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Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 11:43pm On Jan 24, 2020
Gurus in the house please help out; I have a car which I bought brand new and I've been using it for some years now. But of recent, I got increased in number in my house as per the number of my children and a cousin staying with me. In totality including myself we are six(6) in number. I'm planning on changing my car to a more convenient one with pocket friendly in term of maintainance. I planned on buying a Toyota Sienna full option from year 2003 to 2004 or 5, but my mechanic is saying I shud go for Highlander with 3 seats row. I'm confuse right now cos to me I feel the Sienna will be more homely for my children but he said Highlander is more stronger than Sienna which I'm doubted though. Pls help to enlighten me where I may be lagging behind.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Originalsly: 1:15am On Jan 25, 2020
Consider where you drive most. Rugged area.... not pretty much flat.... bad road network.... prone to floods.... if you and members of your household are ehmmm...... fat...beefy.... then go for the higher clearance Highlander.... high clearance four wheel drive would be needed to haul you guys. If not...go for the Sienna.

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by powerkey: 6:45am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:
Gurus in the house please help out; I have a car which I bought brand new and I've been using it for some years now. But of recent, I got increased in number in my house as per the number of my children and a cousin staying with me. In totality including myself we are six(6) in number. I'm planning on changing my car to a more convenient one with pocket friendly in term of maintainance. I planned on buying a Toyota Sienna full option from year 2003 to 2004 or 5, but my mechanic is saying I shud go for Highlander with 3 seats row. I'm confuse right now cos to me I feel the Sienna will be more homely for my children but he said Highlander is more stronger than Sienna which I'm doubted though. Pls help to enlighten me where I may be lagging behind.

Highlander is your best bet

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 7:06am On Jan 25, 2020
powerkey:


Highlander is your best bet
please I will be glad if you can add some points/reason. Thanks
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 7:08am On Jan 25, 2020
Originalsly:
Consider where you drive most. Rugged area.... not pretty much flat.... bad road network.... prone to floods.... if you and members of your household are ehmmm...... fat...beefy.... then go for the higher clearance Highlander.... high clearance four wheel drive would be needed to haul you guys. If not...go for the Sienna.

Where I stay is all tarred and members of my family are still young (children) except my wife that is of age.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Nyceguy92: 7:15am On Jan 25, 2020
Incidentally I am in the same dilemma.
I am considering getting a family 7-seater car.

Sienna is good with affordable maintenance cost, but the low ground clearance does not help matters given our bad roads.
That leaves a choice between Highlander and Honda Pilot.

I have read several reviews and comparisons between Highlander and Pilot and there is no significant difference in terms of handling and fuel economy.

Pilot has more cargo space and the rear seats are said to be more comfortable than the Highlander.
Well, since Highlander appears to be more popular, it may be your best choice.

Readers, please shed more light on Honda Pilot versus Toyota Highlander.

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by nurey(m): 7:30am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:
Gurus in the house please help out; I have a car which I bought brand new and I've been using it for some years now. But of recent, I got increased in number in my house as per the number of my children and a cousin staying with me. In totality including myself we are six(6) in number. I'm planning on changing my car to a more convenient one with pocket friendly in term of maintainance. I planned on buying a Toyota Sienna full option from year 2003 to 2004 or 5, but my mechanic is saying I shud go for Highlander with 3 seats row. I'm confuse right now cos to me I feel the Sienna will be more homely for my children but he said Highlander is more stronger than Sienna which I'm doubted though. Pls help to enlighten me where I may be lagging behind.

I drive my 1st generation sienna like an Hilux, there is no where road dey wey I no dey go be it flooded, gully, zig-zag, yes it may not navigate faster but it would push through.

I don't see much ground clearance between the sienna 1st generation and a Highlander 1st generation I view it everyday cause my neighbor parks by my side.

Anyway both are identical to a degree in Engine and some suspension component. Sienna is also cheaper to acquire.

At full load, the Highlander is better in ground clearance, but for seating the sienna trumps as I can fit 10 people including driver in it grin

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 7:36am On Jan 25, 2020
nurey:


I drive my 1st generation sienna like an Hilux, there is no where road dey wey I no dey go be it flooded, gully, zig-zag, yes it may not navigate faster but it would push through.

