Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Excellent Family Vehicle

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The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a spacious interior, smooth ride, and refined hybrid powertrain. Although it has a steep price as compared to the conventional Highlander, its excellent fuel economy makes it worthy of a look. The Highlander Hybrid is an excellent family vehicle because of its great fuel economy and spacious third row seat. It is also one of the most expensive non-luxury hybrid vehicles on the market.

For 2010, the Hybrid is unchanged, and is available in two trims, the base and the Limited. The vehicle also comes only in all wheel drive. The ride of the 2010 Highlander Hybrid is geared more toward comfort than sporty driving, but that shouldn't be a problem for those looking for a car like this. The 2010 comes with a 3.3-liter, V6 engine paired with a 167 horsepower electric motor. Unlike some other hybrids, the 2010 Hybrid accelerates almost as well as its conventional counterpart and features an especially seamless transition from gasoline to electric power.

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The EPA ratings for the 2010 Highlander Hybrid claim that it'll achieve 27/25 city/highway. The exterior has a slightly sleeker look than previous models, but its styling still doesn't stand out from the large pack of midsize SUVs. While the older Highlander had a very bland, boxy look, the new Hybrid has a more muscular look with more surface development. Inside, it's roomier and quieter than ever before. Seat comfort has mixed reviews, and the Limited model comes with leather trimmed first and second row seats.

The interior has plenty of luxury features, but is plagues by cheap materials. There are also a few options available for the base model for those who want an upgraded audio system.

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