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Fun and strong SUV
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By pat
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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We have had the Highlander Hybrid since January and love it. While we all would like better mileage, especially at $2.50/gal., we are happy what with this vehicle delivers. If you pay attention, you can get over 32 mpg even on the highway. We typically get 29+ in the city during the summer. So far this winter I believe we are down to 26-27 avg. It's been cold. We are looking forward to many years of fun and transportation with this vehicle.


Favorite Features

We enjoy the feel and manageablity this vehicle gives us. We do like the heated seats in the winter.


Suggested Improvements

Back-up camera, Bluetooth, MP3 docking port, more educated nav system. I believe this may be the weakest link in the electronics in a vehicle of this caliber. It is not the most user friendly. It can't find long time streets or roads consistently.


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First 12000 miles
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Phil Wakeling
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I traded a 1999 Subaru Impreza on the Highlander and get better mileage than the little 4 cylinder. Four cylinder economy and V8 power - great combination. My overall average fuel consumption for 10 months of mixed driving (mostly in Michigan) is 26 mpg. Best was 28 mpg for local driving - no freeways - and the worst was 23 mpg on 10% methanol in Iowa on I80 at 80 mph. This is a fun an comfortable car to drive - not as quiet as my wife's Avalon, but close. It is stable in the snow at freeway speeds and climbs snowy slopes with ease. I have driven in beach sand with no problems. The high torque at low speed works well in these circumstances, almost like a low range on a conventional 4wd.


Favorite Features

Continuous transmission, fuel economy, acceleration and driving comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Auto wipers, an MP3 player/connection and Bluetooth.


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Two thumbs up
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By jay k.
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I just can't say enough about this vehicle. The ride is comfortable, the gas consumption is low for the size of the vehicle and the amenities abound in the Limited version.


Favorite Features

The navigation package with the on screen control of the map, audio system and climate control is wonderful


Suggested Improvements

The power moon roof needs a one touch close system as it is hard to find the closed position, there ought to be a power outlet in the back seat for the kids gameboys and a standard 110 outlet should be included in the vehicle. The middle console size should be increased a bit for more CDs.


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Over paid for hybrid
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By steve smith
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Should have kept my RX 330. We thought the mileage was going to be so much better but the joke was on us for paying $4500 more for the hybrid. If you drive the suv in the city for 100,000 miles you might make up the difference. Plus we did not get our tax credit because we leased. The value is going down because gas has leveled off. Can not wait till the lease is up.


Favorite Features

Ride, comfort, acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

Memory seats, power tailgate, option for stereo upgrade, lighter hood so you do not need a rod to hold it open.


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100% satisfied!
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By JBL
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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This is by far the BEST vehicle I have ever owned. So far, with 40K miles, the vehicle has performed flawlessly! The best mileage I have obtained so far was in the summer of 2006. I averaged 35.2 over 576 miles! So it can be done - the vehicle is capable of beating EPA estimates! Had I been more careful, the mpg would have been even higher. This was without extreme driving techniques, but using only gentle driving - no hard acceleration or braking and included several steep hills, up as well as down & mostly highway. This is not the norm though as the avg. is 28-30 warmer months and 25- 26 in colder months. Don't blame Toyota for Federal EPA mileage flaws. ALL vehicles are usually LOWER.


Favorite Features

Hybrid feature (268HP) with 5 less horsepower than the big V8 Sequoia (273HP)


Suggested Improvements

Offer satellite radio & rear camera as options.


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