2006 Toyota Highlander Reviews
With the Hybrid joining the Prius in the line-up, Toyota says it is now the very first vehicle producer to provide a complete gasoline/electric hybrid in both the intermediate SUV and mid-size passenger car sectors. The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a new version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, specially-tweaked for a midsize SUV. It features an electronically-controlled continually variable transmission (CVT) and also on-demand electronic four-wheel-drive. The gasoline engine works flawlessly with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator that establishes a peak system result equal to 268 hp, yet with half the fuel usage of a conventionally-powered car.
The Highlander is a "full hybrid", indicating that it could operate in gas or electrical settings, in addition to a combination of both. Under typical problems, the Crossbreed operates in front-wheel-drive mode, and also immediately switches to 4WD when extra traction is needed. The Harmony Drive powertrain powers the front wheels, while an electrical motor drives the back ones.
Functions on the gasoline-only Highlander consist of CD/cassette player with 6 audio speakers, a/c, fabric seats, 60/40 split rear bench, power locks with keyless access, power home windows, floor mats, freight cover, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, heated mirrors, variable recurring wipers, and fog lamps. The seven-passenger design includes a third-row bench seat with fold-down seatback. Readily available options are a Natural leather Plan, and also a Limited Package that adds a long list of attributes, including leather inside, 17-inch wheels, side and also curtain airbags and power sunroof.
The five-passenger Hybrid includes multi-information screen, LED taillamps and 17-inch wheels.
The seven-passenger Crossbreed comes only in Limited trim, and includes updated CD/cassette with 8 speakers and wheel-mounted controls, automated climate control, supporting back heating system, warmed natural leather seats, outside temperature level scale, leather-wrapped wheel, incorporated garage door opener, side and also curtain airbags, anti-theft system, power sunroof and light control system.
All models provide a positive flight, however the seven-passenger variation is that in name only; the third row of seats is cramped as well as ideal mainly for smaller sized children. Unless you're transporting 7 guests regularly, the five-passenger offers a lot more freight area without folding down an additional row of seats.
The Crossbreed is state-of-the-art innovation, with a horse power increase and better gas economy than its gasoline-only twin, but a $6,350 costs in base type and also $6,415 in Restricted trim will certainly take a while to repay at the gas pumps, despite rising fuel prices; purchase this to save the world, not necessarily your wallet.