This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertrains to boost engine performance as well as fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.
Road Test

This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertrains to boost engine performance as well as fuel economy. The result was significantly quicker acceleration, coupled with cleaner emissions and a moderate increase in fuel economy when compared to their conventional versions. Highlander Hybrid's 22-mpg was among the best we'd seen in a midsized SUV up to that point. Overall, the Highlander Hybrid provides an inviting blend of performance, fuel economy, comfort, and features, but it comes at a higher price.

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

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (155 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (215 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Toyota Highlander owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Vibration during normal stopping"

Ted C., NM (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"System failure that required entire system to be replaced. Toyota claimed it was not a recall issue even though it has been a frequent problem"

Fred W., PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"The caliper was bent and had to be replaced"

Kevin H., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"one side locked up"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Right front caliper seized up and ruined the rotor and brake pads"

Michael W., PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The right front caliper froze up and it was a costly repair. i haven't seen that on my american truck with more mileage"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Right-front caliper seized"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Freezing up quite regularly after 20000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"rear seized up, even though car is garaged"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The right front caliper and the both rear calipers were sticking"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers became misaligned and there was uneven wear on the rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"all calipers frozen due to corrosion. All replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Just recently, May 2015, the front left caliper froze up and was replaced"

Robert M., CT (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"seized calliper damaged lines and had to repair both sides"

Jack D., ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"leaking fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"4 frozen calipers despite changing brake fluid per manual"

John G., MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Air diaphragm in power brake master cylinder failed precipitously making vehicle virtually undriveable. Entire unit replaced and was very expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking brake fluid from housing"

Robert W., AZ (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"pads wear quickly causing rotor repairs"

Patrick F., MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Normal wear/tear due to mostly urban travel"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Normal wear, had to replace front brakes"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"simply needed front andrear brakes"

William B., AZ (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear on brakes"

Anonymous, WV (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had been 4 years since front brakes had been replaced and I consider this to be normal"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Front end shimmy when braking. A dealer and an independent shop failed to correct problem - 2nd dealer finally solved it"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced brake rotors and pads"

Michael A., NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced front and rear brake pads only"

Daniel A., ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Nothing special. Normal brake wear"

Robert M., CT (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced brake pads and turned rotors at 65000 miles. routine maintenance"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking Brake frozen from lack of use. Requirement of NYS inspection"

P M., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"After years of non-use, my son used the brake for two weeks. The system corroded and crumbled away. I must replace it at inspection time"

Robert K., NH (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Parking brake would not engage. Had to replace it"

Brian N., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Needed two rotors, grinding and new pads all around at about 28000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"I just replaced the pad,s they had only 118.000 miles on them On two previous owned Camry,s I had well over 249000 on one and 219000 on the other and still did not need pad replacement"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Advanced rusting caused the "freezing" of the rear brakes (replacement of pads and rotors and free up of the caliper pins)"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The rear brakes of the car seemed to abnormally rusty and I feel that the brakes and rear wheel bearing needed to be replaced earlier than they should"

Vance N., MI (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"One pad wearing prematurely"

Loiry A., MN (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Had the brakes done last July. needed to be done but the mechanic did a poor job and did not clean the pins that hold the pads. The result was that one of the rear bads wore out this winter. Work was guaranteed for a year but I was in California and"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Premature brake pad failure due to frozen caliper"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"leaking break fluid"

Robert W., AZ (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Rotors

"Rotors have been turned and new pads put on, but breaking still generates a grinding sound"

Paul A., CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hub and Bering replaced in 2014 then same one replaced again in 2015. Rear"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors wore out. Had to replaced"

Brian N., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"The breaking system routinely makes a grinding noise even after new pads and rotor work"

Paul A., CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes chirp. It's a know TSB, but not covered under warranty. Apparently, brakes need to be bled and this is a few hrs of labor"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"noisy wheel bearing. replaced ok now"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes were squeaking. The brake pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water pump seal was seeping and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced water pump due to failure. However, the car has 90,000 miles on it, so one can expect this type of repair at this mileage"

Anonymous, SD (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace water pupm"

Justin L., IN (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced the radiator"

J K., OR (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Wind noise around mirror"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Air leaks from poor accident repair"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"sun roof leaking"

William H., MS (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator-fixed now"

James Y., PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Window assembly in driver's door rattles inside door panel. Appears to be a design flaw with no fix"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"For the past 5 years (since we bought it), the glove box has rattled. There is also something under the back seat that rattles over bumps"

Kris W., TX (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"There a knock in the engine compartment. It is not the gas engine because it persists even when the engine is not running and the electric drive is driving the vehicle"

Anonymous, BC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Clunking in rear of vehicle when hitting bumps!"

