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Mild-Mannered Hauler
2008 Toyota Highlander
A three-quarter front view of a dark gray 2008 Toyota Highlander

In short: A safety-conscious family-oriented crossover.

Though it includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine and all-wheel independent suspension appropriate for an off-road adventure, this seven-passenger crossover is much better suited as an everyday family vehicle. The Highlander has a noticeably quiet interior, and its flexible seating arrangements provide an ideal means for hauling everything from sports gear to furniture. Safety features include three-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags and side-impact door beams, ensuring that the passengers in the back are as protected as those in the front.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile rust-through warranty.

Base Price: $27,500

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with Dual VVT-i
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed electronically controlled automatic

Curb weight: 3,979 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 188.4/75.2/69.3 in
Turning circle: 38.7 ft

Brakes: ventilated disc in front; solid disc in rear; ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist
all-wheel independent MacPherson struts with front and rear stabilizer bars
vehicle stability control and traction control

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety: reinforced unitized body, advanced airbag system and seat-mounted side airbags for front seat, three-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags, driver's knee airbag, active headrests, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist control, front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, side-impact door beams, collapsible steering column

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PSV062508 (Updated 07/25/08 SCV)