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Disappointing
By cford on 10/01/06 19:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

Not early the expected fuel mileage. Under 27 mpg local driving, above rating (about 30) on distant driving. My driving style with GM vehicles shows that I always got better mileage than shown on the window sticker. The Highlander is below suggested on the local driving. Body squeaks are annoying. Tilt steering wheel is limited in adjustments. Switches such as windshield wiper and lights are awkward. Do not have a level cargo space when sheet backs are folded.
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A lesser evil
By silvergodiva on 09/23/06 11:26 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

Hybrid + room for 7 = Highlander (HH). If you need an SUV, the HH is the lesser evil. Move lots of people and lots of stuff for less gas/fewer emissions. I feel the V6 + hybrid engine is a bit excessive. Toyota was trying to break hybrids out of the "green" market and into the gas guzzling SUV power market: "Not just for enviros anymore". But the I4 (2.4L) + hybrid engine would have been just fine and probably gotten another 5-7mpg. No issues with any part of the car in the 15 months I've owned it. Very easy to drive and you can't tell it's a hybrid. The 3rd seat is neat and easy, but there is almost no storage when it is up.
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Arizona Highlander Hybrid Experience
By glen O'Hara on 09/20/06 18:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

Just turned 20,000 miles, and now get a consistent 28 mpg around town (not towing anything). Highway mileage totally depends on average speed: taking it easy, can get 29 mpg; 75-85 mph takes it down to 23mpg. However, after owning three Prius's, the POWER of the Highlander Hybrid is amazing. I've beat V8 powered vehicles off-the- line; much to their amazement. What they don't know is that with a full state of charge, the hybrid version can kick over 60 extra horsepower to the two additional traction motors, while the engine stays at the peak of it's horsepower curve. Also, in Arizona, the electric powered air conditioning runs at full effiiciency all the time; even stopped
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I really love this car.
By rali on 09/07/06 21:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

Drove it to New Mexico from Wisconsin last winter...it behaved perfectly...nothing has ever gone wrong with it...would like better mileage but it's better than the 2004 Lexus RX330 I traded in...and essentially the same car...I will keep it till new technology comes out to replace it.
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Highlander Review
By Andrea on 09/03/06 13:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

Great SUV, roomy and comfortable, very smooth ride for passengers (front and back). Navigation is great, useful, and amazingly accurate. First hybrid we've owned, but the gas mileage is better than regular SUV, but not as high as advertised. We average 22mpg Hwy and 26 mpg City. Great visibility, easy to get in/out. Overall fun drive.
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I like it !
By David Cooper on 09/03/06 01:34 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

With 3600 miles on the vehicle, and about 6 weeks of ownership, my experience so far has been great. Gas mileage overall is 27.8 mpg, combined highway and city, and still increasing. Acceleration is strong, lots of torque, which surprises passengers and other drivers. This vehicle GOES. It's quiet, sure-footed, maneuverable, although some torque steer under heavy acceleration. The CVT transmission is always in the "right" gear, which is great for mountain driving. Regenerative braking limits brake heating and wear coming down long hills. Getting into the third row seats does require some agility. Retractable headrests help driver's vision out the rear.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Mileage is consistent with sticker
By FRITZER on 09/01/06 17:23 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

I've had the vehicle for six weeks. I average 30.1 MPG, combined city/highway. Drive to work is 15 miles in Sacramento, CA. If I push acceleration above 50 kW and do not anticipate stops ahead, mileage drops below 28 MPG. If I accelerate modestly and keep the power at or below 25 kW during acceleration, I consistently get better than 30 MPG overall. I verified the readings on the vehicles MPG meter at the gas pump - hand calculations. This is a fun vehicle to drive and the challenge is to out do the mileage from the day before. If you spend a lot of time driving above the hash marks on the kW meter, expect worse gas mileage - simple math. Fly like a rocket, pay for the gas!
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Toyota Quality
By Roger Chagnon on 08/27/06 11:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

The Toyota Highlander has the highest level of quality, reliability and fit/finish of any vehicle that I have ever owned bar none. The only downside is the EPA estimated mileage. We are getting 28-29 MPG combined. That is not bad considering that the non-hybrid model that our friend owns averages about 16 MPG combined. Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this vehicle including the GPS system.
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6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Love it
By Horatio on 08/24/06 05:55 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

No complaints at all. Joy to drive, love the feel and smooth transition from elect to gas. One must listen to realize the gas motor is running.
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8 of 11 people found this review helpful
Bad fuel economy
By jfrose on 08/19/06 16:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Review

We purchased a hybrid for the fuel economy and it does not get nearly what is advertised. We get 25 miles per gallon vs the 28-33 they advertise. We paid extra for the hybrid for nothing and Toyota won't buy the vehicle back.
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