2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Consumer Review: Not The Best Buy

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV - Consumer Review

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Not The Best Buy
By lazarus2 on


2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Unlike a gasoline engine, electric motors have maximum torque the instant you apply power. You can go from 60 to 80 in about three seconds if you punch it. But there is a big problem for the unwary; the Highlander has severe torque-steer and could drag an unsuspecting driver right into another vehicle they are passing. Does not come close to EPA fuel economy ratings. The 28/28 mpg only works at around 40 mph. Otherwise it is 23/26 with a combined mpg of 25 no matter how you drive.

Best Features

Solid, handles very well with excellent brakes. Visibility is good and I like the backup camera although it could be implemented better (see the Ford Fusion.) The Navigation system is really nice but is best for cities as it lacks detail out of town. Use a Garmin if you are traveling off the Interstates.

Worst Features

Front and rear collision sonar tied into the cruise control to avoid rear-end collisions; blind spot monitors; real bucket seats; include six-pin wiring for towing trailers with electric brakes.
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