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No buyer's remorse on this purchase. I have been very impressed with the vehicle since I purchased. It has a very quite engine and plenty of power. Very nice looking vehicle from my perspective and was exactly what I was looking for since my last vehicle was a 4-Runner. Even though gas prices are dropping I have been really impressed with the gas mileage for a vehicle of this size. I am averaging about 25 MPG to this point with pretty even mix of highway and non-highway.
Traded in a 2003 Escape for this 2006 Highlander. Was looking for a little more room plus a more comfortable ride. Very smooth ride and much less road noise than the Escape. This is the first Hybrid I've had and it does have differences, not bad but different. The engine shuts down when stopped, feels like the car has stalled at first. When starting, the gas engine comes on after about 20 seconds but you can start driving before then. I notice the brakes feel and sound different (slight whine) which I assume is the system charging the battery. Highway speeds don't feel as steady as other cars, it may again be the periodic charging of the battery. Mileage so far has been about 27, normal driving, not too aggressive but not in the slow lane.
Every should switch to a hybrid. The savings in gas are amazing. We traded our Jeep and instantly could see the fuel savings. Our first trip in the hybrid was to the mountains in TN and had no problems on the steep roads to the cabin then turned around and went to alabama right after that. I know hybrids cost more out the door of the dealership so order a used one that has the depriciation already and they are a great value and amazing technology. Dont be afraid when the engine cuts off on its own its supposed to do that it cranks back up when needed thats part of the smart gas saving technology.