The Toyota Highlander scores high for its refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, fuel economy, and flexible and roomy second-row seat. It's one of our top-scoring three-row SUVs, but it is not without its drawbacks. The third-row seat is tight. And while the handling is secure, it's not very agile.
Alerts
There are 10 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

The Toyota Highlander scores high for its refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, fuel economy, and flexible and roomy second-row seat. It's one of our top-scoring three-row SUVs, but it is not without its drawbacks. The third-row seat is tight. And while the handling is secure, it's not very agile.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (187 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (270 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota Highlander owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"tire pressure sensor failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Unable to see anything behind the car due to screen size a nd video quality. Screen remains blank for 5 to 10 seconds as the car is backing up which is extremely hazardous. Anything or a child could be behind the car !!"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"All the things that I clicked were related to ONE issue. They all went out at one time when the battery failed. AAA replaced the battery but these items were permanently affected. After about 3 weeks, all of a sudden the whole system booted up again. This after a trip to the dealer where repair/replacement would have been $2300, which we declined to do. My husband went to Best Buy to see if there was after market repair available and the answer was no. We were surprised and happy to discover it"

Cheryl C., OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Failed completely. Will not accept CDs,play them or eject them"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"CD changer 'ate' CD. Entire unit replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"same problem the amplifier"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rejects cd's in properly"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Problems in cold weather for a few years, finally failed completely this past winter"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"CD player occasionally malfunctioned: display beame hard to see, press random bottoms that would cause CD player ejecting all CDs in the CD player. I had the problem since purchase, but whenever I went to dealership, they could never find it since the incidences are rare. I have learned to live with it, but it is quite annoying"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Affected by the previous issue"

Cheryl C., OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Hard to see. Very small, poorly illuminated, hard to see under bright conditions"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"not USble due to reflections"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"It is the same issue. The amplifier affected the external device interface and the CD player"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Auxillary output not working"

Dan L., OR (2010 Toyota Highlander Base Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It's not intuitive"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"System has poor location ability based on address. Known addresses or streets fail to show and must be located manually using the map. System sometimes sends you off direct route an in circles. Voice controls are useless at recognizing my voice comm"

Donald W., NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"back up view not greatest"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Voice system is terrible and unusable"

Donald W., NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Blue tooth device beaped incesantly and had to be replaced early on"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Poor pairing and poor reception"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The blue tooth would not work, was not able to receive calls without a great amount of static"

Jim K., MI (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth pairing with phone not working"

Dan L., OR (2010 Toyota Highlander Base Unsure)
Radio

"Radio has been working 99% of the time but has not worked the other 1%. It has been going on since the car was purchased"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio stopped working (CD is integral part of radio). Radio was out of warranty. $1600 to replace radio. Installed aftermarket radio with GPS system for less$"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"there is no volume control. the radio, CD, bluetooth, and navigation system only play at full volume. Can not use any of those systems due to the lack of volume control"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Volume knob sporadically stops working. Display screen freezes or becomes a jumble of letters/numbers. Satellite radio stops working"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Toyota Highlander)

"Radio went out at 38000 miles. Since the car was over 2 years old, was not covered by warranty. With all the issues, feel Toyota does not stand behind their vehicles"

Bobbi R., IN (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Radio problems first intermittent then failed - was advised I needed a new radio and it wasn't covered under warranty. Changed to a refurbished radio and it still din't work so they did more tests and found it to be the amplifier a cost of over $1,00"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio works fine but gives static when I shift to a gear"

Stanley H., IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Amplifier went out. Toyota wanted over $5,000 to replace the entire entertainment system. This after owning the car about 5 years"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"problems with tuning of stations - knobs on radio are messed up and wont work properly"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The LCD display occasionally malfunctions"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"This is the second radio I have had installed by the dealership. Both this one, and the original, both experienced the same problem. The display goes "crazy" and looks like a row of triangles not showing the stations. The player will randomly eject the cd"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Cracked front passenger door speaker"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander)

