Top 5 hybrid SUVs available today, number 4: Toyota Highlander

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We got the chance to drive the Toyota Highlander hybrid a while back and came away thinking it was a bit overpriced. It's a bit cheaper than the Tahoe or Yukon, but not by much. When current incentives for the GM products are factored in, the difference may be a wash. So, let's examine its efficiency. Like the Tahoe, the Highlander hybrid also comes as a standard model, so a comparison can be made. The regular Highlander with four-wheel-drive gets 17 mpg in city and 23 on the highway. It'll run $3,188 for a year's worth of gas. The hybrid model improves things a bit to 27 city and 25 highway, leading to a savings of $855 for your year's supply of fuel.

All in all, the Highlander hybrid is a worthwhile improvement over its normal sibling. Is it worth the cost, though? That's hard to say, so we'd suggest looking at all of your options before making a choice. Let's move on.

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