2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid — Test drive and new SUV review

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Adding to the growing hybrid

The transition from scrappy to defending champ can be jarring. move is examined under glare, every sentence The 2008 Toyota Highlander has endured some close along with the whole lineup. With a base of $33,700 for the base grade and for the Limited, the 2008 Toyota Hybrid comes with a 3 mile basic warranty, a 5 mile powertrain warranty, an 8 mile warranty on hybrid and an EPA estimate of 27 mpg city/25 mpg highway/26 mpg Let’s drive.


Larger Exterior Photos: Rear

Highlander first hit the as a 2001 model, Toyota’s crossover vehicle (the being the RAV4). The first Highlander was cut from the 4Runner It was like a smaller, cuter of the grown-up SUV, sharing styling cues on a smaller Highlander has been available a hybrid powertrain since the model year. Though sales have been steady, the mid-size ute was due for a makeover.

For Toyota, a makeover almost means growth in dimension, and transformation was no exception. Wheelbase has from 106.9 to 109.8; has expanded from 71.9 to overall length has grown to from 185.6. A corresponding in curb weight is unsurprising 2007 Highlander weighed in at lbs (2WD)/4,245 lbs (4WD); 2008 available in only 4WD, the scales at 4,508 lbs in Base lbs in Limited. For those of you keeping that’s more than to send even the laziest potato scurrying to 24 Hour and ordering up some NutriSystem.

to say, Highlander looks a lot than before. And that seems amplified by a greater on angularity and muscularity. From the on back to the tailgate. Highlander is now where it used to be acute trapezoids take the place of rectangles. Fenders bulge, squint, and the whole vehicle I just felt like the package was working too hard.


In the Driver’s Seat

A broad of dash in a single plane.

© Jason Fogelson

Growth on the has resulted in a corresponding increase in volume. Funny how that There’s more head, shoulder and leg room in the front and rows. The middle row is the biggest of largesse, with 38.4 of (an increase of nearly 4 over The third row gets more hip and room than before, but has to do with the same headroom and less legroom than (29.9 for 2008 vs. 30.2 for Overall interior volume is way up, but space behind the third row is down at a cramped 10.3 feet. Cargo space the middle row is 42.3 cubic With the middle and third folded down, a massive cubic feet of cargo can be into Highlander.

Highlander’s design was never one of my favorites, so I change. Toyota has broadened and Highlander’s dash. creating a expanse in a single plane. The stack is greatly simplified, big control knobs and an intuitive The Base trim level an LCD screen that displays performance and other information. My test vehicle wore the package plus ($4,500) package, which included the row seat, an eight-way power seat, a six-disc CD changer and options. You have to step up to the to get some of the options that I like leather seating GPS navigation and Bluetooth. Bummer.

On the Road

All that new mass has Highlander’s performance quite a Where the previous generation light-footed and zippy, the new Highlander feels more substantial and Power is almost identical the 3.3 liter V6 gas engine contributes 209 hp and 212 of torque to the front wheels. combined with the power the electric motors, horsepower is at 270 hp. Highlander Hybrid has three one acts as a generator and starter for the gas one drives the front wheels and one the rear wheels.

So, how does it all Under moderate acceleration, the provide power to the electric which drive the wheels. more power is needed, the motor gets the gas engine up and and the gas engine takes over, assistance from the electric In normal operation, the gas engine is the power plant. When the SUV down, the gas engine shuts and the electric motors recover from the braking process. At a the electric motors take of all of the normal functions, and the gas engine off.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Highlander Hybrid has two buttons on the console. one marked EV (Electric and one marked Economy. In theory, EV makes the SUV run on purely electric under certain conditions. I get my test vehicle to stay in EV for more than a few seconds, no how gently I depressed the throttle. Economy didn’t seem to any visible effect, other a lit indicator on the instrument panel .


Trapezoids on the tailgate.

Photo © Fogelson

To be entirely fair to my test vehicle was clearly as a pre-production prototype. and some of the quirks with EV mode be ironed out in the production version. on my previous experience with vehicles, I’d fully smooth operation.

What Toyota will not be to iron out is Highlander’s price. My vehicle as equipped would out at over $38,000; a Limited level with GPS navigation can reach over $46,000 options. That’s quite a over the Base gas-only which starts at about

If you’re considering a Highlander there’s good news there are several competitive SUVs to compare in the marketplace. Escape Hybrid and its clones, the Mariner Hybrid and Mazda Hybrid, offer even fuel economy than Hybrid and lower purchase Saturn’s Vue Green Line is a hybrid that lowers the of entry even more. RX400h raises the luxury and does it with more than Highlander (at an increased of course). If you need a honking hybrid SUV, take a at the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Yukon Hybrid full-size You might also want to gas-only alternatives, like the RAV4 and Honda CR-V. are fuel efficient and quite

If only a hybrid will do, and you have Toyota quality, Hybrid is your chariot of For me, though, bigger isn’t better — I’d have a left-over 2007 or a 2006 Highlander Hybrid in my

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