Last post on Dec 27, 2005 at 6:17 AM
You are in the Toyota Highlander
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Highlander, Jeep Liberty, SUV
May 07, 2003 (7:33 pm)
I never said that the majority of them are at $47k, I just was aghast that Toyota would have the nerve to offer something remotely that expensive, other than the Land Cruiser. Basically the Highlander is a vehicle that should top out at about $29k at the most.
May 07, 2003 (9:04 pm)
in case I wasn't clear, I didn't pull that post above out of my head, or quote numbers from memory or anything. I had a second window up with Toyota's website, and was just reading straight across. I maintain what I said...loaded vehicles go out the door under $40K. Colorado either did not read what I wrote closely enough, or chose to ignore it because he is used to taking his third-party software at its word. I never said those items mentioned in #86 were standard, I said they were all included in packages he had already listed higher in the list.
And that $40K is for a vehicle with every whoop-de-doo in the universe...if we are comparing to the Liberty, it isn't even close in content level to that hypothetical vehicle.
But in reality, how many Highlander owners insist on 24K gold badging and heated steering wheel anyway?
#91 of 98 Heated Steering Wheel
May 09, 2003 (4:14 pm)
My, my, what will they think of next???
Sep 22, 2003 (7:32 am)
a pretty nice Highlander for sticker $28K too, but of course, HL is a soft-roader so there will be no true 4WD options like a transfer case with reduction gear.
The HL has a really great smooth ride, and is very zippy - passing on the highway is effortless. I have had a V-6 for a loaner for a few days, and forgot how fast this car can be. I particularly like the power seat with adjustable lumbar. The sticker of this car is in the glove box, $29,2. The moonroof is $900, so leave that out and it would be the same price as that Liberty.
#94 of 98 A REAL SUV
Jul 14, 2004 (12:16 pm)
If you want a REAL SUV then go Jeep. If you want an over sized car, go Toyota.
#95 of 98 Highlander vs. Liberty???
Mar 10, 2005 (8:43 am)
Not sure how you can compare these 2, other than the SUV label. I looked at a Highlander and Mazda Tribute back in 2001. Really liked the Highlander, more because it was so refined. Great interior, but the ride reminded me of our Sienna (in fact, the interior did, too). Bought the Trib -- and this year the Liberty - because I liked the sportier feel, didn't mind throwing muddy sports equipment in the back, and it was a fun vehicle to drive. And it was about $5k less, fully equiped with AWD.
My wife will look at the Highlander when the Sienna dies...
#96 of 98 Highlander Vs. Liberty
Mar 10, 2005 (3:57 pm)
My sister owns a Liberty and she loves it. Like rboccella said above. Its more of a sportier car. They don't feel bad treating it a little rougher than some other cars they could have chosen. That being siad, it takes a beating and keeps going. I have not experienced the Highlander but it looks to be less of this kind of vehicle.
#97 of 98 cross shopping?
by steve_ HOST
Dec 26, 2005 (7:42 pm)
No one is comparing these two rigs any more?
#98 of 98 Driving impressions, Highlander vs Liberty
Dec 27, 2005 (6:17 am)
Full disclosure, my wife owns a Toyota Highlander, which I have driven many times. I rented a Liberty to make the annual trip to the mother in law's place in northern wisconsin and had a chance to sample it over several hundred miles.
Highlander highs: smooth power delivery, good steering feedback, excellent transmission, decent brakes, great room all around. Fit and finish are impeccable, materials first rate, and has been trouble free. Lows: a bit underpowered, wallows more than I'd like in the corners, paint easy to chip.
Liberty highs: good steering feedback, torque was excellent, 4WD inspired a lot of confidence in snowy conditions. Lows: suspension travel on smooth roads (I felt like a jumping bean), driver ergonomics (I'm 6' 1''), brakes felt underwhelming, fit and finish and materials were sub-par.
My take: if you spend a lot of time off-road, pick the Liberty. If you spend a lot of time driving on roads, the Highlander.