The Highlander Hybrid comes only in Limited form -- Toyota's top trim level -- and that means it's extremely well-equipped from the start.
The powertrain is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to an electric motor for a combined output of 280 horsepower, with standard all-wheel drive going through an eCVT transmission. Standard equipment consists of automatic headlights, LED running lights, front fog lights, heated power mirrors with puddle lamps, a moonroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, roof rails, tri-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera with dynamic guidelines, a 12-speaker JBL audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation and the Entune App Suite, as well as HD radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming and iPod connectivity, perforated leather upholstery with an 8-way power driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, captain's chairs in the second row, keyless entry and start, woodgrain trim, a Homelink transmitter, a 120-volt outlet, blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors.
The Driver Technology Package includes radar-guided cruise control, lane departure warning and a pre-collision cystem. The Platinum Package adds those features as well as a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. A Blu-Ray rear entertainment system is also available.
The Highlander Hybrid is an expensive proposition, but its seven-seat packaging gives it an advantage over its corporate cousin, the Lexus RX Hybrid, at a slightly lower price. For your best value, we'd skip the option packages.
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