A first look for the curious...My initial gas mileage is around 29 mpg for in town (60% highway/ 40% city). Powerful engine but if you have a lead foot don't expect to get the mpg also. You can slightly feel the engine kick between ECO (three cylinder operation) and the full six. You should test drive it (at operating temp.) and feel for this. Engine shuts down on stops (at op. temp.) unless you like or need to constantly creep forward. You'll feel the slight vibration on restart, but I enjoy the reminder I'm not sitting and idling. My driving style is changing to match the capacity of the car (looking for the ECO light). Power-excellent; handling-good; interior-very good. More later?
The technology behind managing three cylinder operation, electric power assist, engine shut down at idle while retaining a powerful engine is the number one 'feature'. The interior is great and very comfortable(see below). Multiple air bag safety equipment is standard.
Continue to work on road noise (not quite as quiet as our old Highlander). A mini spare instead of the pump and sealant for flats. Work on improving the interface between auto stop at idle and restart. Place the 'ECO' light in a more favorable position for driver feedback.
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