2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid User Reviews
- $20,384 - $25,961
- Plenty of room for passengers, Very comfortable, With third row down, there is plenty of cargo room.
- Cost a little too much, Gas milage could be better. No cargo room when third row is in use.
Purchased As New
Looks great from the inside and out. Base model has all the basic options you would need. Wish i would have paid the extra $2000 for the Sport model (dual climate control, steering wheel radio controls). 20,000 miles so far and loving this SUV. Best value in it's class.
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- 8 CUPHOLDERS within reach of the driver!
- Fuel economy could be better in City Driving
Purchased As New
I purchased my 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited in March of 2009. So far, I love it! My favorite feature (crazy as it sounds) is that there are 4 cupholders for the front passengers, and 4 more for the rear passengers, all of which are within reach of the Driver! I love that, now there's places to put my beverage(s), my cell phone, and other various items without them getting lost! I sure hope that Toyota keeps putting lots of cupholders in the Highlanders!
I also like the overall comfort of this vehicle. I'm 6'4" tall but have good legroom (another inch or two more would be nice, but heck, it's not a German vehicle)! I also really like the TOUCH SCREEN navigation system (the Lexus version of this vehicle, the RX450h) use a joystick system that seemed akward to use when I test drove it. The Highlander still has the fairly simple to use touch screen.
The exterior of this vehicle looks pretty good, could be a bit more "rugged" looking, maybe slightly taller (for a better view of the road ahead). But overall, it's a great vehicle, has only been in the shop for oil changes, and I have a feeling this baby is gonna last many years. Oh, and the fuel economy I've been getting around the city is in the low 20 mpg's. I was hoping for closer to 30 mpg. I'm not a fast driver and go easy on the gas pedal trying to get the best mileage, but 23-24 mpg's seems to be my overall average, with city & highway driving combined.
Finally, the audio system could be improved upon. Guess I'm spoiled from my old Lexus RX400h's Mark Levinson sound, but the Highlander's audio sounds a bit flat to me (even after tweaking the audio controls).
Buy this vehicle, you'll be glad you did!...read morehide
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- Best Fuel Economy, 19'' Wheels, Quite drive, Third Seat, Spacious Interior, CD system, Heated Seats
- Stearing Wheel lacks feel, Economy mode lacks power***, Seats are not cushy, design lacks style
Purchased As New
I bought 2009 Highlander hybrid limited last week (July 30th, 2009) and is absolutely loving this car. Just looking for an excuse to get into and drive the car all the time.
Well i am a car freak and has driven BMW X5, Lexus 350, Audi Q7, Lexus 430L, Range Rower and found out every car has its own + and -. There is not a signle car in market which will offer youy everything you want until you start going into custom made cars.
I have this highlander hybrid limited 2009 for almost a week now and has found out that it is best family car in the market in this segment.
It is worth every penny and i think i have made a smart choice.
I being a computer engg. have always being analytical about things i spend money on. This time while looking for a new car i was looking at few core things as i am going to be a father in few months.
Safety, Comfort, Energy and Environment frendly.
I looked at few other cars like Acura MDX as well as RX450h.
Acura is a very nice and sportiy car but being a Gas Guzler i passed on
I liked 450h but price all the options and third row seat were coming in way of buying it
Then i came across highlander and from start i looked at only limited versions.
Both gas and hybrid versions of highlander are great but i settled for hybrid as i just loved the quiteness and smoothness of drive.
Some people start looking at the cost of a hybrid vehicle by just doing the math in terms of gas and keep saying its not worth spending money on hybrid as extra money spended on it is not recoverable.
But i think it is not just about saving money in gas. It is much bigger than that. I think just the feeling that i have taken a step towords a better, cleaner, pollution free energy independent world. Just the feeling of it settles my mind.
People who just do math need to drive this car for a day and they will realize it.
I havent used the third seat yet but have tested going into the third row and even for me 6' and 200 pound it is easy enough. CD system is just great. Navigation and heated seats adds flavor. Lot of space. Our whole family (mom, dad, me my wife and coming child) can easily fit into it and even then we will have space for some guests.
Stou seat is just great and i think kids can really take advantage as they can easily move in the car. Rear seat temp controls are just great.
Overall this vehicle is one of the best in the market in this segment. Total family car and moreover not like will be called as i am driving my wife's car. Has the looks so that i can take to my work and can get some stares.
It has some cons also as every other car.
Like it lacks in experior as well as interior style. Being very spacious inside it lackes the cushy feeling you get in lexus or acura.