I don't see much ground clearance between the sienna 1st generation and a Highlander 1st generation I view it everyday cause my neighbor parks by my side.

Anyway both are identical to a degree in Engine and some suspension component. Sienna is also cheaper to acquire.

At full load, the Highlander is better in ground clearance, but for seating the sienna trumps as I can fit 10 people including driver in it grin

Thanks for this update. I av the Sienna 2003 model in mind cos I guess this kinda stronger than the new generational ones bt my mechanic kept insisting that Highlander is better, but I can't have gurus here and admit to only his own suggestion.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by nurey(m): 8:22am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:


Thanks for this update. I av the Sienna 2003 model in mind cos I guess this kinda stronger than the new generational ones bt my mechanic kept insisting that Highlander is better, but I can't have gurus here and admit to only his own suggestion.

If you don't mind the price difference buy the 3 row seat Highlander. Anyone you buy out of the 2 is ok, it's a matter of preference whether you like a bus or prefer what we call "jeep" in Nigeria
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 8:45am On Jan 25, 2020
nurey:


If you don't mind the price difference buy the 3 row seat Highlander. Anyone you buy out of the 2 is ok, it's a matter of preference whether you like a bus or prefer what we call "jeep" in Nigeria

I do appreciate you brother. Thanks for the insights
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Originalsly: 10:06am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:


..... my mechanic kept insisting that Highlander is better,


Ask your mechanic why it is better for your needs.... reliable vehicle to transport your family and pocket friendly. I'm not a prophet.. but I know he would explain a whole lot except what you asked him.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 10:29am On Jan 25, 2020
Originalsly:


Ask your mechanic why it is better for your needs.... reliable vehicle to transport your family and pocket friendly. I'm not a prophet.. but I know he would explain a whole lot except what you asked him.
His reasons were that, Highlander is cost effective to maintain and the second hand value in case I want to resell it. That people tend to buy Highlander at better rates than Sienna.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Originalsly: 10:49am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:


His reasons were that, Highlander is cost effective to maintain and the second hand value in case I want to resell it. That people tend to buy Highlander at better rates than Sienna.


More cost effective to what? .... Benz G Wagon? If he's comparing with the Sienna then you need to change your mechanic.
A Highlander is more expensive to maintain than a Sienna.... the parts are more expensive for starters.... and it's a 4 wheel drive... more parts more maintenance required.

People tend to buy Highlander at cheaper rates than Sienna..... is the Highlander cheaper than the Sienna? And with the same mouth he is telling you if you want to resell... you will get more for the Highlander.
Whatever you buy...I advise you to maintain/do any repairs at a certified mechanic shop.

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by waledeji(m): 11:15am On Jan 25, 2020
Nyceguy92:
Incidentally I am in the same dilemma.
I am considering getting a family 7-seater car.

Sienna is good with affordable maintenance cost, but the low ground clearance does not help matters given our bad roads.
That leaves a choice between Highlander and Honda Pilot.

I have read several reviews and comparisons between Highlander and Pilot and there is no significant difference in terms of handling and fuel economy.

Pilot has more cargo space and the rear seats are said to be more comfortable than the Highlander.
Well, since Highlander appears to be more popular, it may be your best choice.

Readers, please shed more light on Honda Pilot versus Toyota Highlander.
An answer to this would be greatly appreciated
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by nurey(m): 11:30am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:

His reasons were that, Highlander is cost effective to maintain.

Highlander and sienna use same engine and gear infact same Engine and some suspension component year for year. so maintenance is going to be identical except that 1st generation sienna doesn't have a 4WD variant and shares more part with Camry pencil light so parts are cheaper than highlander


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the second hand value in case I want to resell it.

Interms of price, No, sienna 2nd gen 04 to 07 (b4 the facelift to 3.5L Engine) is between 1.8m to 2.2m for the highest trim

Highlander is between 2.5m to 3.2m or so when you look at naija used value of sienna 1.2/1.5m against Highlander not more than 1.8m you see that Highlander doesn't have a higher resale price. But I believe the 4cylinder Highlander sell more than sienna.

