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Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Toyota Highlander or Nissan Xterra reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Xterra truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Toyota Highlander and Nissan Xterra reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Xterra were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Xterra have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Toyota Highlander 30 Highlanders, 6.2 months of data per Highlander, average 7700 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota Highlander 41 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 19700 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Highlander 27 Highlanders, 9.5 months of data per Highlander, average 34500 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.3 months of data per Xterra, average 33200 miles

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2010 Toyota Highlander 26 Highlanders, 9.4 months of data per Highlander, average 41300 miles20
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota Highlander 26 Highlanders, 8.9 months of data per Highlander, average 56800 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Xterra   14 Xterras, 8.1 months of data per Xterra, average 76700 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander 36 Highlanders, 10.4 months of data per Highlander, average 66800 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 8.2 months of data per Xterra, average 69200 miles

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2007 Toyota Highlander   17 Highlanders, 9.2 months of data per Highlander, average 92700 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.6 months of data per Xterra, average 86600 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander 28 Highlanders, 10.1 months of data per Highlander, average 96100 miles13
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2005 Nissan Xterra   17 Xterras, 8.8 months of data per Xterra, average 111400 miles

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2005 Toyota Highlander   14 Highlanders, 8.7 months of data per Highlander, average 102100 miles

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2004 Toyota Highlander 35 Highlanders, 9.2 months of data per Highlander, average 110600 miles41
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2003 Toyota Highlander   10 Highlanders, 8.4 months of data per Highlander, average 127300 miles

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2002 Toyota Highlander   10 Highlanders, 10.1 months of data per Highlander, average 122000 miles

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2001 Toyota Highlander   18 Highlanders, 7.5 months of data per Highlander, average 126600 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 7.2 months of data per Xterra, average 149400 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota Highlander

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What Our Members Are Saying about Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Highlander: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Outstanding reliabilty. No problems at all.
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reputation and history as reported in Consumer Reports is unbeatable.
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reliability ratings in consumer reports
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
quality and coverage of extended guarantee, past history of reliability (found on web and in research on net malice the programme for maintenance and pre-fixed prices for regular check-ups
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Has been very reliable, no issues at all
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am confident that the vehicle is well made and is a good investment for my money
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It just goes and goes. I had a 2001 and got this one and have not been disappointed. Never had a problem - just oil changes and routine maintenance.
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
No reports of any problem yet
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Legendary toyota reliability
2007 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought it used and after 1 year, it works solidly with no problems
Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Highlander: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
At under two years from purchase [new], the rear hatch motor failed/malfunctioned and jammed the lock shut with the hatch/door offset. Unfortunately the mileage was beyond the warantee. Cost of repairs was $2500.00. There has since been a TSB issued regarding the faulty original hinges that contribute to the failure/malfunctions of these hatch motors. Now at under four years/73K miles, the electric power steering assist motor failed. The car had to be towed to the dealer who says the repairs will be around $2000.00. The car isn't even paid for yet and already at $4500.00 in unexpected failure repairs. All I can do about it is post here and at the NTSB site. Less than two weeks after the steering motor repair, the noise is back...

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