2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Consumer Review: 18 days and 2 tanks

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - Consumer Review

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


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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