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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4901 of 5158 New 2012 V6 Highlander!!
Nov 25, 2011 (10:31 pm)
Alright, just came across this thread and somewhat new to Edmunds as a 'member'.
Just recently bought a 2012 Mag Grey/Grey V6 Highlander, Tech Pack, dimming mirror, hood film wrap, door edges protection, door handle protection, tow prep, window tint.
Shopped around but always came back to the dealer in my town with the research/offers I had gotten from all over the state. Must have been four different visits to test drive and talk the talk. In the end I walked in with a VIN of the exact vehicle I wanted which was at another dealer. We negotiated a price off of that MSRP on that car $32,510 down to $29,000. Come back a few days later to pick up car (had to be shipped) and turns out we got a different vehicle/VIN!! Good thing is we made out because we got some additional options not on the other VIN. $33,108 MSRP for $29,000. Heck I'm happy and so is the wife since it's the new family crew vehicle! Total with dealer fee $29,199.00.
Do your research, use online sites specializing in price quoting/recent sales of vehicles in your area. If a member of USAA, use their service too as a comparison point. In all I came out below anything sold/quoted in this area. I'd recommend this dealer for sure.
I'm in Toyota's Gulf States Region.
#4902 of 5158 New 2012 V6 AWD Highlander
Nov 26, 2011 (9:20 pm)
I have an offer for the 2012 base v6 awd for $27,500. Don't know if this is a good deal or not because I can't find a good site listing prices and don't trust trucar.com.
I have not seen this vehicle and would like to know if the stereo system is the same as the one included with "tech package". I don't care for sirius and bluetooth, I just care for radio with mp3 cd player and a USB connection for mp3 would be HUGE PLUS.
Also, it looks like the base model doesn't have outside temperature?? Is that true?
#4903 of 5158 Re: New 2012 V6 AWD Highlander [leem2]
Nov 26, 2011 (9:35 pm)
Tech Package includes USB/iPod/AUX connection with controls from the factory head unit.
If the stereo isn't an upgraded JBL system then it will be the same head unit/speakers.
To my wife and I the Tech Package was worth it for us on the 'base' Highlander.
#4904 of 5158 Re: New 2012 V6 AWD Highlander [harryo2b]
Nov 26, 2011 (10:20 pm)
If it is the same audio system, I wonder how easy it'd be to add usb support to it. Where is the USB connector located?
How good is BT in the tech package? I checked BT on other toyota models and found it not that great, particularly when road noise is present (>60mph)
What is "Driver seat with five 10-way power"? Can you adjust the height in the base model?
what is 2nd Row Seat One-Touch Fold Flat Levers?
Was it really $1800 extra for this package?
#4905 of 5158 2012 Highlander SE AWD
Nov 27, 2011 (6:50 am)
Paid $33,517 including everything but taxes and registration. Price includes processing fees and freight, with towing prep and roof rails (no floor mats). Could have saved another $500, but decided to take the 1.9% financing. Was offered a similar price from another dealer.
#4906 of 5158 2012 Highlander Limited
Nov 27, 2011 (6:58 pm)
I must acknowledge "True Car" for helping me out with the price for my new 2012 Highlander Limited.
Purchased this car (in Illinois) for $37,370, after foregoing 500$ manufacturer rebate in lieu of 1.9% financing. I agreed for the maintenance / breakdown insurance which was about $2600 extra. I also had the Viper remote start, lo-jack and a rust prevention, paint and leather protection treatment installed - for approximately an additional $1800. Not sure how good the paint, rust and leather protection treatment will prove to be, but the remote start has started to pay itself back this winter!
#4907 of 5158 Re: 2012 Highlander Limited [leolion9]
Nov 28, 2011 (12:38 pm)
I also bought the extended warranty for $1,895 for 7 years, 75K miles, but then my insurance company (GEICO) offered a similar plan for 7 years/100K for only $840 with $250 deductible. I called to cancel my warranty, but was offered a different option for $955, with 100K/7years of coverage with a $50 deductible. I had to redo the paperwork, but it was worth the effort to save almost $1K.
#4908 of 5158 Re: 2012 Highlander Limited [cars25pad]
Nov 28, 2011 (3:11 pm)
Thank you for the tip, cars25pad!
I did not know this was possible. Was it a difficult task to get the dealer to modify the plan? I was thinking the dealer will not budge once the papers are signed! I too will try to talk to the dealer for a modification. (BTW, I am also with GEICO).
#4909 of 5158 Truecar Leads to a Good Deal in Nor Cal
Dec 04, 2011 (5:14 pm)
I just purchased a 2012 Highlander Limited with options added of voice activated touch screen DVD - NAV (code NV), Tow Prep Package (code TO), Cross Bars for roof rack
(code 3T) and Carpet/Cargo Mat (code CT). This is the way the dealer had it in stock.
MSRP on the sticker was $41,216.
TrueCar provided the dealer cost for this of $36,742 but that did not include the cross bars as that option does not appear on Truecar. MSRP on the cross bars is $229 so probably add another $175 to the Truecar dealer cost for a total of $$36,917. Truecar has factory invoice at $37,983 without the cross bars. Visit their website to learn the difference between dealer cost and factory invoice.
Through Truecar my request went to 4 dealers in my area and all contacted me via email with their quote. They were very similar in price and I ended up paying $36,849 plus tax, license, etc. The $36,849 did include the dealer delivery and handling fee they were charged by Toyota which was $810 on the sticker. My price included the $500 Toyota rebate currently offered, that went to the dealer to bring my price to the $36,849. I received 60 month 1.9% financing with zero down. Since I took the $500 rebate the 1.99% Toyota financing was not offered, I had to push for it but it wasn't too hard to get. It was a very smooth and pleasant experience. The dealer commented Truecar and similar websites will change this industry significantly in due time.
I purchased from Folsom Lake Toyota in Northern CA and all those who assisted me would get an A+ for their service. I have only had the car 24 hours but boy I couldn't be happier with the decision to buy the Highlander. Ditto for the decision to dig into Truecar and utilize their great website at no cost.
#4910 of 5158 Re: Truecar Leads to a Good Deal in Nor Cal [hankster9]
Dec 05, 2011 (11:36 am)
I forgot to mention the car is 4WD.