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A Toyota trifecta of disastrous design.

The only good-looking part of any of them is the Highlander's interior.

Even that is hideous. It's like they're trying to be creative and artistic through luck alone. It's like trying to create a Picasso painting without an actual concept behind it.

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There's not one single line, shape, or angle that I find attractive on either the Highlander or the xD. The xB is okay... it's kinda funky.

My thoughts exactly! The Highlander received the Rav-4's jelly bean treatment, with the added bonus of a Tundra grill. The xD looks like a vertically strechted Yaris. But the xB isn't bad... I prefer it to the current version.

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"While the domestic automakers scramble to put out their first crossover vehicles (unibody, ostensibly car-based SUVs), Toyota is preparing Gen 2..."

Why I let C/D expire. Pure crap. They are not 'scambling', they are doing.

Ford's D3 is out for 3 years now, and the new Lambda X-overs are kicking Highlander and Pilot's rears.

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The news gets even better under the hood, where a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (shared with the tC) making 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque replaces the wimpy 103-hp 1.5-liter four-pot of xB version 1.0. Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions deliver the newfound power to the front wheels, the latter with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Let me get this straight... the xB gets HIDs but continues into 2008 with a 4-sp automatic? :rotflmao:

The sole powertrain in the ‘08 Highlander is a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic

Where to start with the Highlander? Only a 5 speed automatic? The exterior is hideous! The only highlight is the interior. It's better, but not best in class. If the plood is the same as in the Avalon & Camry it'll look paper-thin and just as appealing. Did I mention the exterior?


Sorry, but the only Toyota Tough about this lot of vehicles will be their luck.

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After looking at the Highlander interior for, oh, about 2 minutes... I realized it looks like it belongs to another manufacturer. Am I the only one? Honda should be flattered:

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At least the Honda interiors have some form to them. The Highlander interior is a mishmash of weird shapes, bulges, and randomly scattered buttons.

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Oh, GOD these are AWESOME!


Coming to an Aurora near you......the 2008 Highlander, xB and xD, simultaneously.

The highlander is piss-poor ugly. I can tolerate the Scions, the xB isn't terrible, the xD is quite ugly-ish but no worse than the xA.

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They're all hideous, but the highlander wins the award for vehicle

that best resembles a steaming hot lump of cow $hit! GROSSS!

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Congratuations, Toyota. You have successfully imitated the HYUNDAI Santa Fe.


An improvement over the previous gen. No longer 1980's retro. What's the matter, cargo area windows aren't cool anymore?


Oh no... Damn Camry turtletooth emblem! That is by far my least favorite styling element on the Camry, and it happens to make its way across marques. Also, this is essentially an updated xA. Did they really have to rename it?

Additionally, if Scion were smart, they wouldn't have released a model with the "xD" emblem to their target audience of twenty-something that love to surf the Net. Refer to Exhibit D, where these two letters in combination reflect someone laughing their ass off. And now, I will never be able to look at an xD with a straight face again. :lol:

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