"The speaker in the front passenger door failed. I purchased a replacement from Crutchfield"

Lucas K., MO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

"Rear cargo hatch "door open" alarm kept sounding though door was securely closed. Defective sensor in the door latch. Undriveable"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"When parked the alarm will go off for no reason. I must unlock car with remote to stop. Happens repeatedly while parked at same location"

Donald W., NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"Locks would not work with fob. Toyota wanted to charge me to replace the body control module whether it fixed the problem or not. It did fix it. I think it was the body control module"

Richard B., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Speed gauge stopped working"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Low beam burned out on right headlight"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the entire headlight fixture because of a broken plastic piece. The bulbs in both have burnt out very quickly"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The lightbulbs keep buring out every 4-6 months"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"trunk ajar signal said rear hatch was open when actually it was closed. Dealer found faulty switch and replaced it"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"There is a short somewhere in the electrical system which Toyota cannot find. 1/6 times my battery is dead in the morning"

Anonymous, AK (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Interior lights will not go one. Toyota will not do the work undery extended warenty and could not tell me how much it would cost to repair"

S P., PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure Unsure)

"Despite being turned off, light continued to drain battery. Switch had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Have to use key to open door and manually open all door locks"

Michael M., PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"rear door locks refuse to open"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Battery for the Key Fob would drain after 3-4 months continuously"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Remote control power door locks have gotten sporadic. $1,500 estimate to repair. Issues with doors vary"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace electric door lock actuators on 3 of 4 doors at over $500 each"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"It only works half the time yet the dealership says nothing is wrong and it always works for them"

Anonymous, AK (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"faulty sensor"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It will turn on during and is difficult to keep reset at times"

Maria M., SD (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"tire pressure monitor goes on periodically even though when tires are checked manually by dealer, the pressure is fine"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Goes on and stays on even when the tire pressure is correct for all tires"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"quit working in 2016. though occurred after installing new tires so could have been damaged by installer"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Toyota mechanic was unable to diagnosed the anti-skid light coming on while stopped. Took to another Toyota dealer and found the problem to be a corroded connector"

Lawrence S., IL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Persistent rear hatch warning indicating that the hatch is open when it is actually closed & latched. Dealer Cost to repair by replacing latch is $800. On-line comments indicate that the problem can be fixed by cleaning grease off latch mechanism, but dealer won't do this"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Warning light and bonging sound that the back hatch was open. Cost $800 to fix it at dealer"

Geo W., CA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear window wiper failed and drivers power window came off track Rear hatch gas shocks failed"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear power hatch control arm broke. Rear wiper has stopped working"

Donald W., NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear window washer has stopped working. Have managed not getting it repaired thus far but will have to see"

Justin B., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"The arm rest has broken clips on it. Not really a big problem, it still functions just a little saggy"

David S., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The electric door locks failed one at a time, on all 4 doors. Repairs from Toyota service were estimated to be over $500 per door for parts alone and another $200-$300 for labor per door. Total cost of $3000"

B B., CT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Driver side mirror stopped defrosting. Replaced under warranty"

Carol H., AB (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The power lift gate arm has detached twice due to a stripped male and female threads at the point it attaches to the gate. There seems to be no good way to replace/repair the nut welded to the interior of the gate body. I will likelly have to have it"

Phillip M., IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear hatch stuck. After opened by dealer the power lift gate no longer works and told it would require replacing entire lift gate at over $1400"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"water leak"

Hugh B., FL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear hatch will not open electrically from either the local or remote switch. Local mechanic indicates that there is a broken gear inside the rear hatch that is broken"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The back hatch can open with either the wholr door or the glass only. the glass only supports are jammed and the window won't open. The car has extended warranty and has been serviced regularly by Toyota and they won't cover the repair costs"

Thomas C., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The gas-assisted lifts on the tailgate do not raise the tailgate to full height, especially when the temperature is below 40F. Replacements are expensive!"

