If fuel economy and reducing your CO2 footprint is important to you, and you’re looking for a 3-row family SUV that's also a hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an excellent choice. Toyota claims it sells about 10,000 of its successful Highlanders a month worldwide. For storage space, people-moving efficiency, a friendly cabin, decent mileage, renowned reliability and extensive safety features, Highlander Hybrid is a slam dunk.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has been designed with three rows of seats which offer space for 7-8 passengers, which makes it an excellent transport vehicle for the price. Its power train mates an updated 3.5-liter V-6, a CVT, and three electric motors, including one that powers the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by the gas engine and an electric motor. Given this unique layout, the family-friendly Highlander Hybrid is considered an all-wheel drive vehicle.
The 2019 Highlander Hybrid comes in 3 trims: Hybrid LE ($37,520 MSRP), Hybrid XLE ($42,580 MSRP), and Hybrid Limited ($46,060 MSRP).
Edmunds reviewers discussing the Highlander choices: "Lexus-lite. The Highlander's seats, ride comfort and utterly silent atmosphere are nearly as good as those found in SUVs by corporate cousin Lexus. The Highlander's standard suite of accident avoidance tech is a big reason to consider this family crossover, especially if you don't have the money for a range-topping model. Infotainment tech is pleasantly easy to use."
The 2019 Highlander Hybrid has received and EPA-estimated MPG of 29/27/28 city/highway/combined. Highlander Hybrid drivers will save $500 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel vehicle. Highlander Hybrid has a Total Range of 482 miles. Concerning MPG, Toyota’s website states the Highlander Hybrid gets 30 est. city and 28 est. highway. “Optimizing fuel efficiency means making enhancements all over – like the transmission and efficient engine that help enhance EPA MPG estimates and earn a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating.”
The hybrid’s powerful front end features an aggressive grille and available LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). LED taillights complete this Hybrid SUV’s signature look. With a unique grille tailored for each grade, Toyota says, “there’s a Highlander that perfectly matches your style.”
For a sleeker, more adventurous look, the Nightshade Edition Package shows off black trim that covers the rear spoiler, shark-fin antennae, door handles and mirror caps. 19-inch wheels are available, as well as black headlights and fog lights to provide a dynamic, designer vibe.
Multimedia includes: Entune Audio, a 6.1-in. touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, six speakers, auxiliary port, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology and Siri Eyes Free. (No ApplePlay or Android Auto.)
The Highlander Hybrid generates electric power with its regenerative braking. The system uses power-assisted ventilated 12.9-in. front disc brakes and solid 12.2-in. rear disc brakes. The Hybrid Energy Monitor displays electric power consumption and system charging rates. You’ll be able to track power usage when your hybrid is using the electric motor, gasoline engine or a combo of both.
Highlander has silencing insulation materials along its floor to help keep things quiet, and acoustic-type glass in the windshield to further limit noise from entering the cabin.
A rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system with 9-in. display, RCA jacks, remote and two wireless headphones is available.
Highlander’s available Driver Easy Speak feature has a built-in microphone up front that picks up your voice and transmits it to rear-seat passengers through the back speakers.
The SUV earned a top tier five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. It’s also a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Safety features include:
• Toyota Safety Sense P(TSS-P) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
• Star Safety System — includes Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST)
• ToyotaCare featuring a no cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance
REWRITTEN JULY 2019
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