I have had my Highlander for 11 months and have little over 12,000 miles. The car is great to drive it handles better then any if my previous SUVs (Suburban, 4 Runner, 2002 Highlander Limited). The mileage in town (all city driving) is between 23.5 to 25. There is a sweet spot for the EV at 35-40 MPH.
I'm at about 1000 miles and still breaking it in. Averaging 24.5 in winter weather so extremely happy with that. Traded a Camry Hybrid in after 63,000 miles so I know how to maximize this from the "get go". It's so much more functional than the Camry, and I wanted an awd for the wife who is now driving daily in all types of weather and needs the space to haul the grandkids around. I am pleasantly surprised at how much more comfortable it is over the TCH. It is extremely versatile yet an economical vehicle to drive. You do have to "baby it" to maximize the mileage, but even my wife is getting around 23.5 and she does nothing special.
I'm not a fan of this vehicle. People that think toyotas are the greatest thing will gladly overlook all of it's shortcomings, but I don't. It's an ugly car. The interior being the worst. You need a PHd to work the navigation system, for real! Most complicated and illogical system I've ever seen. Many of the interior items have broken, due to cheap plasticky materials. One door refuses to lock or unlock with the keyless entry system. One of the power outlets won't work. The tire air pressure monitor shows the tire pressures, but doesn't tell you which tire has which pressure. The radio doesn't sound great, and the interface of the touchscreen is painfully SLOW. Like watching paint dry, slow! The voice for the navigation is annoying and speaks comically slow, plus you can't turn her down. Even when you turn her volume down, she comes across at whatever volume she wants, like she has a mind of her own. Other than a lot of road noise and the steering wheel never being centered, it drives ok. The brakes do jerk and make noise every once in a while, I guess due to the "charging" thing they have. The mileage isn't good. I get about 20-21 on the hwy. There are full size SUVs that get that. I'm not sure that environmentalists have given enough thought to these hybrids. Other than the mileage being very average, soon I'm gonna have to replace the hybrid battery. Not only does it cost $4500 from the dealer, but where do you think these big ole batteries go when we get rid of them? Pretty soon we are gonna have a ton of these giant acid filled boxes that present a problem for our environment. So, this car will get you from point A to point B ok, but with so many options that are far superior to this, why would you choose this one?
Can you have refined and fun in same ride ...YES !
written on 03-04-2014
I shoot landscape Photography and an outdoors type of person, this Ride has it all. The Sun/Moon roof with Sirius brings the Moon right in with the right Tunes. You've got a class ride with built in luxury coupled with a frame and suspension that can take you Almost anywhere with the world in front of you, so instead of always letting your mind taking you on a trip, why not give your mind a rest, and you take it on a trip, let it rip ! 27.6 mpg city 29+ mpg hwy
I purchased a 2009 highlander Ltd Hybrid with the expectation that I would experience MPG at or above the sticker stated 27 city and 25 highway. It seems that there is a problem with the electric motors or the computer which controls the timing of the electric and gas motor operation. Toyota specifications indicate that the three electric motors come on line in higher torque needs such as when starting from a light or going up grades to minimize the use of the gas engine. This car does not do that. The gas engine is forced to run in almost all situations because only the front electric motors operate. The car acts like a standard gas vehicle instead of a hybrid.