2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Consumer Review: Steady Eddie

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Steady Eddie
By eessydo on


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


Many complaints about this vehicle saying it is "sluggish" on a test drive. My guess is that the dealer had the "ECON" button engaged when they pushed the accelerator down. The 270 horse is more than enough to get out of a jam. Comfort is definitely not an issue. It came down to the Ford Escape Hy or this vehicle, and while the ford gets better gas mileage and is a little more "off-road" ready, this car is built much better, and the average commuter will feel less bumps in the road. FYI, you have to be VERY active in your driving style to get the 27 mpg city in this car. It will take a while for you to learn the techniques to maximize fuel economy.

Best Features

Semi fuel efficient for a mid-size SUV, third row seat, quality, ride, EV mode.

Worst Features

"Smarter" fuel economy built in for passive drivers. You have to stay active pushing EV at stop lights and around corners when viable. Also have to use less psycho hypermiling techniques to get over the 27 mpg city. I am currently at 28.5 mpg.
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