Eric L., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Can't pinpoint the source. The vehicle has high road inside at highway speeds anyway"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rattle on passenger door area"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Considerable wind noise above 30mph"

Anonymous, MS (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Window seals worn"

Anonymous, SC (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had wind noise issue within 2 yrs of ownership. Very difficult to listen to radio due to that"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the door seal on the driver side door is worn- gives a high pitched whistle at highway speeds and can be distracting on long trips"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Has always been a window wind noise"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"In less than 5,000 miles, a set of very expensive tires were ruined by it going out of alignment. My mechanic gave me a new set at wholesale price, but I still wasn't happy it could be so out of alignment in such a short time and trash the tires so"

D D., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Ball joints

"Ruptured boots required replacement of the lower ball joints"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"severe vibration made the car undriveable"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"not sure"

Dennis P., RI (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering pump was leaking and teplaced"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Lots of vibration and general rough ride"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace front and looks like rear need to be replaced as well"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Stunts caused uneven tire wear on 2 year old tires. Pall 4 struts and tires had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Seem to have developed leaks prematurely"

Anonymous, SK (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Struts need replacement after 100000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Tires were loud and wearing unevenly and the major cause was determined to be the struts. Replaced all 4 struts and 4 tires"

Robert M., CT (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The struts are starting to leak. There apparently was a recall for this, but this car didn't get it done before I purchased it. The dealer tells me that the fix for the leaking struts will cost in the area of $1,000 to fix. This includes replacing the struts and then doing a whole-vehicle alignment. Tat's pretty damned expensive for what's supposed to be a good car"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I don't think the rack and pinion should be going out at this mileage. We've been disappointed overall in this cars reliability"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Incredibly bad vibration on multiple occasions even after being fixed"

Anonymous, AE (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Noticed tires were starting to wear unevenly and took the car to the mechanic. He stated that the struts were worn our affecting tire wear. After 212,000 miles some maintenance seems acceptable"

F H., CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2 year old Costco tires had to be replaced because of struts"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering pump and had to be replaced. Steering fluid had been leaking"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"wobbly wheel causing car to be abandoned overnight. aaaaaaaareplacement bearing was faulty and had to be replaced"

Alan B., ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"wear and tear requiring replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"I cannot recall what the reason was for the leak but it was inexpensive to repair"

Anonymous, IA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A coolant bypass hose that was impossible to see and very difficult to reach-if I had known it was there-failed and blew out all the coolant while I was driving. I couldn't see it leak, and since there was no coolant, the engine temp. sensor didn't warn me either. The engine overheated, blew the head gasket, and both heads warped beyond repair"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Radiator

"cracked and leaked after 120k miles, normal wear & tear item not necessarily a design flaw or Toyota's fault"

Bryan D., SC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"radiator had a leak and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Needs replacement...$1000"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Leaking water pump"

Gregory D., CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Started leaking with just over 50K miles. Expensive to repair at dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump started leaking at 88k miles. Did timing belt earlier than needed"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Leaking water pump at about 100k miles. Was replaced at the same time as the timing belt. Seemed like a costly repair"

John O., WA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"started leaking"

Richard S., WA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Dealer said it was leaking, recommended new water pump and timing chain. I don't remember seeing any leaks or having any engine problems. Personally, I think the dealer was just trying to con me out of some money, since they found several other dubious sounding problems which have never needed repair"

Bob G., FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"bad repaint job on on driver's door"

Dennis P., RI (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"paint peeling on grill"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"top to roof fading and paint crackinhg, front grille is fading and loosing it's paint in "patches' it look really bad"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper mounts (in the wheel well) came loose and the flex started to split and peel the paint"

Anonymous, BC (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"the clear coat is peeling away around the driver side door window- almost to the point of bare metal exposure"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The hood of the car has the paint peeling off. Paint peels just by running a strong hose during normal washing. Never has been in an accident or repainted - this is the factory paint. Color White. This happens across the whole hood, not just the front where rocks and road debris may have hit it"

Richard C., FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"clear coat on top of car and grill failed - paint on the grill came off, paint on top of the car turned that whitish color and got rough"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"From the very beginning, this car has had serious rust issues. The dealer has worked with us and a third-party body shop to address the door rust, but the car is old enough now that the rust is worse than other Highlanders I've seen in the area"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Lower seal of rear window"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Some of the places where the paint is peeling off the hood are starting to show signs of rust"

Richard C., FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"6-disc CD changer stopped working after ~6 years and >100k miles. ~$800 to replace with OEM, have not replaced"

Bryan D., SC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"changing from one cd to next"

Anonymous, NM (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Starts very faded and not very clear"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Can't set second phone"

David C., BC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Radio

"AM reception has static. FM is OK"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The Radio keeps turning on by itself. This happens several times a week. Also, the speakers no longer have good sound - this is a premium speaker system"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Screen get messed up and can't read it"

Chris E., GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control requires excessive brake pedal pressure to disengage. Dealer says it is the same as other Highlanders he tested against. Other vehicles I own only require slight toe-tap to disengage"

Anonymous, MS (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Flat tire sensor comes on almost every trip (when the tire is fine)"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Broken left axle"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The left rear axel started making noise I replaced it with after market part problem solved"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced both rear axle wheel bearings @ $900 & approx. 100,000 miles - Had to replace RR again less than 1 year later"

