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Unhappy Things I’d Change

My wife drives a 2018 HL Hybrid Limited Platinum package and here’s what I’d change.
  1. HID headlights are terrible, full LED including fog lights needed
  2. no apple car play
  3. no remote start from key fob
  4. should have full acoustic glass
  5. should have semi analine leather upgrade option for all 3 rows
  6. no power folding or reverse turn down side mirrors
  7. steering correction for lane keep assist should be much stronger
  8. all interior and exterior bulbs should be daylight LEDs
  9. 3rd row access is a joke
  10. turning up the fan speed for rear passengers requires wrenching your arm or back from the front
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hmm. re point #1 - there are no HID headlights on the Highlander from factory! They are halogens behind projectors.

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No remote caught me off guard, and was surprised that it wasn't standard with the Limited Platinum. Ended up costing me $1K!

The lane centering function on my LC 500 works better.
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My wife drives a 2018 HL Hybrid Limited Platinum package and here’s what I’d change.
  1. HID headlights are terrible, full LED including fog lights needed
  2. no apple car play
  3. no remote start from key fob
  4. should have full acoustic glass
  5. should have semi analine leather upgrade option for all 3 rows
  6. no power folding or reverse turn down side mirrors
  7. steering correction for lane keep assist should be much stronger
  8. all interior and exterior bulbs should be daylight LEDs
  9. 3rd row access is a joke
  10. turning up the fan speed for rear passengers requires wrenching your arm or back from the front
The 3rd row is a joke lol. I have an elderly relative who on seeing the 3rd row was impressed and eager to try it out, they are small in stature around 5ft, so with some effort they got in and with the 2nd row adjusted we set of for a destination about 10 minutes away, durng the effort to get out they landed rather heavily and luckily didn't fall over or sustain injury, the extremely limited access coupled with the 8 inch ride height makes exit a rather risky exercise even possibly for agile children.Most reviewers concentrate on the lack of space in the 3rd row and the real issue is very difficult access, the 3rd row in the 4 runner must be truly awful. The highlander is a good vehicle for 5 passengers as the rear is quiet and relatively comfortable (rear seat is firm and rather flat)and it copes with the loading easily, but 3rd row is emergency use only. I would recommend the vehicle to others and the relative thought it was great but not the 3rd row and for that reason if one has practical considerations not the 4 seat arrangement with captains chairs over the bench seat as the 3rd row is rather useless even with the better access that arrangement provides.

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First accessory I added was a good set of running boards to make 3rd Row access much easier...
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The 3rd row is a joke lol. I have an elderly relative who on seeing the 3rd row was impressed and eager to try it out, they are small in stature around 5ft, so with some effort they got in and with the 2nd row adjusted we set of for a destination about 10 minutes away, durng the effort to get out they landed rather heavily and luckily didn't fall over or sustain injury, the extremely limited access coupled with the 8 inch ride height makes exit a rather risky exercise even possibly for agile children.Most reviewers concentrate on the lack of space in the 3rd row and the real issue is very difficult access, the 3rd row in the 4 runner must be truly awful. The highlander is a good vehicle for 5 passengers as the rear is quiet and relatively comfortable (rear seat is firm and rather flat)and it copes with the loading easily, but 3rd row is emergency use only. I would recommend the vehicle to others and the relative thought it was great but not the 3rd row and for that reason if one has practical considerations not the 4 seat arrangement with captains chairs over the bench seat as the 3rd row is rather useless even with the better access that arrangement provides.

I am selling the third row. The difficult thing is finding a buyer though.
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No remote caught me off guard, and was surprised that it wasn't standard with the Limited Platinum. Ended up costing me $1K!

The lane centering function on my LC 500 works better.

I installed a remote starter from 12volt.solutions for $250 I believe. The downside is that it has the garbage 100 ft range from factory though.
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The temp adjust knobs are impossible to adjust, as they need to stick out more so there’s something to grab, and the “detent” feel, when turning them is to weak, as you can’t hardly “feel” the detents. Also, Limited & Platinum’s ft passenger seat should also be the same as the drivers seat, either 8 or 10 way, and not the cheap 4way, which doesn’t go up or down.

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The 3rd row is a joke lol.

The 3rd row is for kids. I've used it ONCE....and my 6'6 nephew sat back there. I wouldn't ride back there...and I'm only 6'3.


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the 3rd row in the 4 runner must be truly awful.

It was a joke.


But didn't buy either vehicle for the 3rd row. Never used. I do like the extra space behind the 2nd row. Can fit 2+ sets of golf clubs.


But if a 3rd row is a major concern.....then maybe the Sequoia.
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I installed a remote starter from 12volt.solutions for $250 I believe. The downside is that it has the garbage 100 ft range from factory though.
I need more range. From inside ski restaurants in the winter, and from inside my gym in the AZ summer.
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The temp adjust knobs are impossible to adjust, as they need to stick out more so there’s something to grab, and the “detent” feel, when turning them is to weak, as you can’t hardly “feel” the detents. Also, Limited & Platinum’s ft passenger seat should also be the same as the drivers seat, either 8 or 10 way, and not the cheap 4way, which doesn’t go up or down.

I also wish for the horizontal part of the driver's seat to tilt, not just the front edge like on my 2017.
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First accessory I added was a good set of running boards to make 3rd Row access much easier...

I ordered mine with factory boards, since this vehicle replaced our crashed 2011 Traverse, and my wife was still in rehab from that accident.
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The 3rd row is for kids. I've used it ONCE....and my 6'6 nephew sat back there. I wouldn't ride back there...and I'm only 6'3.





It was a joke.


But didn't buy either vehicle for the 3rd row. Never used. I do like the extra space behind the 2nd row. Can fit 2+ sets of golf clubs.


But if a 3rd row is a major concern.....then maybe the Sequoia.
I have tried it out myself and I am 5' 11", I fit but my head was touching the headliner and getting out is awkward, I didn't buy the vehicle for the 3rd row and if someone needs seating for 6 or more on a regular basis get a sienna. The sequoia I could imagine having the same ' ' problem of getting in and out and could be worse because of the greater ride height, those sort of setups require a low ride height like a car to work best.

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