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Toyota Highlander 2004 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Highlander blends the virtues that appeal to most SUV buyers. It's similar to the Lexus RX330, though roomier and less costly. A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is standard; a smooth 3.3-liter V6 replaced the 3.0 in V6 models. The Highlander is quiet and roomy, with a comfortable ride and easy-to-use controls. Handling is responsive and secure. An optional DVD rear-entertainment system arrived in 2003. Good offset-crash-test results as well as excellent reliability, owner satisfaction, and low depreciation round out this highly rated SUV. A small third-row seat is optional for 2004, and a hybrid arrives for 2005.

See Reliability page for the latest 2004 Toyota Highlander recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. ESC available, standard from 2004. Side air bags available, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.

Road Test

The well-rounded Toyota Highlander has always been one of our top-rated SUVs. For the 2004 model year, the Highlander received a larger V6 engine and a small third-row seat capable of accommodating two children in a pinch. This Highlander was quicker...


  • Powertrain, access, ride, fuel economy, controls, standard stability control, optional third-row seat, crash tests.


  • Agility.


2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (230 hp)