B B., CT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The arm connecting the tailgate to the tailgate operating motor broke away from the tailgate. To fix it, I had to drill and tap the hole in the tailgate and rethread the arm"

Lucas K., MO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota repaired the rear hatch of my Highlander as the hinge was separating from the frame and the auto-close feature of my rear hatch wasn't working. This caused 4 days of downtime on my car"

Blake B., OK (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Power tailgate lift stopped working, initially told it was not covered under warranty and would cost around 3 to 4 thousand dollars. After complaint to Toyota customer service, repaired for free"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rubber gasket (seal)around the opening of the tailgate has come off on several occasions. They finally used some type of very strong adhesive to hold it in place"

Rod D., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"repeated problems with automatic liftgate . .. toyota finally issued an extended warranty to fix our problem for free :)"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My rear automatic rear hatch does not close all the way. I changes the piston arms but did not fix. There is now a recall being planned"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Window has come off the track"

Charles S., KY (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers side window broke down inside door panel. Required ordering a new window, opening up door panel. Was an expensive fix right after purchasing car"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Toyota Highlander)

"window came off track"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The electric window has two bolts that hold it in place. They had loosen over the 6 years that we have had the vehicle and the window would hot close properly without help"

Michael G., MO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Dr window"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's window came loose from mounting and wouldn't raise or lower correctly"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger door window slipped off track more than once"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The bolt holding the electric window motor broke and required to be replaced"

Jay R., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bolt in driver side front window mechanism failed and caused inability of window to open or close"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Driver-side window went down and then would not fully close. Toyota dealer was basically non-responsive to the problem. Called our local auto shop who quickly addressed the issue-protecting the car from rain damage and fixing the problem days before the Toyota dealer could even look at it"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The passenger side strut support for the rear gate glass window became detached. It's a ball-and-socket design with a retainer clip that is not available as a replacment part. The only way to get the clip is with a new strut, which Toyota sells for $"

Phillip M., IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"RUBBER TRIM ON ROOF CAME OUT IN A DROSS WIND HAD TO REPOSS ION IT BSCK IN ItS GROVE COST OF REPAIR $0.00"

R D., MO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rubber trim on the roof came loose"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof Rubber Trim blows off all the time"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber molding around roof frame was loose. Required 2-3 trips to Toyota deal to finally secure molding"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The plastic molding in the rear bumper cover occasioanlly pops out when the bumper is wiped during washing. The rubber weather seal on one of the doors is coming loose"

Satnam B., CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Plasic molding not secure , lifts up during car wshing drying cycle. Local dealer when advised of problem, suggested get some silicon to sick the moldings down. Some service from a dealer for a 45K purchase"

Ray D., BC (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"End cap of driver's side step rail fell off when stepped on"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Roof trim comes loose"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Plastic fasteners for front bumper cracked and broke off. This made the bumper go askew. It was not from a physical impact but a fatigue of the plastic (probably from summer heat)"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rear view mirror won't stay up and driver armrest is loose"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"passenger side door arm rest comes loose and dealer refuses to recognize as a manufacturing defect. dealer wants owner to pay to replace entire interior door panel"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I put the same problem under both areas"

Rod D., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"passenger side armrest fails . . . toyota must know how widespread this problem is on highlanders. extended warranty needed"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers door arm rest loose"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The sun visor has gotten so loose it will not stay and the vanity light in sun visor no longer works and the hardware that releases the center row seat broke"

Jay R., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The 'spoiler' above the rear window with the light in it has peeled off down to the plastic. I was told it was not covered under my extended warranty. I was given the name of a body shop that seems quite reasonable. I have not fixed it as yet. Th"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Front bumper has accumulated rock chips and some pealing over time. Where practical I've used factory paint to touchup rock chips, bump looks worse than if I'd not bothered"

Carol H., AB (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Seems to be very easy to scratch the paint"

Jeffrey D., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"surface rust on back hatch on a high end 4 year old car"

