cpsdarren 5pts The beauty of the Highlander Hybrid, as with most hybrids, is that you can easily exceed the EPA ratings once you learn to drive it for fuel economy, rather than driving it like a normal car. You also don't have to buy a $46-$48k Limited to do this. Street prices of the well-equipped base version are closer to $36k-$38k, only about $5k more than a similarly equipped base V6 AWD version with the tech package. I find the brakes to work well and smoothly, but otherwise your comments hit the mark. Still, hard to find another 7-passenger vehicle with AWD that does 0-60 in just over 7 seconds, tows 3500 lbs. and easily gets over 30mpg around town with a little driving experience. All that with a smooth, quiet ride.Even so, with gas prices dropping closer to $3 a gallon, it's no wonder this pricey model doesn't sell very well. Granted, it's hard to find a cheap midsize SUV these days. If you're looking for a bargain family hauler with reasonable fuel economy, go with a Mazda5 or Dodge Caravan AVP.