Redesigned 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Impresses

Under the new 2008 standards, EPA estimates that the Toyota Highlander Hybrid will get 27 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. This is 10 mpg better in the city than the regular gasoline models will receive.

Published: 08-Aug-2007

Often, with a media preview of a new vehicle, it's wham, bam, thank you, ma'am. You're in, you have about an hour in the vehicles, and you're out.

But with the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I was impressed before I even got behind the wheel. Then, after 10 minutes of driving, I was sold. I'm sure that I missed a lot of the quirks I'd pick up after a full week test, but I have to say my initial impressions are good. Very good. Good enough that I'm sending my parents to a Toyota dealership to check it out at the beginning of October when the hybrids hit the showroom floor.

My dad recently told me he wants a new vehicle to have around the house. One that can accommodate at least six passengers for when the whole family is home for Christmas. One that could occasionally haul plants home from the nursery or supplies back from Home Depot. And one that gets good gas mileage.


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