Some cheap plastic is used which you can find if you are damm critical about every nook and corner of car.
While driving in economy mode you press accelarator and will feel that vehicle is not responding to it.
But i think all the cons are driven my mind but if you look at overall picture these cons will start getting justified also.
Well to end i am very satisfied with the vehicle and absolutely love and will recommed to each and every one....read morehide
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- Grt mileage exclt handling, joy to drive
- None so far
Purchased As New
We bought this to travel with our dogs. They love it and the mileage is very good IF you use it properly. You can't jack rabbit or slam on the brakes and expect to get top mileage. You have to modify YOUR habits to get top mileage. We average 28 with some city but mostly freeway driving, better than our much smaller and supposedly more fuel efficient gas only cars. Quality is tops and our dealer was very cooperative and considerate....read morehide
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- Good acceleration, economy, convenience
- Carrying capacity
Purchased As Used
Purchased as a certified used vehicle. Very happy with the looks and fit/finish. I've averaged about 28.8 mpg to 29.0 mpg on the last 3 tanks of gas. And this is with the ECON mode OFF!!! My wife and I try to drive economically i.e. gradual acceleration and braking and maintaning speed with minor corrections of the accelerator pedal. It has paid off for us. I'm surprised since we carry our kids and all the gear that goes with. Stroller, car seats, etc. Thank you Toyota....read morehide
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- Roomy and Comfortable
- terrible gas mileage
Purchased As New
I was mildly disappointed when I first purchased the Highlander last year because of the gas Mileage. I was only getting about 20 MPG. Driving on a trip once of about 180 miles on the freeway, I got 25 MPG by holding it down to 55 mph or less. This winter, however, I am only getting 11.5 MPG. This has been going on for the last 5 tanks of Gas. When I complained to Brunswick Auto Mart, both the Service Management and the sales organization tell me that it will always get worse mileage in the winter....read morehide
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- love the comfort and size
- terrible gas mileage with little help from dealer-only 18 in city with AC and 14 mpg with heat on
I think I got a lemon per my gas mileage. Unfortunately,I haven't been satisfied through the dealer, I do not think the mechanics know enough about hybrids yet. They keep telling me that the sticker gas estimate is done by the US gov. and is deceiving, they did not inform me of this before my purchase. My next step will be to contact Toyota. Buyer beware!...read morehide
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- Great FE, Comfortable, roomy and flexible 2nd row seating
- Options come packaged, few choices
This replaces my Camry Hybrid. I'm sold on the Hybrid! However have realistic expectations. My TCH experience is that I can exceed the EPA so I see no reason why I won't average at least 26mpg long term. I can't understand people not thinking that is phenominal FE for a vehicle this large with 4wd.
The second row seating not only recline but they slide forward and back as well. Find that in another midsize SUV.
Gas savings alone won't pay for the hybrid option, but add in resale value and satisfaction of ownership of a high milage SUV and it's worth it. If you don't think that's worth something you need to look elsewhere, but don't bash those that do as some poster have been doing on forums.
It is quiet and a lot better handling than my large SUV. It is as comfortable as my large SUV so I'll be reploacing it next time with a high milage car and use the HH as my tow and travel vehicle.
I do wish the HH was available with the 4cy hybrid.
It's a shame you can't find a "stripped" Limited or get the leather as an option on the base model. I really don't want several thousand dollars worth of options I don't want just to get leather so I passed on the Limited Hybrid because even though they are "options" you can't find one without them.
If this experience is anything like the last 2.5 years in my Camry Hybrid I expect it to be reliable and effecient to drive....read morehide
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- Excellent ride, roomy inside esp. for driver on long trips.
- My 2006 Limited Hybrid get only 25.1 mpg, very disappointed in that.
I feel I paid took much for this vehicle $39,900.00 for what the dealer said it would pay back in gas. Previous owner of 2 Infinti's I now regret that I did not look at them.
I do mostly interstate driving, avg. 25 mpg, but I bought it because said estimated 33 mph highway and 27 in city. I could of bought a used Toyota Highlander and still get around 25 miles mpg.
Does have a great ride for long trips. Excellent sound system. Performance is great, and too great, as you don't realize how fast you are going, with such a smooth ride.
Also, dealer did not tell me that if and when the Hybrid battery goes out that a new battery cost $5,900.00 that does not include installation. Also, the dealer sold me on a 3 seats, which I did not need as their are only 2 people in my family.
Most vehicles now have a 100,000 mile warranty, Toyota has only 36,000. I feel that is not a good deal either....read morehide
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