2018 Highlander Hybrid New Car Test Drive
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Reviews (9)
Great , fun and interesting ride
I had a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. I was getting 32 mpg fuel economy out of that little compact SUV in the Spring & Fall, and 28 mpg in the Summer & Winter. The A/C, heater and fans seem to tax the hybrid system for some reason. I have a service dog that goes everywhere I go and he took up the whole back space when the 2nd row seats were up, but preferred having the 2nd row seats down so he could stretch out. There was no 3rd row seats in the Escape, but it worked for us. I really liked that SUV. At the end of this year my girlfriend is getting a service dog, so the Escape just will not do the job at that point. I began looking for a replacement. In 2008 when I bought the Ford Escape it was pretty much the same size as the Toyota Highlander. I picked the Ford because I liked the fuel economy better. Jump to 2016 and the Ford Escape no longer has a hybrid trim and the Toyota Highlander is 3 generations bigger. I was startled, when I went to the Toyota dealers lot for a test drive, at the size it had become. However this was just what I needed for the increased size family coming up in a few months. The ride was quiet, comfortable with great visibility. It has more 'Bells and Whistles' than I have uncovered yet, and I am enjoying each one I discover. The manuals keep me reading until late at night. There is a lot the Toyota engineers put in this SUV, such as the Navigation System, the Driver's Technology Package, the Telemetric System, the interface with my smart phone, and so much more. It use to be I just got in the car, turned the key and waited for it to warm up. This 2016 Highlander does not even have a key. I took a trip up the mountain to Reno (120 miles). I got 31 mpg (no A/C). I dove the day around Reno and got 28 mpg (no A/C). I drove home (120 miles) and got 34 mpg. I did use the basic, 'Pulse and glide' hipermiling technique, but was very happy with the results for big SUV nearing 5,000 pounds in weight. The only complaint I have thus far is when I raise the driver's seat full height the seat belt socket on the right gets lost in the seat custion.
2015 Highlander Hybrid Platinum Review
I traded in a 2014 Rav4EV one of two electric vehicles we had. I had experienced a problem with the Air Bag System on the Rav4EV that after 3 visits to the Toyota Dealership was still unresolved. We took it back for a forth try and that is when I decided to part with the car. While I loved the Rav4EV, we were limited to about a 125 mile round trip without stopping to recharge. And of course sense there was no fast charger on the car that meant you would have to sit for a long time to gain any mileage during charging. We are planning on moving back to Santa Barbara and felt that we needed a vehicle that could drive at ********* miles without stopping for charging or refueling. The other need was a space for our large Great Pyrenees Frankie. He fit in the Rav4EV but it was tight. The other concern was during the summer when it gets hot in Orange County there is no ventilation in the rear. So we have to have our air at high to keep him cool. So when I made the emotional decision to change cars I wanted something that had the distance capability as well as a space for our boy. There were no large plug ins available that would work. Mitsubishi kept promising to bring their PREV to the States but as yet had not. The Volvo XC90 PREV was not yet available. We decided on a Hybrid vehicle. Three are not too many around that are large. The Lexus RX450 is no a whole lot larger than the Rav4EV so we kind of dropped that vehicle. There was the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Since we have had 2 Prius vehicles, and the Rav4EV, I thought that the Highlander might be a good fit. We drove one and while it felt really large had all the stuff we wanted. I was determined that the next vehicle would have an excellent safety rating. I especially wanted blind spot monitoring. Every time I go from one car to another I have to readjust to the space and that can create some scary situations. The 2015 Highlander Hybrid Platinum has all the bells and whistles. The only things I could think of that were missing were LED Headlights (which I just added), LED Rear Tail Lights (Which I just ordered), Side mirrors that power fold (I am still looking for aftermarket) and a slightly better rating for collision prevention (The car does not completely stop itself but slows down). Other than that there are some picky things. I would like the stereo to have a better subwoofer. The leather could be softer and smell like leather. That is just being picky I guess. As for what I like. The car has great pickup. Nothing like an electric motor for quick torque off the line. The mileage is just far around 26 miles per gallon. Terrible versus our all electric Rav4EV but certainly better than most midsize SUVs. The vehicle is very comfortable to drive. Easy to drive. Visibility is great, and I like sitting up high. It has memory for two drivers so the seats and especially the mirrors can be set. The Entune works well and easily pairs with Apple iPhones. The back has a separate air condition adjustment both for temperature as well as fan speed. Frankie loves that. Also the rear window opens separate from the tailgate which is great when we leave him in the car. We can open the rear windows and then pop the rear glass and he is safe and kept cool. The body style is nice looking. The hood is heavy and needs to have auto lifting struts. I will add those as soon as I find a source. The vehicle drives well and can easily keep up with traffic. Thus far I have not had any quality issues to deal with. I am still getting use to all the electronics. The Navigation works well. You can dump your messages from the iPhone directly into the system and they are then read out to you. I don't using messaging a lot but can see that it would be beneficial. One problem is that I am driving the Highlander everywhere. So the miles driven is much higher than the Rav4EV. So I need to slow down and make sure I am driving our other vehicles. Oh, I really like the auto rear hatch and the fact that you can adjust the height of the opening. With the third row seats folded flat there is a lot of room. So my trips to Lowes and Home depot allow me to bring it all home. All and all this is a great vehicle and will serve us well.