Brian E., MI (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The axle housing seals were leaking. In the process of removing the axle, the Toyota dealer shop broke it. They replaced it with a new axle. At the next oil change, the housing was leaking again. This time they replaced the seals successfully"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"oil leaks"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Flex disc ruptured. Second occurrence. Failed previously in 2013"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Alternator failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Warning lights kept going on and dealer said it was no problem. Turns out the hybrid battery needed to be replaced. Luckily it had an 8 year warranty and we got a real diagnosis of the problem just in time"

Andrew M., ON (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Differential

"Leaking fluid"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Didn't know there was a problem with the alternator, until I had problems starting the vehicle and there was a burning smell coming from the engine. Very glad I made it back home from visiting family 450 miles away (one way distance)"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator stopped working. This is the second time it had to be replaced on that car. It was a part from Pep Boys, and they gave me a new one free on warranty"

Gary M., IL (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"My Sport trim had the optional heavy duty alternator with tow package. Failed"

John G., MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Loss of charge ability"

Gregory D., CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"hybrid recharging constant noise that eventually had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Coil

"Caused car to quit suddenly and had to be towed to dealership. Repairs $1500 and occurred about 2 months after extended warranty expired"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Starter

"Starter assembly was replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Passenger door actuator failed"

Marie K., IN (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Lock on front passenger door stopped working for unknown reason and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"Water leaking into the interior, driver side"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Sunroof does not move back into closed position without a lot of fiddling with control switch"

James U., TX (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"gas lift cylinders failed. Covered by ext warranty, but would've cost about $460 w/o coverage"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Master control module for windows broke"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Driver side rear window does not operate"

James U., TX (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"We have been advised that at 270,000 km we needed to rebuild the top of our engine for about $7,500 CD. Selling it for salvage"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Water pump replacement, idlers, pulleys changed with timing belt change"

James S., NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"routine 90000 mile replacement. No previous problems with timing belt"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"At the time the alternator was changed the mechanic noticed ware on the drive belt and suggested it be changed at the same time"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 145K miles the belt broke. The engine wasn't damaged but the belt was replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Cylinder head

"Both heads warped beyond repair due to a failed coolant hose that blew out all the coolant at once while driving"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The A/C compressor failed and had to be replaced"

Earl R., TX (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The compressor stopped working and no cold air was being circulated"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a "squeal" in the pulley on the compressor. Bad bearings. Had to replace the compressor"

R R., CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"AC Shuts down when going over minor standing water"

Richard C., FL (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Not sure, but don't get cold air. I think i had to get this recharged a couple of years ago, so assume its the same thing- haven't had time to take to mechanic"

Toni J., KS (2007 Toyota Highlander Base Unsure)
Automatic climate control

"Heater temperature control does not work. $1200 to repair"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Precaution replacements"

James S., NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Routine preventative maintenance- replaced timing belt"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"This car lunges forward when excelerating , this has been identified by many owners but denied to exist when brought to the dealership. I have learned to anticipate the lunge during exceleration as not to rear end the cars in front of me"

Andrew G., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"oil pan was rotting, leaking oil"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"the rear main engine seal began to leak, will cost about $1500 to replace"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Internal metal rusted and loosened. Caused rattles and ultimately needed replacing"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"They would cause the check engine light to come on. Then go out. It got to the point the check engine lights wouldn't go out. Had to replace both of them so I could pass the emissions test. Did not effect the performance of the car one way or the other"

J A., CO (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"The gasket in front of the catalytic converter was leaking and was replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"broken support"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"rust"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Headlights went bad a couple of times in the same year. The assembly had to be replaced after the third outage"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right headlight has burned our about 4 times during the life of the car"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"At times, the power door locks have not locked . when the sounds indicated that it had. We now confirm that the doors are locked"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Frequently the tire pressure warning light comes on for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"left rear sidelight developed bad bulb contact so light went out"

Anonymous, BC (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"The problem: "Transmission Fluid or Gear Oil Seepage from Transfer Case Vent (AWD)" re T-SB-0138-10. My car had 84,955 miles. Toyota refused coverage. This is a FIRE HAZARD as the fluid was leaking onto the exhaust pipe! $2,011 STUPID ENGINEERING"

Linda C., GA (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Transfer case developed a leak because the seal cracked due to high heat near it. Ended up having to replace the transfer case. Our transmission mechanic says this is something these cars are known for. They keep an eye on it when their customers bring in their cars for service so they can catch the leak before there is damage. They are keeping an eye on it for me now because I have them check it a couple of times a year. Because the dealer had cleaned the underside so well, the leak was no"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed at 36,901 in 2011 but was fully covered under Toyota extended warranty"

William S., NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Transfer case had a slow leak caused by cracked seal from too much heat. Transmission fluid leaked out gradually. By the time I realized it, the transfer case was ruined and had to be replaced. I got a used/reconditioned one. This is a problem our transmission mechanic says is common so they keep an eye on it for their customers. I take it in a couple times a year now just for that to be checked. Because the dealer had cleaned the underside so well, the leak was not spotted"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"evaporative charcoal canister malfunctioned, causing engine light to come on. Repair covered by ext warranty, but would've cost approx. $1200 w/o coverage"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
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