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Toyota continues the hybrid assault with the new Highlander Hybrid. The Highlander uses the same setup as the Lexus RX 400h; a 3.3-liter V-6 mated to an electric engine with a combined horsepower rating of 268 and a 3500 lb towing capacity. The system sends the four-wheel drive SUV from 0-60 in 7.3 seconds and delivers the best fuel economy ratings in the mid-size 4x4 SUV segment at 31 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.
The Highlander Hybrid is also available in front-wheel drive configuration, delivering even higher fuel economy at 33 mpg city / 28 mpg highway. Both versions of the truck are classified as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
The Highlander Hybrid Limited adds a host of standard features like heated, leather trimmed seats, automatic climate control, JBL six disk CD-changer and silver and burled maple wood-grain style interior trim.
No prices have been announced. The SUV should be available at dealers in June of this year. All hybrid related components, including the battery are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. The rest of the vehicle falls under Toyota?s 36/36,000 new-vehicle limited warranty.