2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
There are 7 user reviews for the 4X4 trim shown below
- Size, good fuel economy, Toyota reliability, 4WD, stab. control, side air bgs
- small jar when engine kicks in, lack of seat and mirror memory buttons
Replaced our best ever car, a 2000 Toyota Avalon, in order to get a 4 WD for the mtns. and better gas mileage than our 03 Yukon XL. Generally pleased although we got the standard model which saved big money over limited (cloth, no sun roof, no Nav. etc.). Does not ride as well as our Yukon. Driver's seat cannot be adjusted low enough for tall people although roof clearance is good. BIG miss was lack of memory seat buttons on any model and outside temp should be on rear view mirror. Has excellent power but we missed the trailor package. Could have a longer seat track on the passenger side for sleeping tall people. Ford cannot compete with Toyota's unbelievable reliability with their Escape Hybrid. Check Consumer Report repair charts. That will sell Toyota although we hear that Toyota will have a plug in charge model for 2008 with marked increase in MPG. Maybe buyers should wait on that model....read morehide
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- Powerful and environmentally friendly
- A Little pricey for limited features
I noticed many reviews were from sea level locations so I'm sending my impressions as a Colorado driver. I replaced a Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 with my Highlander. The Highlander is incredibly powerful and climbs the Rocky Mountains effortlessly, surprisingly better than my gas guzzling Jeep. I've gotten between 26 and 31 MPG, again a significant improvement. I haven't been able to test the 4X4 yet but snow is around the corner. There's plenty of cargo room for my black lab which he appreciates. Most economical SUV's have smaller cargo areas so I find the extra room appealing.
Like other reviewers, I'd love some additional MPG's but I'm overall happy with my decision to buy the Hybrid. Maybe our sacrific of extra $$'s will bring the price down for the followers. I feel better not putting so much emissions into the air. I'm making the "feel good" factor count....read morehide
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- Earth Friendly, Zippy Performance, Safe
- High Cost
For all the people upset about the MPG, do some research! The MPG posted on the windshield is required by law. Every car sold in the US is tested the same way, on an inside treadmill with no A/C, no wind, no curves, etc. NO car will ever get the window MPG. This is not a Toyota number, this is your government at work.
Of course, nobody ever calculates the MPG on a non-hybrid with the furvor of a hybrid owner, so perhaps you never noticed that every other new car you bought did not meet the window MPG either.
24-27 MPG seems to be the "real-life" overall MPG ... still very good for a heavy, safe car with good performance and a V6 engine. So please, don't blame Toyota for your "lower MPG" ... blame the EPA for the stupid way they calculate MPG for all cars....read morehide
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- Makes a better driver out of a person. Good for enviroment if pay attention to the hybrid abilities
- The vibration sound wind the sun roof is open at around 40mph is very bad I think.
My only fault is the vibration/rattle sound that comes and goes at about 40 mph speed when the sun roof is fully opened! The dealer said they couldnt hear any noise but it is surely there. There is no wind deflector on mine and I noticed hundreds without them also so must be something special about mine. Enjoy the ride as the car really fooled us since we traded a 1998 Deville for the Highlander. A pleasant surprise I might add. Fuel mileage at 5400 mile level is 28.2 and that is in town mostly with about 30% being "on the road". Recent trip to florida we got 32.5 for a portion of the trip however this was at 60mph steady. With the a/c on and at speeds of 65 to 70 the mileage dropped to 25. Great car....read morehide
6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Smooth ride, graet on fuel economy great acceleration
- Very quiet and don't even realize the car is turned on. 3rd row is snug.
This car was a great investment. I paid just a shade over 34,300 for a relatively loaded 4X4 with package 1A Sunroof 6cd 8speakers, Spolier fog lights package. This vehicle rides invredibly and as far as the gas mileage goes this car gets much better milage than my old VW Passat and has almost 2x's the horsepower and nearly twice the weight. Do your research before buying and bring price quotes with you to the dealership from vehicle wholesalers. The limited model was a bit steep in price and I didn't go for the leather package....read morehide
10 out of 23 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Quiet, good traction on ice, powerful acceleration and tows 500 more lbs than non-hybrid
- Only getting 23 City and 22 Hwy
I got the Highlander Hibrid for the extra horse power (tows 500 lbs more than non-hybrid) and for the extra mileage. The extra mileage did not materialize. In fact I think the 2WD (and maybe even 4WD) non-hybrid will get better gas mileage (in practice) than the Hybrid 4x4; although I drive it like I would any other car, so I am not maxing out the MPG, but I don't want to have to focus on maxing out my MPG when I drive. I would have got the lower horsepower Highlander if I was always starting and stopping slowly.....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, 3 row seating, GPS navigation system and DVD.
- Wheels are a little bit too small and Only children could go to the 3rd seat.
This is the best SUV with 3 rows of seats! Even if the 3rd row is up, you could still fit a lot of stuff behind the 3rd row. The fuel economy is excellent because of the hybrid!
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