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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

  • 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/N/A
    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $34,200
  • 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Sport Utility

    Limited Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      270/N/A
    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $40,450
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

An enjoyable, reliable, and well-performing sport utility vehicle.

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Overview

The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an SUV that offers good gas mileage. This car has a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine with 270 horsepower along with two electric motors in the front and rear. Drivers of the 2008 Highland Hybrid mentioned that it rides better in warmer climates than in snowy conditions. Other customers mentioned they were impressed with the towing capacity, as some were able to tow large recreational vehicles with this SUV. Overall, the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers drivers a combination of SUV versatility and midsize sedan fuel efficiency. It is also backed by the legendary Toyota reputation of quality, reliability, and longevity. However, it is still a hybrid; because of this, it poses several questions regarding the cost to replace the battery. Nevertheless, the Highlander Hybrid is still a capable and efficient SUV, a rare combination in the automotive marketplace.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: variable five-speed automatic transmission
Models: Base 2WD, Base 4WD, Limited 2WD, Limited 4WD

What's New

Improvements have been made to the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to ensure better gas mileage and to reduce fuel consumption on the road.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s measurements are 75.2 inches wide, 68.1 inches tall, and 188.4 inches long. The front and rear tracks are 64.0 inches, and the wheelbase is 109.8 inches. The towing capacity is 3500 pounds, and the curb weight is 4508 pounds. The exterior boasts rugged yet sleek styling. It is not overly flashy or profound but still maintains a classic, simplistic style. It has a large front grille and xenon headlights. The Highlander Hybrid comes in a variety of exterior colors.

Interior

The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has three rows of seating, but the third row is rather cramped. However, the second row seats are foldable and offer decent leg and headroom. This car is comfortable to ride in with upholstered cloth seats but also has the option of luxury leather trim. There is also an adjustable driver’s seat, and the steering wheel is easy to reach. This vehicle has ample space, especially leg and headroom for taller passengers. It also has a large amount of cargo room, especially with the third row of seats folded flat. An integrated turn-by-turn navigation system is an optional upgrade that also offers a rear backup camera. The backup camera is an extra feature that helps drivers have better rear vision while parking. The front head room is 40.6 inches, and front hip room is 56.7 inches. The front leg room is 43.2 inches, and front shoulder room is 59.7 inches. The rear hip room is 56.3 inches, and rear head room is 39.8 inches. The rear shoulder room is 59.3 inches, and rear leg room is 38.4 inches.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid rides smoothly on the road, and it has great acceleration. The power steering works efficiently and the transmission functions smoothly for shifting gears and parking. While the V-6 engine is powerful, it keeps fuel consumption at a minimum because of the dual electric motors. Drivers reported little trouble with this car’s performance, and they were impressed with how well the car runs on long trips. The tank size is also adequate. The front fog lights do a good job of helping drivers see better on foggy roads. The brakes and tires also work well on the road.

Safety

The safety features include front and rear seat airbags, traction control, brake assist with anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, child safety door locks in rear, whiplash protection, front seat belt pre-tensioners, and stability control. This car received favorable safety ratings, and customers were pleased with how well these safety features worked.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 27/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy for an SUV
  • Lots of interior space for passengers and cargo
  • Good towing capacity
  • Luxurious Amenities

You Won't Like

  • Narrow third row seat
  • High cost of hybrid battery replacement

Sum Up

An enjoyable, reliable, and well-performing sport utility vehicle.

If You Like This Vehicle

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