Thomas C., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My car has rust spots all over. They start small and then fester from underneath the paint and eventually get bigger"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Has rust spots on tail gate and the roof , just above the windscreen"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"wind noise at 60 mph around window"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"windshield has developed a minor leak"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Drain for Moon Roof became blocked allowing water to come into the driver's foot well"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Sun roof leaks"

James L., LA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I'm not sure if this is the right category, but the rubber stripping in the roof rack channels is continually coming loose and causing vibration noise at highway speed. It's been a problem for at least three years now"

Phillip M., IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"I get a rattling noise under the dashboard at all times while driving"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear hatch lock Assembly"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Have a continuous popping sound that starts any time I drive 60 or over on an open highway"

Bobbi R., IN (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"a rattle on the right front of the vehicle"

Joseph R., KS (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Car quality, not assembled well"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the air conditioner blower makes noises at higher speeds"

Richard B., GA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"squeaks in dash unable to fix"

Terry D., MN (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Noise from back end. Mechanic baffled"

Anonymous, MP (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rattles from interior plastic parts -- dashboard, door panel"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in dash"

Alan A., CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"General interior body quality is not acceptable and has a lot of loose and poorly fitting parts. Outside luggage rack makes sounds at highway speed"

Mark H., MN (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in the dash that is very annoying. This is the 2nd one that has developed. 1st rattle I fixed myself by removing the entire center console. Currently rattle in the dash will likely require removing the entire dash to discover problem"

James S., GA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"It had squeaks and rattles in the dash board"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"In dash - a rattle occurs on right side of radio - the dash has never been disassembled for previous problems"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise comes from the windscheld from the day we bought the vehicle"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise from rear tail gate that does not close 100%"

Mike V., NJ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise by drivers window"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

"went bad--but almost 200,000 miles--not bad"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure Unsure)
Bushings

"bushings from suspensin"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"there is a noise that has been diagnosed by the dealer as worn out struts. They are replacing them today"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Front struts were replaced. They were completely out"

Christopher B., LA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Mandatory safety check showed struts were loose . Replaced under warranty"

Maynard B., NS (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Bras de suspension"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"There was a noise in the steering on hard right and left hand turns"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The steering wheel makes popping/knocking sounds when turned left or right at low speeds. It feels like as if something was loose. My mechanic told me that is the intermediate steering shaft that is making this noise and needs to be replaced"

Satnam B., CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermediate universal joint in steering wheel linkage was bad and "crunched" a lot"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"get "rubbing/grinding" noise whenever the steering is engaged at speeds above 45. Even when just driving straight with normal steering for crown of the road. Dealer could hear the noise but couldn't find problem so I was charged for an hour of labo"

Michael B., MT (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out steering part. Steering transmission shaft?"

Robert D., CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Surprised it failed so quickly. Technician at Toyota service told me this was a common problem with Highlanders"

Chris C., TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Intermediate steering shaft had loud "snap" when turning. Dealership fixed it. No problem now"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The front driver's side wheel causes noise and vibration at higher speeds (over 65). Rotation and rebalance temporarily reduces the issue¿and one wheel seems to be worse than the other when it's mounted on the front. Dealer checked it out and found no cause, but said next step would be to swap out rims with another vehicle to see if wheel(s) are the cause or if it's something else. Too expensive to pursue in my opinion. But very annoying on the highway"

Phillip M., IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace front wheel bearings on one side"

James M., GA (2010 Toyota Highlander)
Tie rods

"They are rusting apart"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Impossible to drive in snow as the brakes keep pulsing and stopping becomes dicy to say the least"

Charles B., CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Twice in the last 2 years received warning message about ABS brakes. Took in to Toyota and they could not find the problem each time. Sold me a new battery during the first visit and happened again! Feel ripped off!"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes replaced twice within 4.5 years"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Paid 1000 dlrs for rotors discs on all four at dealership"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Redo the brakes including the rotors and calipers. Seemed to be very expensive"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"First set of brakes since new"

Justin B., ON (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"slack in parking brake cable - could not be fully readjusted"