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That people tend to buy Highlander at better rates than Sienna.

No justification for these because year for year both vehicles don't cost same price even from factory
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by nurey(m): 11:37am On Jan 25, 2020
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 11:47am On Jan 25, 2020
nurey:


Highlander and sienna use same engine and gear infact same Engine and some suspension component year for year. so maintenance is going to be identical except that 1st generation sienna doesn't have a 4WD variant and shares more part with Camry pencil light so parts are cheaper than highlander




Interms of price, No, sienna 2nd gen 04 to 07 (b4 the facelift to 3.5L Engine) is between 1.8m to 2.2m for the highest trim

Highlander is between 2.5m to 3.2m or so when you look at naija used value of sienna 1.2/1.5m against Highlander not more than 1.8m you see that Highlander doesn't have a higher resale price. But I believe the 4cylinder Highlander sell more than sienna.



No justification for these because year for year both vehicles don't cost same price even from factory

You have really broken it down to a very clear level for me and to those in doubts like me. I'll likely go for the Sienna with full option like DVD player and more spacious rooms cos of my children.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by nurey(m): 11:50am On Jan 25, 2020
Untainted007:


You have really broken it down to a very clear level for me and to those in doubts like me. I'll likely go for the Sienna with full option like DVD player and more spacious rooms cos of my children.

Sienna crew gather here for selfie

sienna 1 - 0 Highlander

grin

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Dotng: 8:51pm On Jan 26, 2020
The advantage Sienna has over all others is that it is roomy. The Sienna is a family vehicle which has space for children and cargo. Other than that the Highlander is compact and would be more expensive to maintain as highlighted above. If you are willing to spend more and you are comfortable with the space within the Highlander then you can go for it.
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 10:59pm On Jan 26, 2020
Dotng:
The advantage Sienna has over all others is that it is roomy. The Sienna is a family vehicle which has space for children and cargo. Other than that the Highlander is compact and would be more expensive to maintain as highlighted above. If you are willing to spend more and you are comfortable with the space within the Highlander then you can go for it.

Thanks for this
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 6:08am On Mar 18, 2020
Thanks to you all for all the enlightenment about my choice. I av eventually acquired the Sienna XLE 2006 model. The car is neat in and out.
And for those trusting God for a gift like this or more than this, God Almighty will provide for you too.

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by buygala(m): 7:38am On Mar 18, 2020
Originalsly:
Consider where you drive most. Rugged area.... not pretty much flat.... bad road network.... prone to floods.... if[b][/b] you and members of your household are ehmmm...... fat...beefy.... then go for the higher clearance Highlander.... high clearance four wheel drive would be needed to haul you guys.[b][/b] If not...go for the Sienna.

grin

So if he and his kindred are fat, they will need to be 'hauled' like container Cargo ....As in Maersk style with Bill of Lading,Dumurrage and custom duty...

Bros why are you so wicked cry....You would have kuku advised the OP to get a MAN Diesel Commander angry...

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by emmaak2(m): 8:14am On Mar 18, 2020
Untainted007:
Thanks to you all for all the enlightenment about my choice. I av eventually acquired the Sienna XLE 2006 model. The car is neat in and out.
And for those trusting God for a gift like this or more than this, God Almighty will provide for you too.

Congrats bro hope u did a vin check

Whats the market price
Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Untainted007: 8:20am On Mar 18, 2020
emmaak2:


Congrats bro hope u did a vin check

Whats the market price

I've not done the VIN check ooo bt I got it from a friend who's a dealer. Got it for 2.1m

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Re: Which One Should I Go For Toyota Sienna XLE Or Toyota Highlander? by Idaytesj29(m): 2:03pm On Mar 22, 2022
Untainted007:
Thanks to you all for all the enlightenment about my choice. I av eventually acquired the Sienna XLE 2006 model. The car is neat in and out.
And for those trusting God for a gift like this or more than this, God Almighty will provide for you too.

Amen

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