2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
With the Hybrid joining the Prius in the line-up, Toyota states it is currently the very first vehicle maker to supply a complete gasoline/electric hybrid in both the intermediate SUV and also mid-size auto sections. The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a new version of Toyota's Crossbreed Harmony Drive powertrain, specially-tweaked for a midsize SUV. It includes an electronically-controlled constantly variable transmission (CVT) and also on-demand electronic four-wheel-drive. The gas engine works flawlessly with a high-torque electrical drive motor-generator that develops a peak system outcome comparable to 268 hp, yet with half the fuel consumption of a conventionally-powered vehicle.
The Highlander is a "complete hybrid", meaning that it could operate in fuel or electric modes, in addition to a mix of both. Under regular conditions, the Crossbreed operates in front-wheel-drive setting, and also immediately switches to 4WD when added grip is needed. The Harmony Drive powertrain powers the front wheels, while an electrical motor drives the back ones.
Features on the gasoline-only Highlander include CD/cassette gamer with six audio speakers, cooling, cloth seats, 60/40 split rear bench, power locks with keyless entrance, power home windows, floor mats, cargo cover, cruise ship control, 16-inch alloy wheels, personal privacy glass, warmed mirrors, variable periodic wipers, and haze lights. The seven-passenger design includes a third-row bench seat with fold-down seatback. Offered choices are a Natural leather Package, and a Minimal Package that includes a lengthy list of features, including natural leather inside, 17-inch wheels, side as well as curtain airbags as well as power sunroof.
The five-passenger Crossbreed includes multi-information display screen, LED taillamps and 17-inch wheels.
The seven-passenger Crossbreed comes just in Minimal trim, and also includes updated CD/cassette with eight speakers and wheel-mounted controls, automated climate control, auxiliary back heating system, heated leather seats, outside temperature gauge, leather-wrapped wheel, integrated garage door opener, side and curtain air bags, anti-theft system, power sunroof and also light control system.
All designs supply a pleasurable ride, but the seven-passenger variation is that in name only; the third row of seats is confined and appropriate primarily for smaller sized kids. Unless you're transporting seven travelers often, the five-passenger offers extra cargo area without folding down one more row of seats.
The Crossbreed is red-hot technology, with a horse power boost as well as better fuel economic climate compared to its gasoline-only twin, yet a $6,350 costs in base type and $6,415 in Minimal trim will take a while to repay at the gas pumps, even with rising gas prices; acquire this set to conserve the world, not necessarily your wallet.