Originally Posted by moments
We're newbies...received our 21 in mid August. we need to upgrade our tow vehicle and are thinking seriously of the Highlander. Anyone using one to tow and if so are you happy with it. THanks so much.
No "real experience" here, sorry. But do appreciate the real world experience, truly, of those that have, and have posted here.
But being a, on the fence 21 owner, I asked the owner of the "Toyota only" shop where my Wife have taken our Toyotas for service the last 20 years, a couple of weeks ago, what he thought of towing a 5000 lb trailer with the Highlander.
His 1st question was, "What's it Drag Coefficient ?" - I had no idea, but maybe a new thread on how to reduce the "sail"?
Next he recommended beefing up the rear suspension, so I groped around and found this :
I think I'm finally done with suspension mods (Coil SumoSprings Install) - Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums
Which might be helpful, and at least was for the Highlander owner who took the time to post their towing results.
Beyond that, he just recommended keeping on top of, and doing frequently, the fluid changes, differential & transmission, and didn't think it would be a problem towing.
I was also concerned about taking the Highlander to its limits, given its current towing stats :
2014 Highlander GCWR - Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums
But wanted a TV that could provide reasonable gas mileage, reliability and comfort for the other 95% of the time its not towing
Please let us know if/when you can add to our Lewis & Clark information on this.