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#31 Old 11-08-2012, 03:49 AM
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Dislikes:

Drive by wire just feels weird. Three months and still not used to it

I'm 6' 2" and just can't get comfortable in the seats. If the bottom cushion titled, I think that would help.

Ditto on the heated seats. I don't mind the placement, but on/off would be great.

Bigger gas tank, please

Again with the tall guy issue, the wheel obstructs the speedometer. I have a center mounted Garmin which is a fine substitute, but the other gauges are blocked too.

I use the moonroof a lot, and prefer the manual types, like in my old Saab.

Blind spots. I removed the rear head restraints, and clipped-on a panoramic rear view.

Yeah, that air box is a pain.

Sport model, can't read the radio display with my prescription polarized sunglasses.

Lack of storage bins and outlets. The center eyeglasses box should have a flat profile.

More ground clearance

I'd like paddle shifters

Likes:

There are many, but notable...

Very smooth at 100MPH

Handles well in sand

Split lift gate is useful

Like the miles to empty display

MPG is pretty good (I get 19/23)

Grips the road better than any vehicle I've owned, corners very well

Very nice, but it's a CAR. And as I understand it, it's AWD.
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Lack of storage bins and outlets.
you have got to be the first person to ever mention that. Outlets, I'll give you that one, but storage? The HL has a ton, a lot more than other cars out there. You could fit a small animal in the glove box

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Very smooth at 100MPH
On the track right???

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I'm still getting over the sale of my beloved Tahoe. A different animal, certainly. But I really missed a huge center console from day one. The door pockets on the HL are very nice.

Very nice, but it's a CAR. And as I understand it, it's AWD.

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GuideGuido: Great signature block. Sooo very true. This vehicle is a large AWD station wagon, not a 4WD truck. Too bad Americans have such a hang up with the idea.

Likes:
-Looks
-Mileage
-Quiet/smooth ride
-Interior comfort
-Captians chairs option for second row
-Visibility
-Build quality despite some hard plastics
-Plenty of power for size/weight
-5-speed transmission that doesn't hunt for gears like most 6-speed CUV's do

Dislikes
- Mushy break pedal
- Lack of storage space in front area
- No electrical power point in the second row
- Wimpy seat heater knobs
- GPS/Head unit that looks like a cheap aftermarket unit ('13 Limited)
- Lack of driver seat memory
- Lack of power folding mirrors
- Display doesn't dim when headlights come on
- No distance markers on back-up camera display
- Overly tall shift lever
- Standard fake wood trim on Limiteds
- Smart Key gets confused when two fobs are in close proximity

So far we love the car. The dislikes are really just nit-picks. After looking at everything on the market, it was no competition for us.

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- Display doesn't dim when headlights come on
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Do you have your brightness control turned down below the detent to the "manual" (for lack of a better word) settings? If I turn my brightness all the way up past the click, then I get something similar. However, in the manual mode where I like mine, the display does dim when the lights come on at night, tunnels, stretches of less than bright light, etc.

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Do you have your brightness control turned down below the detent to the "manual" (for lack of a better word) settings? If I turn my brightness all the way up past the click, then I get something similar. However, in the manual mode where I like mine, the display does dim when the lights come on at night, tunnels, stretches of less than bright light, etc.
Agreed. Push the display brightness wheel all the way up, then push it even further and it will click to the highest detent setting, and make the display lights visible in daytime.

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Agreed. Push the display brightness wheel all the way up, then push it even further and it will click to the highest detent setting, and make the display lights visible in daytime.
I have it in "manual" mode, but the screen does not dim when the headlights turn on. I have the dash lights set pretty dim...maybe the bottom 1/4. My wife and I like a dark cockpit at night. The screen stays really bright. I've also noticed that the GPS does not always go into "night mode" (reverse colors) despite the fact I have it set to automatically toggle in the settings. The radio screens are pretty bright as well.

Just so I'm clear based on what DeWatt and Traildust said...If I manually set the dash light levels, the screen should dim on its own when the headlights come on? I've played with that switch and while noticing the gauges changing, the brightness of the display does not change.

I'll check it again the next time I get to drive it at night.
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Old thread, but I'll contribute.

Likes:
-Utility of 2nd row.
-Power liftgate (reason why 4Runner didn't make cut)
-Perfect size


Dislikes:
-All weather mats aren't robust at all
-Backup camera doesn't have guide lines
-Would prefer to have a legit AWD system. Will be sticking with the Audi in the white stuff.
-When no destination is set in the nav, I'd rather see the radio info instead of the map. Is there a setting I can adjust?
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I have it in "manual" mode, but the screen does not dim when the headlights turn on. I have the dash lights set pretty dim...maybe the bottom 1/4. My wife and I like a dark cockpit at night. The screen stays really bright. I've also noticed that the GPS does not always go into "night mode" (reverse colors) despite the fact I have it set to automatically toggle in the settings. The radio screens are pretty bright as well.

Just so I'm clear based on what DeWatt and Traildust said...If I manually set the dash light levels, the screen should dim on its own when the headlights come on? I've played with that switch and while noticing the gauges changing, the brightness of the display does not change.

I'll check it again the next time I get to drive it at night.
I believe that the dimming only applies to the guages. The GPS does have the day/night mode as you already know, but I forget when it switches (no longer have the '08 with the nav).

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Likes on our 2011 Highlander.

1.smooth ride.
2.Bluetooth and audio streaming
3.backup camera.
4.Lot's of room for a med sized suv
5.Headlights Projection is Great however weak bulb's I replaced.

Dislikes

1. Torque steering way too much play in the system not well balanced when you gun it (yea I have a v6)
2.cheap plastics interior trim normal for most Toyota's today.
3.Lack of door moldings in a 30k to 50k suv is disappointing (added mine on)
4.Tire size is small and Toyo tires are a horrible choice to go with.
5. No led signal mirrors options?
6. No mirror occupation sensor aka lane change?
7.No power 3rd seat option?

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The bad...

Overall the interior is pretty cheap.
Paint and sheet metal are thin.
The moon roof controls also need to be lit.
Better placement of the lever that operates the fuel filler door.
A level spot on the dash if only to set something temporarily.
Thing wanders like crazy if you take your eyes off the road even for a second.

The good...

Interior volume is good.
I guess mpg is good.
Rear hatch with seperate glass panel access is nice.
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Likes:
Design/Look exterior and interior
Good size/interrior
Mpg is ok

Wish list:
Light for window buttons, auto up and down
Windows up/down with key fob
Memory for seat/mirrors
Factory HID option
Led drl (factory) I'm sure 2014 will have them.
Higher resolution navi screen
Actual GPS not DVD based navi
Back up assist either beep or guides on rear camera screen

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There is no place to rest your hand if you use the arm rest. The handle is in the way!
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