Technology Package, Power Liftgate/DeckLid, Auto Cruise Control, 4WD/AWD, Leather Seats, JBL Sound System
6 Cylinders, 4WD, 3.5L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 24K Miles, Black/Black
We love our new 07 Hybrid Highlander! The nav system is great too! Our total gas mileage continues to rise as we put more and more in-town miles on it. We are up to 26.5 average with 2500 miles total.
I bought my Highlander in January of 2007. I was expecting something close to the MPG estimates of 32 city and 26 hwy. What I am getting is an average of 24 both city and hwy. I have never achieved 30 MPG anywhere. I get excited when I get 26 in the city, where most of my driving occurs. I guess I expected more. It dosen't make much difference how you drive it, slow and cautious or regular with starts and stops like everyone else, I still get 24 MPG. I talked to the dealer and got no satisfaction, just a bunch of double talk about how mileage estatements are figured. I like the car, but I wish they would be more forthright in what you may expect in real time mileage.
I owned a Prius for 6 months before I purchased a Highlander Hybrid (I still also own the Prius). They are two very different cars. Driven very, very carefully, the Highlander Hybrid will get 30 MPG, whereas the Prius, driven the same, will get 60 MPG. Driven normally, the Highlander gets 24 MPG and the Prius gets 45 MPG. The Highlander Hybrid is a LOT more fun than the Prius. If you floor it on dry pavement it will do 60 MPH in 6 seconds -- amazing for a car this size, and the exact opposite of what you'd expect from a Hybrid. It actually feels a lot like a supercharged V6. The Higlander Hybrid also handles and drives very much like a normal SUV. You can just get in and drive it like a normal car without realizing it's a Hybrid (except that it doesn't make any of the normal "starting" noise when you turn the key, and is practically dead silent at stoplights). Seems like Toyota's goal on the Highlander Hybrid was to achieve *extra* performance without sacrificing economy, whereas on the Prius, their goal was clearly just the best economy possible in a reasonably practical car. The 3rd row seat is suitable only for children (or maybe small adults, for a very short trip). The rest of the 2006 Highlander is very comfortable and practical. If you're looking for fantastic mileage, get a Prius. If you're looking for the most eco-friendly, fuel-efficient way to carry 7 people or extra cargo, plus some very serious engine power, get a Highlander Hybrid. Hope this helps.