Monday, September 24, 2007

2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

The keyword for the 2007 Toyota Highlander is "sophisticated." The Highlander is a car-based 7-passenger SUV which is offered in 5 trim levels, Base, Sport, Limited, Hybrid, and Hybrid Limited. A 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine which produces 155 hp @5700 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. torque @ 4000 rpm is standard on the base model. A 3.3 liter V6 producing 215 hp @ 5600 rpm and 222 lb.-ft. torque @ 3600 rpm runs the Sport and Limited and is optional on the base. A 3.3 liter V6 producing 208 hp @ 5600 rpm and 212 lb.-ft. torque @4400 rpm powers the two Hybrid models in conjunction with a 165 hp electric motor which develops 247 lb.-ft. torque @ 0-1500 rpm.

All models of the Highlander offer standard power windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, digital quartz clock, and overhead panel with map illumination. A third seat makes 7-passenger seating possible. Many options are available on the Highlander including a rear seat DVD entertainment system, navigation system, heated seats, and power moonroof.

The Highlander is a family SUV and Toyota takes extra care ensuring the safety of its occupants. Traction control, anti-lock brakes, and stability control are part of an integrated safety system Toyota has developed. Look for the tire pressure monitoring system, front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams to play a major role in your family's safety in the 2007 Highlander.

With good highway coordination and handling, body roll in the Highlander is surprisingly negligible. The big SUV is easy to drive but seems to labor on acceleration from a stop. Depending on the model, fuel economy spans a range from marginal to good. Gas mileage is 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder, 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway for the V6, and 32 mpg city, 27 mpg highway for the hybrid.

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