couple of months already.
#3190 of 5209 2WD HL Limited Near Future Pricing
Apr 09, 2008 (9:44 am)
Hello, all. I visit this forum few times a week to check what people are paying for their new HL's, but there are not many updates. Are HL's not really selling well?
I set my target price for 2WD Limited with no options (it's nearly impossible to find Limited with no add'l options, though) at $29k plus TTL and have been waiting for cash incentives. Is paying $29 for 2WD Limited possible in the next few months? Could we expect some incentives once 09 models come out? I'm also considering '09 Venza, but I'm not sure if I can wait until late this year.
Any updates on recent deals or incentives would be appreciated.
#3191 of 5209 Re: Where is the best deal on Highlander Hybrid in SoCal [homeskewlin]
Apr 09, 2008 (10:36 pm)
Congrats homeskewlin on your new Highlander,
Can you please tell us what options your car has? You paid almost $5500 less than MSRP, thats the best deal so far.
Thankyou and enjoy your new ride.
#3192 of 5209 Prices paid in Boston
Apr 10, 2008 (5:53 am)
I was curious to find out where is the best deal in Boston? I did see one from Boch for a limited 4x4 with DVD/NAV for 37,350. I'm thinking of getting a LTD without DVD/NAV. I already have a Garmin and don't want a DVD system in my Highlander. Please share any thoughts. I'd greatly appreciate it. The time frame will be towards the end of this year...
#3193 of 5209 Re: Where is the best deal on Highlander Hybrid in SoCal [randyclee]
Apr 10, 2008 (9:20 am)
go thru COSTCO - $500 over invoice.
#3194 of 5209 Re: 2009s Coming Soon? [gilk3914]
Apr 11, 2008 (5:36 am)
I ordered a HL Limited in January. I was just informed this week that it could take another six weeks before I'll see the car. I specifically asked the dealership about the new 2009's and was told Toyota wouldn't be manufacturing new HL's until they could meet the demand of the 2008's.
Are there any areas in the US, minus the midwest, who seems to have problems getting these in stock? I'm starting to feel like I'm being bamboozled.
#3195 of 5209 Re: 2009s Coming Soon? [jayadalla]
Apr 11, 2008 (9:09 am)
I am in southern California. My wife and I have just recently bought a Limited Hybrid Highlander. It was very difficult to get the one we wanted (but we were very specific on the options we want). I contacted more than 50 different Toyota dealers from Ventura to San Diego (via email). It took me more than 3 weeks to find the one we wanted. After the purchase, the dealer told us that the vehicle we purchased (w/ the specific options and colors), Toyota only makes 3 per month for southern California. We also did not want to pay MSRP. We ended up buying the SUV through the AAA vehicle purchase program. It was all luck and timing. Toyota of Orange just happened to receive the Highlander we wanted the day we called. When we arrived at the dealer, it wasn't even ready for our inspection. It took a lot of work to find the Highlander we wanted. Good luck.
#3196 of 5209 Re: HiHy Ltd in Puget Sound Area? [easea]
Apr 12, 2008 (9:54 am)
Well, I ended up getting the HiHy Ltd Opt Pkg A (Bluetooth Audio, Sunroof, Dual Front Air, Auto Rear Air, etc) in the special Blizzard White + some misc add-ons that they sneak onto pretty much every vehicle (exhaust tip, etc).
Paid ~$41,600 before T&T. It sounds like I might have been able to push that lower.
In anycase, now that it's done, I'm verry happy with the purchase. Mileage could be better, but it's already better than our old outback.