The all-new 2008 Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV, but it seats as many as seven. With a lengthy list of features and two powerful engines to choose from, the Highlander deserves a long look. It falls behind others when it comes to towing capacity, however.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander is offered in three trims: Base, Sport and Limited. If you want something that sips fuel, Toyota also offers a hybrid variant. The standard powertrain consists of a V6 engine and an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
Toyota introduced an all-new Highlander for 2008.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander features a more rugged design than the previous model. An angular grille, chunky front bumper and oval headlights give the SUV a brawnier look than before. The rounded roofline and curvaceous rear end give the Highlander a shapely silhouette.
Standard features include a rear spoiler, silver roof rails, fog lights, foldable mirrors, auto-off halogen headlights and 17-inch wheels. Optional equipment includes black roof rails, a moonroof, heated mirrors and a power rear door.
On the inside, the 2008 Highlander combines a conservative design with attractive features. The flowing dashboard has a two-tiered design with different colors separating the two portions. The HVAC and audio systems can be controlled with large, easy-to-use dials and buttons. Material quality is slightly behind what others in the segment offer, as the SUV features a lot of hard plastics. All of the Highlander’s available seats are spacious and comfortable.
Cargo capacity for the Highlander measures 10.3 cubic feet behind the third row. With the third row folded, that figure expands to 42.3 cubic feet. In total, the Highlander offers 95.4 cubic feet of space.
The Highlander comes with power windows and door locks, cloth seats, a third-row seat with fold-flat capability, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Optional equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander comes with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Power is routed through the SUV’s front wheels. All-wheel drive is available.
Fuel economy for the Highlander comes in at an estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway. When properly equipped, the SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
With its unibody construction, the Highlander is a comfortable SUV to drive every day. The V6 provides an adequate amount of performance. The transmission helps the Highlander’s case by holding gears longer and operating in a smooth way. Wind noise is minimal in the Highlander’s cabin, and the ride remains smooth and composed on rough roads.
The 2008 Highlander comes with a good amount of technology features. Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a six-disc in-dash CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, two 12-volt power outlets, a 3.5-inch multi-function display, a rearview monitor, remote keyless entry and push-button start. Navigation, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer, satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet and a HomeLink universal transceiver are optional.
"It is a very solid used SUV. At 140K there is very little obvious wear and tear. Very clean but cloth upholstery on drivers seat is sagging. Trouble with the VSC controls are annoying. Nice driver on trips. "
Lots of trick storage compartments and seat features.
Not flashy but clean and pleasant looking.
It seems to be a little difficult to know where the front fenders are for parking.
peppy enough, handles well
Mom can sit in the middle and reach all the seats.
"This hybrid suv gets 27-30 mpg my pickup gets 15. This is going to replace my pickup on 80% of what I do. It rides a lot better and gets better mpg. It can tow 3500# or car a lot of weight in the back." Read Less
by BOB STROCK on December 28, 2014
"Great Highlander Hybrid, great mileage. Great long distance travelling and enjoy the climate control."
by CAWOMAN1 on July 24, 2014
"This is a great car. Rides smooth, great for hauling the dog. Cold A/C, good gas mileage. Would buy again easy."
CARFAX Info for 2008 Toyota Highlander
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2008 Toyota Highlander Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2008 Toyota Highlander for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
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2008 Toyota Highlander Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2008 Toyota Highlander is $7,599 - $12,988.
The average selling price is $10,226.
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Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$27,300 - $34,150
This is the price range for the 2008 Toyota Highlander based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$7,599 - $12,988
Average Selling Price
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