2006 Toyota Highlander
With the Hybrid signing up with the Prius in the line-up, Toyota claims it is currently the very first auto supplier to use a complete gasoline/electric crossbreed in both the intermediate SUV and mid-size automobile sections. The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a brand-new variation of Toyota's Crossbreed Synergy Drive powertrain, specially-tweaked for a midsize SUV. It showcases an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) as well as on-demand digital four-wheel-drive. The gas engine functions flawlessly with a high-torque electrical drive motor-generator that establishes a peak system outcome equivalent to 268 hp, however with half the gas usage of a conventionally-powered vehicle.
The Highlander is a "complete crossbreed", meaning that it can operate in fuel or electric settings, along with a combination of both. Under normal conditions, the Hybrid operates in front-wheel-drive setting, and instantly changes to 4WD when additional traction is required. The Synergy Drive powertrain powers the front wheels, while an electrical motor drives the back ones.
Attributes on the gasoline-only Highlander include CD/cassette gamer with 6 audio speakers, a/c, cloth seats, 60/40 split rear bench, power locks with keyless entrance, power home windows, floor mats, freight cover, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, personal privacy glass, warmed mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, as well as fog lamps. The seven-passenger design adds a third-row bench seat with fold-down seatback. Readily available alternatives are a Leather Package, as well as a Limited Package that includes a lengthy listing of features, consisting of natural leather interior, 17-inch wheels, side as well as curtain airbags as well as power sunroof.
The five-passenger Hybrid includes multi-information screen, LED taillamps and also 17-inch wheels.
The seven-passenger Hybrid comes only in Restricted trim, as well as adds updated CD/cassette with eight speakers and wheel-mounted controls, automatic climate control, supporting back heating system, heated natural leather seats, outside temperature scale, leather-wrapped wheel, integrated garage door opener, side and also drape airbags, anti-theft system, power sunroof and also light control system.
All versions provide a positive flight, but the seven-passenger version is that in name only; the third row of seats is cramped and ideal primarily for smaller children. Unless you're hauling 7 guests often, the five-passenger deals a lot more cargo space without folding down an additional row of seats.
The Hybrid is state-of-the-art technology, with a horsepower boost and far better gas economic climate than its gasoline-only twin, however a $6,350 premium in base form as well as $6,415 in Limited trim will certainly take a while to pay back at the gas pumps, even with climbing fuel costs; get this set to save the earth, not necessarily your pocketbook.