2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - Road Test Specs

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

(3.3L V6 Hybrid AWD CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
ModelHighlander Hybrid
Style4dr SUV
As-tested MSRPN/A


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3300cc (201 cu-in)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)212 @ 3,600
Transmission typeCVT


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut, coil springs
Suspension, rearDual-link MacPherson strut, coil springs
Steering typeElectronic power steering
Tire brandToyo
Tire modelA20 Open Country
Tire size, frontP245/55R19
Tire size, rearP245/55R19
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph (sec.)7.5
0-75 mph (sec.)10.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.6 @ 91.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)57.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.4
@ Full throttle (dB)69.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsVery slow off the line, but happily on its way by 40-50 mph. Cannot detect power from two sources at all. Zero shift is, however noticeable.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsAlmost no regen-braking in "D" with foot off throttle. (Plenty of it in "B"). Lots of pitch and no sound of ABS. No difference in D or B during brake test.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsToo-light steering and too-soft dampers make the Highlander feel like a fish out of water here. It feels big and slow to react, yet the stability-control threshold is set outside the tires' limits. This SUV will actually allow some slide/scrub before it intervenes. (So unlike previous Toyota/Lexus SUVs).

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)75.7
Wind (mph, direction)2.5

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 city /26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4508
Length (in.)188.4
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)69.3
Wheelbase (in.)109.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.4
Headroom, front (in.)40.6
Headroom, rear (in.)39.8
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)94.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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