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18 days and 2 tanks
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I've had this vehicle for about 680 miles and two tanks at 23.5 and 25.5 mpg. Not bad coming from a V8 Grand Cherokee @ 13 mpg. Ride is comfortable but a bit soft according to my preferences. Body roll and motions are controlled but nevertheless a bit too active for my taste. Steering is light which is good in parking lots but overly sensitive on the highway. Hybrid system works well but requires much attention to use effectively and optimally. Overall, the vehicle is quiet and suits my family needs well albeit in an unexciting and uninspiring way. If not for the hybrid system and the need for a SUV, I would have looked elsewhere.


Best Features

Hybrid system, energy monitor, small LCD display features, 2nd row leg room, 2nd row captain's chair, 2nd row fore/aft adjustment and recline feature, 2nd/3rd row HVAC vents in ceiling,


Worst Features

Driver's memory seat std, 6-way min pass seat, remove navi lockout, real iPod interface, trailer hitch std, split 3rd row, increase EV to 40mph, more flexibility when EV mode can be used, allow rear DVD to play thru speakers, location ID for tire press, pwr folding ext mirrors, lower price by $4k


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By MJS
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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~200 miles so far. Comfortable but chassis is geared for grandma. I prefer more responsive steering and suspension feedback but hey, this is a Toyota. I bought this for the MPG only and the need for a SUV. Otherwise not too exciting. Ride is quiet but steering is a bit loose at highway speeds. Too much assist and its not the speed sensitive type. Center console lacks imagination. No coin slot for individual coins amongst others. I can fit a rear facing carseat behind the passenger seat and someone can still ride in the front. Too bad you can't put the child seat in the center and have two 2nd row passengers (seat belt interferes) So far about 24mpg... lots of breaking in left


Best Features

MPG, drivers seat thigh extension, secondary LCD screen, EV mode, captains chairs in 2nd row, full size spare, 2nd/3rd row HVAC vents in ceiling, reliability (I hope), power rear hatch, push button start


Worst Features

Fully functional navi, driver's memory seats, 8-way pass power seat, tow hitch std, tire pressure location indicator, true iPod connection & charge, Rear DVD to play thru vehicle speakers, more cargo storage bins like 09 Pilot, side window shades, larger sunroof, raise EV speed to 40, split 3rd row


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By Design Professional
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Since purchasing our Toyota Highlander Hybrid in December of 2007, we've driven nearly 9,000 miles. The car sees cold and snow when we visit Colorado in the winter and extreme heat when we visit Arizona in the summer. It is comfortable in both extremes. Very good in snow and ice, and quite at home on Mexico beaches. We've averaged 26-27 MPG with little effort, but we do drive somewhat slower with gas at $4.00. The interior features are a little more than we desired, but we wanted leather seating. The backup camera is hard to see when it's sunny and we have a small hard to detect rattle in the dash. We're sure Toyota will find the rattle and we'll keep the car until it has a plug-in accessory


Best Features

Hybrid technology (mileage), comfort, great seats for long drives, quality, durability, back gate opening and closing, roomier than our 2005 and good service,


Worst Features

Make the rearview camera really an accessory, pay more attention to rattles and quality, give the hybrid an option of a little more off-road capability and stiffer suspension. Roof rack more functional and cross-bars included. Let rear gate open with a ski box on top. Please-a plug-after market.


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Highlander Hybrid A Great Car
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By Alan Allison
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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We have owned the H/H for 4 months and love the vehicle. It drives and rides like a dream. We took 4 people, 4 medium suitcases, and 4 sets of golf clubs on a 1300 mile golf and wine buying trip. The back was full to the ceiling but we still had room for two cases of wine to bring home.Overall gas mileage is averaging 25mpg. So far we get better highway mpg 26-27 than city 24-25. Gas mileage was about 2.5 mpg higher before Oregon stuck it to the public with ethanol. Acceleration and passing ability is good, but if you lead foot the car a lot while driving it will cost you in mileage.


Best Features

Seating comfort, hybrid drive system, steering and handling.


Worst Features

Shed some weight and improve the gas mileage even further


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Love this car!
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By ilener
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I owned an Audi A6 prior to this and all I can say is I love this car! Sure, the Audi looked a little sportier, but it was constantly having mechanical problems or one little plastic piece or another break off inside. This car is much more rugged and reliable. It can take abuse by bumpy roads and kids without a hiccup. I love the keyless remote - so handy when my keys are at the bottom of my purse. The huge backup camera screen, extra wide mirror, and super adjustable seat mean that I can be comfortable and have great visibility. My sister has a comparably sized Acura and is gets a measly 10mpg, far below its advertised mpg -- and the dealer has not been able to fix it. Love my car!


Best Features

Interior comfort and all around durability


Worst Features

More color choices in fully optioned vehicles. DVD option in Hybrids should be available.


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