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2003 Toyota Highlander

2003 Toyota Highlander
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The 2003 Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV based on the Camry platform but making a significant mark for itself as a popular versatile family-oriented vehicle. With all the advantages of the SUV class, that is, visibility, off-road and adverse terrain capability, roominess and safety, the Highlander is a popular choice that definitely fulfils an important role for Toyota in their line-up.

Unlike the 4Runner, with a bias toward rugged work-horse utility, the 2003 Toyota Highlander is like a luxury sedan with more abilities. Based on a unibody platform with four-wheel independent suspension, this vehicle also has a tight, quiet ride and the 37.4-foot turning circle makes it easy to manoeuvre. The Highlander is available in six configurations with two engines and two drive systems and it has been rated one of the highest quality mid-size SUVs on the market.

Available Models
The 2003 Toyota Highlander comes in six different forms. First there is a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines and either 2 or all-wheel drive. Then, on the V6 you can choose between the base or up-level Limited version, with significantly increased standard content.

Interior Features
A Highlander buyer is looking for sedan comfort with SUV capability and so Toyota has offered generous standard equipment levels on the base version. The lengthy equipment list includes defroster-linked air conditioning with a cabin air filter, UV reduction glass, power windows and door locks, cruise control, a 3-in-1 AM/FM/ETR cassette/CD sound system with six speakers and variable intermittent windshield wipers. And these are just highlights.

The 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited models add an automatic climate control system with multi-function display, a JBL premium 3-in-1 audio system with eight speakers, a power drivers seat with eight-way adjustment plus lumbar, a HomeLink® universal remote control system, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, chestnut wood-grain style interior trim, leather-covered shift knob and steering wheel, color-keyed rear spoiler, and additional amenities.

Exterior Features
The base model 2003 Toyota Highlander is already equipped with bold Highlander style but an upgrade to the Limited version adds some interesting features to the exterior. Aluminium wheels (including a full-size aluminium spare wheel), a roof rack, integrated fog lights and rear privacy glass are all part of the offering.

Performance
The 2003 Toyota Highlander has a four-cylinder 2.4-liter dohc engine with variable valve timing (VVT-i) that produces 155 hp at 5600rpm and 163 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4000. A move up to the V6 gets the same VVT-i system but it manages a 3.0-liter dohc powerplant with 220 horsepower at 5800 and 222 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4400.

VVT-i ensures an even and efficient application of power anywhere in the engine ranges and both have EPA certification as Low Emission Vehicles and both are teamed exclusively with a four-speed electronic automatic transmission.

2WD (rear) or AWD platforms are available for either engine. Toyota's AWD system employs a bevel-gear center differential with a viscous coupling to divide engine power between front and rear as needed front and rear.

Safety and Security
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, dual front airbags and daytime running lights are standard equipment. Optional add-ons include front- and curtain-side airbags.

2003 Toyota Highlander Highlights

The Highlander is based on a unibody platform with four-wheel independent suspension. This type of construction provides a tight, quiet ride like that expected in a high-quality mid-size sedan. Its higher ride height provides a command view of the road, and a tight 37.4-foot turning circle makes it easy to maneuver.
The Toyota Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) system with traction control (TRAC) is available as an option with either drive system. The VSC system helps keep the vehicle going on its intended course by detecting front-wheel slide and rear-wheel slide during cornering and attempting to control either condition with torque throttle intervention and/or by braking individual wheels.
High-value content is a Toyota cornerstone, and the Highlander lives up to that reputation. The lengthy standard equipment list includes defroster-linked air conditioning with a cabin air filter, UV reduction glass, power windows and door locks, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, a 3-in-1 AM/FM/ETR cassette/CD sound system with six speakers and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

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Fast Stats
Seats
5
MSRP from
$24,390
Engine
2.4L 4-Cylinder
3.0L V6
Horsepower
155 @ 5,600
220 @ 5,800
Transmission
4-speed automatic
MPG: City/Hwy
2.4L 2WD: 22/27
2.4L 4WD: 19/24
3.0L 2WD: 19/23
3.0L 4WD: 18/22

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