2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Matt Tierney

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

MSRP (with destination): $38,100
PRICE AS TESTED: $46,497

ENGINE:
3.5-liter DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 231 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 215 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

ELECTRIC MOTOR:
Horsepower: 49 hp
Net horsepower: 280 hp

TRANSMISSION:
Continuously variable

DRIVE:
Four-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
17-inch aluminum wheels
245/65SR-17 Dunlop St30 Grandtrek tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
28/28/28 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
4641 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/7
Cargo (rear seats up/third row down/second row down): 10.3/42.3/94.1 cu ft
Legroom (first/second/third row): 43.2/38.4/29.9 in
Headroom (front/second row/third row): 39.7/39.8/36.3 in
Towing: 3500 lb

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Classic Silver/Ash

STANDARD FEATURES:
Hybrid Synergy Drive system
eCVT w/hill start assist
On-demand 4WD-i
17-inch aluminum wheels
Stability and traction control
ABS w/4-wheel disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist
Projector-beam headlamps
Fog lights
Fabric-trimmed interior
8-way power driver's seat, 4-way passenger seat
AM/FM/CD player w/6 speakers, SiriusXM radio, USB port, and Bluetooth
Steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls
Mulit-info Display w/rearview camera

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Rear-seat DVD entertainment system -- $1660
9-inch display
Rear-seat audio and two wireless headphones
Cold weather package -- $60
Windshield wiper de-icer
Heated outside mirrors
Leather package -- $2305
Leather-trimmed seating surfaces
Multi-stage heated front seats
Vinyl third row seat
Leather-trimmed steering wheel w/audio, MID, and Bluetooth hands-free controls
Leather-trimmed shift knob
Power tilt/slide sunroof w/sunshade
Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
HomeLink
Anti-theft system w/alarm and engine immobilizer
Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system- $2650
JBL AM/FM 4-disc CD changer w/ MP3/WMA playback, 9 speakers, & subwoofer
SiruisXM radio w/NavTraffic
USB port w/ ipod connectivity
CD-text display function
Auto sound leveling
Hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth
Power liftgate -- $400
Body side molding -- $199
Running boards -- $649
Carpet/cargo mat -- $315
Wheel locks -- $81
Cargo net -- $49
First aid kit -- $29

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
None

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The Highlander Hybrid has the best EPA fuel economy rating of any three-row vehicle.

COMPARE TO:
Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Veracruz, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9

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cpsdarren
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.
btc909
This would be the ideal vehicle for me, especially that 27mpg average but the price is bizarre, & even a used one of these unless you go 2 generations prior is close to new before TTL.

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