The Smokies & Toyota Highlander 4 Cyl

Old Mar 15th, 2007, 07:14 PM
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The Smokies & Toyota Highlander 4 Cyl

Please help. I am thinking of getting a Toyota Highlander. I want the front wheel drive 4 Cyl (for mpg). I like to go to the Smokies, Asheville, etc.

I don't want to have a vehicle that bogs down on hills stranding me in the slow lane behind the semi's.

Does anyone live (or travel often) in this area and own a late model, 4 cyl, front wheel drive Highlander?

I have looked on vehicle websites and not seen a lot that helps.

I don't have a trailer or need to tow anything.

Please, does anyone know if this vehicle is a good one for this area? Does anyone own one and live in or near the Smokies?

Thanks for any help on this travel (to me, anyway) topic.
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Old Mar 15th, 2007, 07:24 PM
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I had a Lexus RX 300 which is "cousin" to Higlander. IT was a 1999. It did not have a lot of pep and I was never really confident passing on the interstate. The 4 WD wasn't the kind for off roading. Maybe they are better these days.

Did you try googling to find some info?
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Old Mar 16th, 2007, 02:44 AM
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The Smokies are easy to drive. We have never found any of the US and Canadian mountain roads difficult. You should try some of our Alp passes.That's a different kettle of fish.And most of the European cars are 4 cyl.PAul
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Old Mar 16th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

Anyone else?
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I owe a 2002 Highlander, but 6cyl and I drive a ton on all types of driving including many mountains. The car drives fine and I have no trouble for hills and acceleration. However in doing my research, I found the 4 cyl. did not have as much power and very little resale value. everyone wanted the 6cyl. My milage is good and I don't think the trade-off is worth less power.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 12:06 AM
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Itsy, thanks for the reply.
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