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Should I get the wife a highlander?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Seanc770, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    Seanc770

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    Thinking of getting the wife a highlander. Any advise?
     
  2. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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  4. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    Get a gx460 or 4Runner. Highlander looks like a mini van from the side.
     
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  5. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM
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    Shetto24

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    Wife had 2 (leased). They were OK. Not, many negatives, but not many positives either. Reliable and was decent for AWD in the snow. She moved up month ago into a purchased RX350 Fsport. Absolutely loves it!
     
  6. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    teedubbya

    teedubbya I like fat booty

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    Get her a handler instead
     
  7. Mar 3, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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    NewImprovedRon

    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Sure, why not?
     
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  8. Mar 3, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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    Shaggie13

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    My wife had a 2013 highlander and I got to drive it on trips. I thought the V6 was more than enough power to get around, and it was very reliable. One negative is it has less leg room in the highlander due to the optional 3rd row set than the smaller RAV 4 we owned before. Or it felt less comfortable to me. I'm 6'5". My wife loved both, and my mom has the highlander now, and really loves it.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2020 at 11:16 AM
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    The new 2020 highlanders have some material updates compared to the 19’s IMO... we are in the same boat. She wants a new SUV. Had her test drive 4Runner, RAV4 and highlander. She liked the highlander the best from those options...
     
  10. Mar 3, 2020 at 11:36 AM
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    BuckWallace

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    We have a 2019 and it's great. I mean, it's not super sick like a lifted 4Runner or something, but it's awesome for getting around town with the kids with decent gas mileage. If you're worried about the power, there's a "Power" mode that holds the shifts a little longer.
     
  11. Mar 3, 2020 at 12:18 PM
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    Needward

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    I love the look of them. I would say that when i rode shotgun in a friend's, the leg room was a little lacking. I could've sent the seat back a little more, but there were 6 adults in it. Its a great 2 adult & 2-4 kid cruiser.
     
  12. Mar 3, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    My wife wanted one too, so we test drove a couple. They drive like a Camry, but higher center of gravity and less power it seemed to me. I personally liked the RAV better than the Highlander. I have owned a Sienna (wifes current daily), RAV, 4 Runner, Tacoma's, and Camry, and though the highlander is nice it's just a Sienna with less space. I have since convinced her that the GX460 is more what she wants, not the large lumbering Sequoia or Land Cruiser, but still has a V8. If she really wants the Highlander, maybe test drive the AWD Sienna, it's basically the same, but more space.

    EDIT: Sorry it sounds like I was bashing the Highlander, it's a great car! I agree with @wingnutted below, if she likes it you can't go wrong with the Toyota!
     
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  13. Mar 3, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    Does she like it? If yes, get it. If no, get something else?
     
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  14. Mar 3, 2020 at 1:37 PM
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    Porkchop Express Its all in the reflexes

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    My wife has the 2019 Platinum . Its a great daily driver , nice for a road tripper , and can haul 7 people.
    No , its not flashy or lifted , but it does what it needs to. Lots of buttons and blinky stuff
     
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  15. Mar 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM
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    BTBAKER

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    We just traded a 2010 for a 2020. The 10 was an outstanding vehicle. Not one issue and my wife beat it pretty good. The 2020 has a lot of tech and for running the family around together it’s outstanding. I’d say go for it.

    I had a 2015 4 runner. I would say if you plan to keep it on pavement I would take the Highlander all day long. More comfort, more power, much better MPG and way better tech.
     
  16. Mar 3, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    The 2020’s look pretty nice IMO. We are shopping for SUV’s as well and it is on the short list to drive.
     
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    It’s a Toyota so you’re already winning. But I would also look at the Rav 4 it’s pretty nice. My wife wants a 4runner or Tacoma. Well, she actually wants a jeep, but I said let’s not. Maybe as a toy but not a daily.
     
  18. Mar 3, 2020 at 1:53 PM
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    We have had 2 of them, a '13 and a '15. I loved them both. Obvious reliability, but I thought fit and finish particularly on the 15 was fantastic. I had hitches on both and in a couple occasions had to tow a boat short distances - and it did fine with it. I used to drive a Porsche Cayenne S, and we test drove several Q7's when making the decision. IMHO the interior finish on the Highlander is within spitting distance of Q7 at 40% cheaper price, the electronics were far better than Porsche at half the price. Power is completely adequate, not in the Cayenne league, but good enough. Interior capacity great. I'd buy one again for certain.
     
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    Wife has an 18 Highlander. I forget which trim buts it’s relatively loaded with leather seats and the optional 3rd row. It’s her DD and handles 4 kids very well. She loves it. I’ve driven it on a few road trips and it handles nicely. I don’t see any issues with the V6..
    Drives very much like a car, especially when compared to a body on frame SUV like the 4runner. That being said, I’ve been trying to convince her that we need to “upgrade” her to a Sequoia but she likes the Highlander too much.
     
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    Do it, my wife just picked up a 17 limited Platinum. Way to much fancy stuff for me. But I admit I like how it drives and feels. Way better then the Kia Sorento we came out of. Can't go wrong with..
     
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    My wife has a 2010 Highlander and loves it. I offered to buy her a new vehicle this year but she doesn't want to give up the one she has. It is roomier than a 4Runner inside. The Highlander has gone through some changes since 2010 so I can't say if a newer one would be the same.
     
  22. Mar 3, 2020 at 6:26 PM
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    My wife has a 17 and absolutely loves it. I drive it on occasion and it’s fun to drive...really nice for road trips and the v6 gets up and goes nicely in my opinion.
     
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