2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid User Reviews
- $18,331 - $22,791
- No trim specified for this review
- Roomy, fixed some ergonomic problems in the old Highlander
- Disappointed in gas mileage, which started out OK but then dropped
I had a 2005 Highlander that I liked but which I was thinking of selling so that I could get a vehicle with better gas mileage. When it was totaled in an accident, I took the opportunity to get the hybrid version of the same car since I was happy with how well the car protected us in the crash. At first, the gas mileage was pretty good for an SUV, averaging 25-26 MPG. Now, with close to 4000 miles, the fuel economy has inexplicably dropped to 20-21 MPG even when I drive in full-time econ mode, which feels underpowered and takes any pleasure out of driving the car. This is with no change in my driving habits that I can figure out, not running the air conditioner or driving with windows open. The fuel economy is somewhat better on the highway, which seems very unhybrid-like. The car has also developed a very irritating rattle in the dashboard. Overall, I have been somewhat disappointed with this car - the fuel economy is now barely better than my old non-hybrid Highlander, and it does not seem as well constructed. Some of the features, such as the Bluetooth, are nice, but I assume that those are becoming standard for new cars. The third row is also more useable than in the old car, but when the third row seat is up you can't fit anything behind it (we tried to put a Tupperware container back there the other day and couldn't close the liftgate); Toyota should really have provided a split third row. I am hoping that the MPG bounces back but am not holding my breath.
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