Jerry B., NY (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The caliper in the right rear wheel hung up. The break pad wore down and damaged the rotor"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads were gone in less than 45000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"replaced front pads & roaters & rear pads & roaters At 45000 againn at 63000 now at 8700 need rear pads & possibly roaters. I did purchase 100000 waranty for all pther non wear issues had a problem with anti theft alarm that would have cost 234"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replace front and rear brakes"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"I had the brake pads and rotors replaced 3 times between 40,000 miles and 88,000 miles. No unusual conditions or incidents. No problem ever found in the systems, just poor wear"

Gina D., KY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"outer half of the rotors were rusted away"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"wear, needed replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"overheating caused by head gasket problem"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

"water pump need replacement at 89000"

John M., WA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"SCREEN WENT BLANK AND DIED"

R D., MO (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bearings went out. Unit had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The water pump failed leading to overheating which warped the cylinder head and tore the head gasket"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"water pump bearing failure"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It made alot of noise"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Leak detected by the dealer and the pump was replaced"

Charles C., GA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

"Wheel bearing failed. Started making noise and had to be replaced"

Gail R., PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Axle replaced, found cracks"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had a ABS exciter ring break on a axle, $1100.00 repair because of the "part comes assembled, can't replace the $15.00 exciter ring.""

Gina D., KY (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Seal leaking"

Timothy H., PA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear differential seal leaked causing a total replacement of the rear end components. The leak was not detected during regular service by a certified Toyota mechanic"

Lawrence S., IL (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replace leaking rear pinion seal"

Anonymous, NE (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan started making squeaking noise. Replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

"rear ac area does not consistently blow air"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"The air from the A/C system smells bad/moldy.This is a well-known probelm in many Toyota models"

Eric L., CA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"seal in compressor cracked and needed replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Rear seat heat control does not work"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The computer board that controls the heater air mixer went out, resulting in heater air blowing on the driver's side but not the passenger side"

Robert F., CO (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"5 year old battery failed, very difficult to jump start due to particular safety interlock for push button start system. Had to open and close drivers door several times before it would start. Confusing manual"

Steven I., OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Battery failed while traveling. Were signs it was going out as the car began cranking longer before turning over"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"one fuel injector failed and was replace by dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"unable to drive car as engine stopped. had to be towed to dealership for repair"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"My husband kept overfilling the gas tank to the point where it became saturated and failed, despite my continuous request to stop filling the gas tank when the handle clicked off. I was very upset"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"EGR Canister failed. Engine light was on constantly"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump stoped working"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Highlander SE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"It may just be normal wear, but on routine servicing I was told I had some Exhaust Pipe Gasket problem that needed replacement. $172 Not a huge issue"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"annoying rattle from rear of car. I was a heat shield above the muffler. I would have had to remove muffler to reattach heat shield. So I decided to pull it off and do without it"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Heat shield and muffler had to be reattached to body"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Both the oil control intact and exhaust valves needed to be replaced while my family was on a road trip. It was covered under warranty as we had just less than 60 K on the odometer. However, our trip was delayed 3 days and my kids missed a day of s"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"head gasket went bad at 120,000. Needed to replace. - expensive"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"CAM Shaft VVT Failed"

Steven I., OH (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission went out last August when car had 67000 miles on it in the middle of New Mexico. Toyota replaced the transmission, but it took two weeks and cost me almost $2,000 between motels, airline tickets, etc"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"would not shift automatically. Toyota replaced the transmission at no cost to me"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The drain plug threads in the oil pan became stripped. The oil pan had to be replaced. Note that the only place the drain plug has ever been removed/replaced was the dealer where I purchased the car so their mechanics likely over tightened or cross threaded the drain plug at some point. I complained and they did not charge any labor to replace the pan although I did have to buy the part since the car is well out of warranty"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Minor leak around a seal"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Seemed to shift rough when changing to higher speeds. Toyota dealership checked but could not find a problem. Said to bring back if problem got worse"

Gary E., NC (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Neutral sensor switch"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
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