The refreshed 2007 Toyota Highlander Sport SUV will start at a pretty much impressive $27,765 for a 2WD model.
Introduced six years ago as Toyota Kluger and sharing its platform with the Lexus RX (the entry-luxury car-based SUV that actually started the crossover mania all over the world,) the Toyota Highlander is clearly getting older day by day.
Its exterior and interior design seems dated and demand for the car is dwindling. It is clear that the Japanese company will soon introduce a second generation version of the car.
However, trying to spur sales of the ageing car for just one more year, Toyota introduces a minor facelift.
The refreshed member of Toyota’s growing SUV family features numerous exterior enhancement, including -but not limited to- color-keyed mudguards and grille with chrome insert, chrome door handles and rear license plate garnish.
The list of new standard equipment also includes fog lamps and chrome exhaust tips, as well as 17-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with a high polish finish.
The 2007 Highlander Sport’s interior also features some additional decor that makes the SUV look a little bit more expensive than it actually is.
For example, the car-based ‘ute comes equipped with tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and three-in-one AM/FM/Cassette/CD entertainment system with six speakers.
The Japanese company also offers chrome door handles, leather-trimmed shift knob with chrome stalk, and eight-way power driver’s seat and in-glass antenna.
Toyota Highlander Sport, which comes in 2WD and 4WD models, is shipped with only one V6 engine that produces 215 hp and reasonable 222 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.
2WD models will carry a price stick of $27,765. An additional sitting row will add to this price $850 more. The 4WD models will be more expensive, with prices starting from $29,235 and $30,085 for the five-seat and seven-seat models respectively.
Of course, the new Highlander will not offer you the same level of comfort as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or the new Toyota Land Cruiser TLC 200, but it will be more than adequate if you need to get four grown-ups and three kids to a nearby beach.
2007 Toyota Highlander Sport SUV technical specification
Body Type: 5-door SUV with unibody construction
Layout: front engine, 4WD or FWD
Engine: 215 hp, 222 lb-ft (300 Nm), V6
Transmission: Automatic, 5-Speed (4-speed on 2WD models)
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Fuel Economy EPA combined cycle mpg (l/100 km): N/A
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 184.6 / 71.9 / 67.9 / 106.9
Ground clearance: 6.9/7.3 (2WD/4WD)
Track (frt/rr): 62.2 / 61.6 in
Approach Angle (degrees): 29.0
Breakover Angle (degrees): N/A
Departure Angle (degrees): 22.0
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.4
Curb Weight: 3516 lbs (2WD) 3935 lbs (Limited V6 4X4)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): 0.34
Seating Capacity: 7 (2/3/2) or 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Subaru B9 Tribeca, Honda Pilot, Mitsubishi Endeavor, 2007 Suzuki XL7, Hyundai Veracruz
See also: 2007 Lexus RX 350 SUV