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Default 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

0-60 in under 8 seconds; 27.4mpg!




http://www.auto123.com/en/info/news/...py?artid=22210
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A 2006 Highlander. That means we don't get to see it on the road for another year and a half.

The article was unnecessarily mean to Honda's hybrids, calling them "mild" in an unusual use of the term. Makes the article sound less than unbiased (written by Toyota press release?).

The extra motor for the rear wheels is a great concept. Hope it works out well in practice. If they do it right, it could be one of the best implementations of 4 wheel drive around. They've already picked out a new name for it: "electric four-wheel-drive with intelligence" (4WD-I).

I see the U.S. automotive industry is claiming the hybrid will add $4000-6000 to the cost of an SUV. I expect Toyota will prove them wrong once again.

Also odd that they list the only direct competitor being the Ford Escape hybrid. That doesn't sound like a direct competitor at all, it's much smaller. They should list all the large SUVs as direct competitors. You don't go out shopping for a hybrid, you go out shopping for a vehicle that meets your need/desire for size, power, cost, and ability to impress those you want impressed. So the Highlander's competitors will be vehicles with similar properties along those lines. Being a hybrid will just give it certain competitive advantages.
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Several dealers that I have talked to have claimed that the HH will be on the lots in 6-8 months. I live in Anchorage, Alaska and I imagine someone in the lower 48 will be able to get it sooner than I, so perhaps not so long a wait as you expect.
 
 
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Hi rbrown,
You're numbers are more in line with what had been reported before. That's why I'm surprised the model year is listed as 2006 in the article. I'm wondering if plans have changed.
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Hopefully just a typo on the newspaper's part, if you go to toyota.com and look at the mini-website for the hybrid Highlander it says "2005 Hybrid Highlander." I think we're safe.
 
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What is the MPG for the Hylander?

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Hi Clett:

___I hope Toyota has reached a bit higher then just 27.4 mpg.

___Here is a thread including pics of the MDXs game gauge before it was even broken in. I usually get higher then 27.4 mpg going back and forth to the gas station let alone out on the hwy and it is already a sub 8 second SUV depending on who tested it

___Good Luck

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Hi All:

___I forgot to log in I hope Toyota has reached a bit higher then just 27.4 mpg.

___Below is a pic of MDXs mileage screen and odometer before it was even broken in. I usually get higher then 27.4 mpg going back and forth to the gas station let alone out on the hwy and it is already a sub 8 second SUV depending on who tested it

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Hi All:

___I have now read that the RXh will be EPA rated for 31/36 city/highway so I suspect the Highlander to do nearly as well given they are built off the same platforms? I can only hope anyway

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What is the MPG for the Hylander?

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27.4 is the "all around average"
over 40MPG was achieved in stop and go / city traffic
 
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