2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Reviews& Test Drives – Green Car Reports

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2011 Toyota Highlander – Review

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Unlike dedicated without a comparable gas-only the 2011 Toyota Highlander carries its gasoline-electric powertrain in a that looks just the conventional Highlander mid-size utility vehicle. It’s a hybrid utility vehicle, and well-equipped, though hardly a car for the driver.

It shares the standard Highlander’s and cons, with seating for at the top of the advantages list. In fact, the sole seven-passenger hybrid sold in the U.S. today, a second seat usable by large adultsthough that seat is suitable only for The fold-down middle seat in the row is also particularly clever, it much easier for those to pass though into the row.

The Hybrid Synergy powertrain is shared with the fancier Lexus RX 450h. made up of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine to Toyota’s electronic continuously transmission, which contains two motor-generators. They both the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and engine torque in powering the wheels.

Combined output of the engine and is a substantial 280 horsepower. The standard is provided by a third electric driving the rear wheels, it’s for light-duty use only the fully mechanical all-wheel-drive in the Ford Escape Hybrid).

The 2011 Toyota Highlander is EPA-rated at 28 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, for a overall rating of 28 mpg. good gas mileage for a large like this one, and of 25 percent more fuel-efficient the 22-mpg combined rating for the front-wheel-drive gasoline Highlander. And a huge improvement on the dismal 19 mpg of the V-6 version with all-wheel-drive.

The improvement from fitting the system, however, doesn’t as great as in smaller Toyota because the overall miles per are lower. That simply the fact that it takes energy to push this heavy vehicle through the

Other advantages to the Highlander include stellar safety and equipment, including a “Top Pick” from the Insurance for Highway Safety (IIHS). also a substantial list of equipment even before you ticking boxes on the options Two trim levelsbase and the top-of-the-line offered on the Highander Hybrid, an options list including sound systems, a power a navigation system, a power and various other luxury and items.

Styling is somewhere between and invisible, though its intended of families may not particularly care. For the Highlander Hybrid received a styling refreshthe first its launch as a 2008 model.

The suspension and handling are soft and with the electric power lacking any road feel at The tradeoff, though, is that quiet and comfortable inside, it a good (if uninvolving) transport for longer family trips sips rather than gasoline.

For more details, see the review of the 2011 Toyota series on our sister site,

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