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2004 Toyota Highlander

2004 Toyota Highlander

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How do you improve upon an SUV that is already one of the best values in its class? How about a midlife update that essentially creates a whole new level of style and comfort? Well, that was the question Toyota was faced with; and that was the answer they came up with.

The 2004 Toyota Highlander can best be described as a midsize sport utility version of Toyota's Camry sedan. It also shares its underskin structure with the Lexus RX 330, a V6 five-passenger luxury SUV from Toyota's premium division.

The 2004 Toyota Highlander gets the RX 330's engine, providing it with quite a bit more jump out of the gate.

Available Models
The 2004 Toyota Highlander is offered a base model and a Limited model.

Interior Features
The 2004 Toyota Highlander doesn't just brag about being more capable, it is. The SUV now seats up to seven with a two-passenger third-row seat, which folds flush into the floor. The Highlander offers 81.4 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Base models are quite nice. Entry-level Toyota Highlanders with the new third-row seat also get a rear heater and rear privacy glass. Limited models are filled with premium appointments. Some of the things found inside include automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, heated power mirrors and a JBL sound system.

For 2004, the Highlander gets its first navigation and rear DVD entertainment options. A sunroof, heated seats and leather upholstery are also optional.

Exterior Features
A full-size spare tire is standard. Base models have 225/70R16 tires. Limited models have 225/65R17 tires and alloy wheels. They also include a rear spoiler, fog lights and a roof rack.

The engine the 2004 Toyota Highlander shares with the Lexus RX 330 is a 3.3-liter V6 model. The sophisticated powertrain pumps out up to 230 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 242 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.

The other engine is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder model. It produces 160 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 165 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

Models powered by the new V6 use a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both engines team with front drive or all-wheel drive without low-range gearing.

Safety and Security
Newly available curtain side airbags cover the first and second seating rows and include front torso side airbags. Also newly standard is a tire-pressure monitor. Traction control, an antiskid system and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard.

Fast Stats
5 or 7
MSRP from
2.4L I4
3.3L V6
160 @ 5700
230 @ 5800
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
I4 2WD: 22/27
I4 4WD: 21/25
V6 2WD: 19/25
V6 4WD: 18/24

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