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Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Toyota Highlander 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Highlanders, 7.8 months of data per Highlander, average 8100 miles

 

2014 Toyota Highlander 42
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Highlanders, 11.2 months of data per Highlander, average 18800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2013 Toyota Highlander 13
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 31200 miles

 

2012 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 9.8 months of data per Xterra, average 38100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Toyota Highlander 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Highlanders, 9.8 months of data per Highlander, average 48500 miles

 

2011 Toyota Highlander 19
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 60400 miles

 

2010 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.7 months of data per Xterra, average 58300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Toyota Highlander 33
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Highlanders, 10.3 months of data per Highlander, average 62400 miles

No clear reason why this stat should be higher than those for other model years.

 

2009 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Highlanders, 10.9 months of data per Highlander, average 76900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Toyota Highlander 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Highlanders, 10.3 months of data per Highlander, average 94200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2007 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 86800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Highlanders, 9.7 months of data per Highlander, average 108100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 8.4 months of data per Xterra, average 101400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Toyota Highlander 46
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Highlanders, 10.1 months of data per Highlander, average 118200 miles

 

2005 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.5 months of data per Xterra, average 127500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Highlanders, 10.8 months of data per Highlander, average 128700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Toyota Highlander 22
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 118400 miles

 

2002 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Highlanders, 9.4 months of data per Highlander, average 134500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Highlanders, 7.9 months of data per Highlander, average 134300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota Highlander

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: 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
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
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reliability ratings in consumer reports
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
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 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
Legendary toyota reliability
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
No reports of any problem yet
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
Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: 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...
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.