2003 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Indigo Ink Pearl
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,424 - $8,061
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
18 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
220
Seats
5

How 2003 Toyota Highlander Ranks In Its Class

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#15
  By Price
Ranks  
#4
  By Experts
Ranks  
#4
  By MPG

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

Base $5,424 - $7,545
Horsepower: 220 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $5,820 - $8,061
Horsepower: 220 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.44
2 star
0%
1 star
0%

It is a hybrid with 2 engines which gives it a lot of horsepower.

It has flaking paint. It also developed a software issue after a routine smog check. It went into an "ultra-security" mode and will auto lock after a few minutes. It does not affect things but every once in a while will make everyday things annoying if you are not paying attention. Also, the way the back seats were constructed make it really hard to clean. Also has developed an a/c problem where it will switch from blowing cold to hot air if I go downhill. Another small annoyance.

Connor B
Helpful

Perfect for a beginning driver.

I have had this car all through high school and college. Easy to drive, and had enough space for everything from school to moving into my first apartment. It drives like a Jeep, and easy for anyone to drive, you do not have to "get used" to the car. Air conditioning stopped working and has been a process to fix but other than that, the only repairs that needed to happen were a new battery and starter after years of long trips.

Abigail C
Helpful

Sharp looking, extremely comfortable, smooth riding.

I love my highlander, it is extremely reliable. It is very smooth to ride in, very roomy inside, my seats are leather, I love the armrests on each side of driver's seat, rather than just one arm rest. I like the ease of selecting the temperature for inside the car, I can set it at an exact temperature (like 76 degrees) and it will keep the car at that temp.

Linda M
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,424 - $7,545
$5,820 - $8,061

Horsepower

Horsepower
220 (hp)
220 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC MPFI 24
3.0L DOHC MPFI 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional
Optional
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.7 (in.)
40.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 - 40 (in.)
38.6 - 40 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.4 (in.)
36.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.6 - 38.9 (in.)
38.6 - 38.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/70R16
P225/70R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.9 (in.)
106.9 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 (ft.)
37.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
184.4 (in.)
184.4 (in.)

Width

Width
71.9 (in.)
71.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3880 (.lbs)
3660 - 3880 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
220 (hp)
220 (hp)

Torque

Torque
222 (ft. lbs.)
222 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 (.lbs)
200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.8 (gal.)
19.8 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
20 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
22 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
N/A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Driver/front passenger airbags
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes *
  • Child restraint system anchor brackets
  • Daytime running lamps *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
04V181
Summary:
Certain sport untility vehicles have a Child Protection Latch (CPL) system on both of the rear side doors. When an operator of the vehicle closes the door very hard with the CPL lever set to the lock position, there is a possibility that the lever may contact the body panel, causing the CPL lever to move into the unlock position.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will modify the CPL lever. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during May or June 2004. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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