AOL user 2013-07-19 11:30:03
Traded my much newer Nissan in for this Highlander Hybrid to get better towing capacity. The car tows the boat much better and I get better mileage overall. Without towing we get 1 mpg better overall and when towing the boat we get considerably better mileage than the Nissan. Average 19-20 mpg pulling the boat compared to 12-14 mpg and 25-26 mpg average with 50-50 city/hwy driving. The car is convenient inside and out. We don't use the 3rd row seat and due to the back adjustment of the 2nd row seats those are very comfortable for full size (6' & 200lbs plus) adults. Easy to park in the garage with space to spare. The moon roof is great and controls for everything are ergonomically placed. I did miss my phone controls from the Nissan and replaced the excellent OEM radio with a new Sony with Bluetooth so I can phone talk easier while driving. Overall the car drives nice although I'm surprised that it is rougher than expected but still smoother than a truck based chassis car. I've heard the 3rd generation "Synergy" on the new Highlander is even better but I'm not sure the cost associated with a new model is worth it. There are many CUV's on the market that are getting decent mileage and are "loaded" for a lot less money. That said I'm very happy with my pre-owned Hybrid and would recommend it to anybody looking for a used CUV/SUV with hauling capabilities car.
I luv this car
bomac114 2011-11-06 16:29:15
I've owned this vehicle since 1/2007. I have 59K on it Last Oct had to buy new tires and since that time, on-the-road mileage had gone from 30 mph to 24-25 at 65 mph. In town is about 27. Changed engine air filter and air conditioner air filter. Run tires at 35 psi because our tire guy said it works better at that psi. I like this vehicle very much, but am so dissappointed in the change of gas mileage. I bought it for BWI area driving and am now in NC so most of my driving is highway but no stop and go.
60K miles in under 36 mos, few problems
AOL user 2010-04-09 06:01:10
I leased a 2007 hylander/hybrid in May of 2007. It is well appointed, comfortable and relatively few issues...however, the 2 I had were significant: 1. The car would frequently, about every 60-90 days, have a dead battery in the a.m. when I went to start it. Never found out why, just glad I had AAA to come & give me a jump start all those times. 2. Out of no-where, without warning, the nav system had a meltdown. It gave wacky info and was unreliable for about 3 or 4 months. I actually had to put my plug-in garmin in the car, which really p____sed me off cuz it's over $2K to add into the car up front and it's not FIXABLE...it's only replaceable....then, out of the blue - again, it started working again. Had it at the dealer's several times, they reloaded the system and it never helped. Don't know why it finally is OK now, but it is. I'd rate the car 3 1/2 to 4 stars, it's comfortable and has great features. I'm not going Toyota again, I've had 3 in a row and now with this gas petal problem - enuf is enuf for me cuz of the nav & battery problems I had. PS the dealer lied, cheated and was horrible. Toyota financial applied lease pmts to the wrong account (old one that was closed) and I had to go to the Attny General in my state to square away the original deal I was supposed to have.
We love this car!
AOL user 2009-08-20 04:47:12
Leasing this car was the best decision. The ride is quiet and comfortable. The sound system is awesome. And although its a hybrid and an SUV, the car handles amazingly well and is fun to drive. We can do a 120 mile trip from our home in the city to our vacation home using under a quarter tank of gas. Our Highlander Hybrid has never broken down. We love this car so much that we extended our lease for an extra six months. We will be very sad to return it in December.
Review of 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
AOL user 2009-03-10 08:45:28
Toyota Highlander 2008
EmmaGrady 2009-02-14 07:30:37
I have had my Highlander Hybrid just about a year. I really love it. I drove a regular Highlander for 3 years.I am a Toyota person. The quality and performance you get from Toyota just can not compare to other cars.
AOL user 2009-01-28 12:30:30
I have owned a Highlander Limited which is loaded for almost a year. It is easy to handle and very comfortable. The controls are convienent and easy to reach. I am getting 28MPG..that includes in town,I-95, and rural two lane roads. The small seat in the second row allows my daughter to sit comfortably between two baby seats. The third seat is comfortable for local trips, maybe not for an 8 hour drive. It is a fun car to drive, especially trying to improve my MPG. The only thing that I would improve is the manual. The car is smart and there a many things that I do not use everyday that I am trying to learn. Be sure that your sales person can walk you throught the equipment and answer any questions that you have. GREAT FUN CAR
Highlander Hybrid - Great in the snow.
AOL user 2009-01-23 13:46:50
While the vehicle has less than 1,000 miles, I did have the opportunity to be caught in a heavy snow storm and drove on roads that had not been plowed or driven on (middle of the night excursion to a hospital). The Highlander performed flawlessly at speeds greater than I would have driven in other vehicles I have owned and I have driven in a lot of bad snow storms in the past. The vehicle never slipped and handled the curvy roads very well. I was very comfortable and confident in how the vehicle handled. The mileage so far has been decent and I would expect it to get better as the vehicle breaks in. Overall, I am very happy with it so far.