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2008 Toyota Highlander



  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    What about the swinging cattle gate of a rear door? Even most cattle gates don't have a 40 pound spare mounted. Other than those things and the,cheaper than Honda,feel of everything it's a nice ride if you get the V6. :)
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I'd find another dealer. Toyota is increasing the number of Highlander Hybrids for 08. Affluence has nothing to do with who gets Highlander. It has more to do with how many vehicles the dealership sells. Toyota has a "turn and earn" policy for providing inventory to dealers.
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    Sorry Mackabee but none of the dealers currently taking orders on the 2008 HL are discounting. Additionally the minimum wait on a vehicle at this point is six months.

    That's just a fact. SUVs here sell like hot cakes. The MDX that is going for invoice in many areas of the country is still selling here close to sticker.

    I'm sure better deals can be had for those who are extremely patient and not picky about colors/options.
  • pabloxpablox Posts: 92
    Where are you located? It's probably worth traveling out of state in that case.
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    Denver area.
  • carstuff1carstuff1 Posts: 3
    I too purchased a HL on Saturday, got the 4WD Limited. There are a couple of things that I wish were different (eg, more space in rear when 3rd row is in use), but in general I am extremely pleased with it. Coming from a 2002 Camry XLE, I find the fit and finish to be generally comparable, although the interior of the doors don't have any soft leather-like surface inserts. What I love are: Power rear door, backup camera, comfort of the seats (including power button to extend the seat surface to provide thigh support for taller drivers), Bluetooth, GREAT acceleration, and Smart key entry and ignition (very cool, keeps me from having to dig through my purse to find my keys coming out of the grocery store with 2 kids and 5 bags of groceries). I agree with other comments that the seating design may not suit all families, but it works great for hauling 2 kids plus all my purchases from Home Depot; then the flexibility of the 3rd row (and even the middle 2nd row seat in times of desperation) when I need to haul my kids' friends. I also found the powered steering to be too "floaty"; I would prefer a little stiffer. Interesting that the 4WD seemed less of a problem than the 2WD on this. I was able to purchase a charcoal gray with ash leather interior for $600 under MSRP, plus they threw in free carpet mats. IMO, I was fairly underwhelmed by some of the color choices offered by Toyota -- some odd hues (especially the sandy beige one - has a yellowish-green hue. Yuk.) The basic white, black, gray and silver were all good.
  • flipwilsonflipwilson Posts: 12
    Where are you located? That's a great deal..............I was so turned off by the arrogance of the 2 toyota dealers here in the green bay, wi area, that I don't know if I really want a highlander because I will need to return to one of the dealers for warranty service. Funny thing is they kept bashing the buick enclave, yet they still have all of the highlanders that were delivered last week, and the buick dealer next door can't keep an enclave on the lot (I have seen 5 different enclaves come and go in the past week)
  • carstuff1carstuff1 Posts: 3
    I'm in the Raleigh, NC area. We too have our share of arrogant dealers here... I've just had good luck with this particular one (Leith). Good luck!
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    $600 off is kind of a courtesy discount more than anything. It's still good you got it. By comparison in many areas of the US (but not in mine) an MDX can be had for as much as $4000 off of MSRP.

    It's similar to the discount I got on my 2004 Audi A4 Ultra Sport when those were very hard to get and many dealers wanted full MSRP for them.

    If Highlander prices don't come down to earth I might have to consider flying to another city to buy an MDX and drive it back here!

  • miacar07miacar07 Posts: 28
    I'm reading a lot of mixed reviews on the 2008 Highlander. Is is worth getting or should I look into other SUVs? Also, I go to the toyota sight to price the Highlander, but it doesn't let me price it with the Rear DVD Entertainment option. Does anyone know why is that?
  • flipwilsonflipwilson Posts: 12
    I acutally like the buick enclave better than the highlander, but I get a new car every 2 years and am worried about the depreciation on the Enclave vs. the highlander. If I can't get close to invoice, I will get an Enclave, as I have not had a problem with any of the dealers willing to sell near invoice for the buick.
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    I don't think anyone should buy or not buy a car based on what they read on an internet message board.

    Go test drive the cars, multiple times if necessary. The Highlander is a very nice car but I think that it's priced a bit high for what it delivers. MDX is a "luxo" car that delivers better performance than Highlander for not a whole lot more money (depending on what features you need).

    The big appeal to us on the Highlander was the gas mileage and "lower prices" of a comparably equipped Highlander to MDX. The new Highlander is VERY nice but you can see where they cut some things like nicer interior materials, driver seat memory, etc, so that they didn't make the Lexus people mad. For $40K that a Highlander with Nav goes for it should include driver seat memory, HID lights and better interior materials in my opinion. I was very disappointed by the steering response but maybe that was just the car we drove.

    If dealers will only sell at sticker though, and you can get a discount on the competitor model the situation changes.

    Highlander is still on our short list, and we've got lots of time to make a decision, but at this time I'm leaning more towards MDX.
  • carstuff1carstuff1 Posts: 3
    Depends on what your needs and desires are. I'd recommend you actually go see one and test drive it, both the base and the limited. Then check out the MDX and other similar cars in the class. The 08 HL is not cheap, and dealers are not willing to deal (yet), except for the occasional courtesy discount off MSRP. I love the one I just bought, because it fits my needs perfectly but I was also willing to pay the "premium" to have it now rather than wait till demand cools. As for the Rear DVD, I don't have an explanation but it was curious that my salesman suggested I go to Best Buy or another car audio store rather than order one from them, as I "would get a better price". Hmmmm... a car salesman walking away from a juicy profit opprtunity... is he really trying to do me a favor or do I smell a fish? :)
  • drfilldrfill Posts: 2,484
    Neither is the Enclave. It's a full-size.

    Direct competitors (mid-sized, car-based SUV) include Pilot, Edge, Murano, Veracruz, and CX-9. These vehicles are of similar size, power, price, and economy.

  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    Entry level MDX is $39,900 and it stacks right up to HL in the features department, offering everything HL does at that price other than navigation and the smart key / entry.

    Luxo means nothing but what features a vehicle comes with, as evidenced by the MDX taking sales away from Pilot which is getting seriously long in the tooth.
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    Toyota has a great track record but I usually don't buy 1st year new models. I typically by 3rd year models as they've ironed out the kinks. I might make an exception with the HH, you never know.
  • scottgbwiscottgbwi Posts: 85
    Flipwilson, regarding the Green Bay dealership. I think it all depends on the sales guy you get. I have been working w/a sales guy there who didn't bash other vehicles I said I was going to test drive. After I drove the limited version he told me that it had just sold for about $1500 under asking price. I haven't made a purchase yet, but so far my impressions have been favorable. Good luck with your enclave.
  • miacar07miacar07 Posts: 28
    I'ved looked at the MDX, but it's too pricey for the features and options that i want.
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 262
    Ya, if you get it loaded up it gets really expensive. Still, if you don't need NAV and rear seat entertainment it has virtually everything else most buyers would want for under $40K.
  • nxs138nxs138 Posts: 481
    The MDX becomes very interesting as long as you can get it near invoice, and as long as Highlander prices remain near MSRP: MDX base model (no NAV, no DVD) is about $36k invoice price, and $41k loaded with NAV and DVD. With similar options, the Highlander limited creeps near $41k MSRP.

    But as soon as the Highlander prices start plumetting, the $41k Highlander becomes a $36k Highlander near invoice price.
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