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2013 and Earlier - Toyota Highlander Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • jamnettjamnett Posts: 3
    Sorry for the delay. I do not check the forum much after my purchase.

    anthony921--- Sunrise Toyota on Sunrise Hwy in Oakdale Long Island.

    They were great from start to finish. No ad ons and no fees. They even beat my Capital One financing at 4.9%
    (Yes, I did get the Mftr rebate as well) Highlander Limited V6 4WD with all except NAV. $30,700. Only fees were NYS registration and Inspection and NYS sales tax.

    They did have the $45 doc fee that is pre-printed on the form, but I didn't object because I got such a low price.
    Confirmed it was just over $300 less than invoice.
    They also include the 1st 7 oil changes for free. ($210 value)

    No other dealer would come close to this deal. Closest I got was $800 more.

    Good Luck.
  • To: jimpadres
    Wow, I'd be jumping for joy if I could get any 06 HL for under $20K in south MS/LA. I can't get a base model for less than $23K. Is there a huge incentive there right now or is that how low the Highlanders are running there? :)
  • giraldogiraldo Posts: 16
    I'm looking to buy a highlander but i want the 4cyl and 7 passanger seating config. Is it still offered new? If not, What years were they available. And i'm in no rush to buy, when is a good time to buy.
    I was looking at the rav4 7 passanger, but no way any adult can fit in there comfortably.
  • forthillforthill Posts: 35
    I'm in a similar situation. I have a 1999 ML320 I want to trade when I purchase a new Highlander. What year ML did you trade in and do you think you got a 'fair' price for it?
    I'm worried that the dealer will try and offer some miniscule amount for my ML, although it does have the optional 3rd row seats.

  • jimpadresjimpadres Posts: 3
    The list on the car was $26,134. We pulled out the newspaper ad and said we wanted the ad car (lost leader) price and they sold us the car for $19,999. That's how I bought my last four cars, I can't stand trying to negotiate DOWN. Just bring in the ad with the loss leader price and buy. Cuts down the time involved with buying a car IMHO. We always pay cash so I think that makes it simpler too. Good luck.
  • nomorebenznomorebenz Posts: 109
    Sorry to have mislead you. I actually returned my MLs off of leases. I have been leasing since the 2000 model. That being said, I did prefer the handling of the earlier ML's. After glancing at the NADA guide, I could see you getting around 12K as a trade in, give or take.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Believe it's still offered but Toyota may not offer it in your zipcode. 7 passenger option started 2004 model year. 4 cyl 7 passenger option is only with FWD not AWD. Check Toyota website under Build Your Own to see whether it's available for your area. The Highlander 3rd seat is not very big either.
  • anthony921anthony921 Posts: 40
    Thanks very much for the valuable information ! :)

    And best of luck with your new Highlander ! :)

    Anthony :shades:
  • carsnutcarsnut Posts: 1
    I'm new to this site, so please be patient with me.
    I'm looking to buy a Highlander 4x4 V6 with basically:
    -Rear side heated mirror
    -Rear side privacy glass
    I'm interesting to new if anyone can help me with the buying price in MA, and name of the deadership. Thus far I got one quote for 24.5k, and am not sure if it's the lowest price.
    Thanks all.
  • dan bitmandan bitman Posts: 158
    One thing I really like about Toyota is even their basic model is fully equipped
    depends what you mean by "fully".
    Basic Honda LX CRV has STANDARD CURTAIN AIRBAGS, AND 5 SPD AUTO TRANNY, for $3000 less.
    Way preferable then tinted glass, mud something and floor mats...
    Now that's a "fully" equipped basic model, IMHO
  • treynardtreynard Posts: 12
    :confuse: A couple of messages referred to a $2,000 rebate, and some messages suggest total discounts in excess of $4,000 on new Highlanders. What's the story on $2,000 rebates? I thought the rebate is only $700. My local Toyota sales rep says he's never heard of rebates on that scale, or discounts in excess of $4,000. So, I'm puzzled. The best deal I've been able to find is just over $2,000 off sticker price, which includes discount and rebate. Is (or was) there a true $2,000 Highlander rebate? Any details would be appreciated. Thanks. Reynard
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,824
    It looks like $1500 on most of the models that I checked..

    Incentives & Rebates:
    Toyota Highlander Styles

    I used a California zip to get those... It might vary by region..


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  • mokiavellimokiavelli Posts: 55
    There is a $1,500 rebate on Highlanders in California. You can go to the Toyota website to check on local rebates in your area. $4,000 discount on Highlanders is not that outrageous. In fact, I got a $4,000 discount on a Highlander Hybrid earlier this week. So, a gas Highlander, with the rebate should make a $4,000 disocunt very possibile.
  • treynardtreynard Posts: 12
    Just checked the incentives again, and the Highlander rebate is only $700 in Minnesota. That's not good enough in today's marketplace, at least in my opinion. If I could get a total $4,000 break on an '06 Highlander, I'd probably buy it. There are just too many other, higher incentives available. Especially when you consider that most 2007 models should be here in 2 or 3 months ... and the Highlander is due for a total makeover. Reynard
  • megoo98megoo98 Posts: 1
    Just bought our (almost) fully loaded 4x4 v6 limited HL (no NAV, no DVD system). Never had a toyota before but I'm under the impression that they really don't need the interior protection, paint protection, undercarriage finish, and extended warranty- basically everything they hit you with at the end of the sale. Dealer gave us 5 days to consider/research to makeup our minds. What do you think? If you did purchase these, do you feel they were worth it or a waste of money?

    An aside- I purchased all of the extras for my 02 ford focus and feel like I wasted my money. It now has 47k miles on it and I haven't really seen a bang for my buck. Of course this is why we are on the fence about purchasing these for our HL.

  • rcegglrceggl Posts: 31
    I have had the paint protection on two vehicles and believe it was a waste of money. Yeah, I know, why the second one? The warranty they are trying to sell you can be purchased at other dealers, possibly for a better price and you have a while to make that decision. Indeed, there is a good chance you can get them to come down in price on the extended warranty. Remember, there are many different extended warranties, don't let them change what they they are selling you.

    Good luck.------oh, interior protection---NO
  • Jim,

    Could you please explain what is a "loss leader price"? Is it the price the dealers advertise in weekend newspaper with "4 at this price"? Also which Toyota dealer did you buy it from?
    Did you get to pick the color and options you wanted? Appreciate your feedback.
  • jimpadresjimpadres Posts: 3
    Yes, it's the price "4 at this price" or whatever. No choice on colors or options, they must publish the VIN as this is regulated by the state. Who cares at over $6,000 off the sticker price. I got the color I wanted anyway.
    And Dan you might think the Honda CRV is "fully loaded" but the problem is that you have to drive around town in a Honda CRV--my kids told me that would be most embarassing.
  • $21500 before TTL
    2005 HL, 15700 Miles 6 cyl. Alloys wheels
    Excellent condition

    Bought it from the dealership and I think, well I'm sure, I was way overcharged for the extended warranty. It was 72/75. Before I tell how much I paid can anyone tell me if you think I got a good price on the car and how much should I have paid for the warranty. Also are there any steps I can take righting the wrong on them overcharging me on the price of the warranty. I'll respond later on how much.
    BTW I live in Houston
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