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#1338 of 2954 Third row seats
Aug 20, 2007 (5:05 pm)
I wouldn't be that quick to belittle the third row seat option, even if you feel you'll never need it.
We bought our 2005 Highlander AWD Ltd because we wanted an AWD vehicle with car-like ride and handling, good cargo capacity, and a comfortable 2nd row seat for adults. The third row seat wasn't really a consideration, and 99% of the time it remains folded down.
It has come in very handy on several occasions however. Each time the scenario was a need to take six people a short distance to a place where parking was sparse and/or expensive. It was far more convenient for one person to squeeze into the third seat than take two cars.
Toyota at least lets you delete the option if you really don't want it for the 2008MY. But you may find like we did, that on rare occasions, it can be nice to have...
#1339 of 2954 Re: Big Fan! [dairyshick] 08 impressions
Aug 20, 2007 (8:51 pm)
After 2 weeks and 500 miles on a base 4wd 08 Highlander - quite satisfied, Ride is cushy and decently controlled - test road is a curvy rollercoaster potholed 10 mi. stretch of bad 2-lane road that has hi traffic including semi's and bulk milk trucks(the worst). Steering is a bit numb at first but you adapt to it and then don't think about it. Fit, finish, features are great - mileage is better than I expected, 25 - 27 mpg for road trips and 19 - 22 around town (per scangage II). With seats (exc driver's)folded flat a 255x90 cm (big)windsurf board fits inside. Plays WMA CD's, good ergo cupholders and compartments for stuff.
#1340 of 2954 Anyone got the rear seat entertainment package?
Aug 20, 2007 (10:16 pm)
Does ths sound from the rear DVD player come through the speakers - or is it limited to headphones (wireless or wired?)
#1341 of 2954 Bigger, taller, heavier SUVs.
Aug 21, 2007 (8:47 am)
Represent greater safety factor for the occupants.
#1342 of 2954 Re: Big Fan! [dairyshick]
Aug 21, 2007 (9:40 am)
I ordered a 2008 Highlander Ltd. (Black and Black interior) without the Navigation package in late April when our local dealership ordered their first models. I picked up the vehicle on August 2nd, the first day of the Canada wide launch. I am very impressed with the vehicle including its ride, comfort, visibility, back up camera and features and gas mileage (plus the fact it can use regular 87 octane gas). The cargo capacity with the seats down and legroom and headroom (a big issue with me) are great.
I agree that the ceiling material on the 200 Highalnder should be improved (looks cheap in an otherwise nice vehicle interior). I would have prefered the nice chrome alumium trim to the faux wood trim but it is not a major issue.
I took the vehicle on the road (have about 700 miles on it)to lake country in Manitoba and Ontario Canada and it handled and accelerated very well even in hilly roads with curves. The steering seemed to firm up the faster I went and when negotiating curves in the highway. The premium JBL Stereo with 9 speakers has very clear crisp sound for FM radio, CD's and MP3/WMA. Bluetooth feature is great. Fit and finish is top rate. The safety features are advanced which is very important to me.
I had narrowed down my choices to the MDX and Lexus RX 350 before I found out the 2008 Highlander was coming out this summer. The RDX and CX7 were a bit too small without not enough room. The turbo four feature and needing high octane gas and the overly firm ride (especially our paved streets and highways) which made you feel every bump and small crevice in the road up your spine a no go for the vehicles.
I really enjoyed the MDX ride, handling and features but the wide size of it were detractors.
So far very impressed with the Highlander.I looked at the 2007 Highlander Ltd. late last year and this is definitely an upgrade and worth the extra money.
#1343 of 2954 Re: Big Fan! [canuck17]
Aug 21, 2007 (9:54 am)
I thought that only the Sport, not the LTD, was available with black interior?
#1344 of 2954 Re: Big Fan! [ronlite]
Aug 21, 2007 (10:39 am)
I am from Canada and was told that some option features may be different from the U.S. My 2008 Highlander has a black exterior and interior which really looks nice IMO with the black tinted windows and chrome outside accents on the vehicle. In Canada we only can order the third row seating which is not really needed for my needs,although,the seats fold down flat easily to leave a lot of cargo room.
#1345 of 2954 Re: Ride and handling [nimrod99]
Aug 21, 2007 (10:49 am)
I took both the 2008 Limited and Sport for a test drive in the past week. The float and leaning in corners is my only concern with the vehicle, otherwise it is great. That said, I did notice a slight improvement with the Sport, especially in body lean. Although it is still considerably more than the MDX or Tribeca we are also considering. Tribeca has the fun to drive factor, but the back seating is somewhat cramped. I am going to have my wife test drive a Sport for a 1/2 day and make sure it doesn't bother her as it leans and floats more than her RX300.
Aug 21, 2007 (1:50 pm)
I got a silver Sport with leather etc.
I would agree with others impressions. Not the most exciting drive but ok with plenty of power.
Size was what drove me to the HL over the other options also.
The profusion of airbags was also a big plus.
#1347 of 2954 Re: Popular Mechanics Compares the Crossovers [brutus22]
Aug 21, 2007 (6:59 pm)
The Rav4 DOES have a third row option. Kind of neat too. Folds into the floor when not in use.