The Toyota Highlander has been upgraded for 2008 model year, growing taller, wider and longer by offering 95.4 cubic feet of total cargo capacity, an increase from the predecessor’s 81.6 cubic feet. The Highlander has really packed on the pounds with the added cargo space and some of the new features, making the ’08 Highlander 500lbs heavier. Luckily, the engine was upgraded to compensate for the extra weight. Now, the 2008 Toyota Highlander uses the RAV4 engine that debuted two years ago, the 3.5L V6 that produces 270 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm.
The interior of the 2008 Toyota Highlander is luxurious and practical. Our tester came with a voice-activated navigation system, rear backup camera, moonroof, seating for seven, and independent climate control for the backseats. While easy to operate, the third row is not as flexible as some; no 50/50 split option in the Highlander. However, the second row seating configurations make up for the lack of flexibility in the third row by allowing the entire middle seat section to be removed and stored in the center tunnel, leaving a pair of minivan-style captain’s chairs.
You can also watch the 2008 Toyota Highlander Video on YouTube.
If you can get by without all of the bells and whistles, the 2008 Highlander LTD starts at decent $34,150. Our Limited Edition Highlander, however, came in at a competitive $39,639, a price that includes the leather interior, power rear door, moonroof, and voice-activated navigation system with satellite radio.