When I recently purchased my new Toyota Highlander, I was taking a bit of a leap of faith. At that time Consumer Reports had suspended its recommendations of several Toyota models (including the Highlander) over various issues. I assumed that this was temporary and while it did make me consider the issue and wonder if buying a Toyota was a good idea, obviously I got past that hurdle.
The December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports put to rest any lingering doubts I had as they reinstated their Toyota recommendations. And, as I knew would be the case, the Highlander makes out pretty well.
The magazine lists specific ratings about the Highlander in a couple different areas. On page 67 they list the predicted reliability ratings for midsized SUVs. The top six are as follows:
- Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Toyota Highlander (4-cyl.)
- Toyota Highlander (V6) (recommended buy by CR)
- Hyundai Santa Fe (recommended buy by CR)
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid (recommended buy by CR)
I have the Toyota Highlander V6 -- which has the highest predicted reliability rating for a vehicle recommended by Consumer Reports. (FYI, I also looked at the Honda Pilot. It came in 8th overall and 5th among CR recommended buys.)
Then on page 72, Consumer reports gives their overall midsized SUV ratings based on road-test scores. The top five (which are all CR recommended buys) are:
- Kia Sorento
- Toyota Highlander Limited (V6)
- Hyundai Santa Fe Limited (V6)
- Chevrolet Traverse LT
- Nissan Murano SL
FYI, the Pilot was #9.
These ratings fit me to a T since I buy for overall value and reliability ( fit of course -- I'm tall and need to make sure my head isn't hitting the roof). And I put a lot of stock in what CR says -- they've never let me down before -- so I'm happy that they have put Toyota (in general) and the Highlander (specifically) back into their ratings and that my vehicle performed so well.
BTW, I'm LOVING the car!!!! ;-)