About Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander, also called as Toyota Kluger, is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Toyota since 2000. The first Toyota Highlander was released in 2000 at the New York Auto Show. As one of the best-selling SUV for Toyota, it has been produced through three generations.
The second generation Toyota Highlander (XU40; 2007-2013), along with Highlander Hybrid was unveiled at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. There were three trim levels offered in Toyota Highlander included Base, Sport (replaced by SE until 2010) and Limited. Toyota Highlander was powered by a 2.7 L inline 4-cylinder engine and a 3.5 L V6 engine while Highlander Hybrid was powered by a 3.3 L and a 3.5 L V6 hybrid engine. On March 2, 2013, the third generation Toyota Highlander (XU50; 2013-present) was released at the New York International Auto Show. It also offers three trim levels: Base, SE and Limited. Engine options vary from 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine exclusive for Chinese market, 2.7 L inline 4-cylinder engine to 3.5 L V6 and 3.5 L V6 exclusive for hybrid version engines. Available transmissions are 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Toyota Highlander Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Like any other SUVs, Toyota Highlander needs to deal with difficult and terrible driving road conditions. We have collected some common problems and solutions from experienced Highlander drivers to help more owners maintain their vehicles:
First, engine performance degraded. In general, Highlander owners stated that the engine performance suffered like misfiring, slow acceleration, decreased gas mileage or poor fuel economy. What's more, drivers found that it became harder to start the vehicle. For your Toyota Highlander's lifespan, if you suspect it is experiencing same problem, you can get the oil filter, spark plug and air filter inspected and get new replacements.
Second, suspension and braking system failed. The common symptoms on Toyota Highlander included vehicle titling to one side, uneven tire wear, bouncing while driving and bottoming out and sometimes it would give out rattling or squeaking noises. You had better check your coil springs and sway bar bushing if similar symptoms happen to your Highlander. And braking system failure was often caused by broken brake pad set, bad brake disc or failed brake drum.
In order to keep Toyota Highlander at the prime condition all the time, some easily ignored auto parts should also get routine maintenance. For example, seat belt as an important auto part even a life saver when encountering sudden movement should get new replacement after every car accident. And cabin air filter could vent fresh air while driving, it is vital in creating comfortable driving environment. And wiper arm, as the key part of windshield wiper, also should get maintenance if wipers could not sweep debris on windscreen easily and completely.
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