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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - images courtesy Toyota Motor Company
Toyota revamps its Highlander Hybrid, carries over the powertrain

Toyota continues its push for hybrid vehicles with the new 2008 Highlander Hybrid. The new Highlander Hybrid and is based on the new Toyota Camry/Avalon chassis and rides on a wheelbase that is 3" longer. The vehicle is also 3" wider and 4" longer than the previous Highlander Hybrid.

Sadly, the powertrain for the 2008 Highlander Hybrid is a carryover from the previous model. In this case, the old 3.3 liter V6 (which itself is an outgrowth of the even older 3.0 liter corporate V6) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) is still being used to carry the majority of the load on the vehicle. There was speculation that the new 3.5 liter V6 would also be paired with the Synergy hybrid system used on the 2008 Highlander hybrid, but keeping the price down on the model was probably the reasoning for the carryover.

That being said, the Highlander retains its EPA rating of 31MPG/27MPG city/highway despite picking up an additional 500 pounds of heft. The 2008 Highlander Hybrid also offers the option to shut off the gasoline engine completely and run solely on battery power according to AutoblogGreen. The only problem is that the Highlander Hybrid’s NiMH batteries mean that you’ll only be able to travel an astonishing one mile on battery power alone.

GM’s 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line promises to deliver as much as 10 miles of battery-only power thanks to its lithium-ion batteries.

Pricing has not yet been announced for the new 2008 Highlander Hybrid, but expect modest price increases over the 2007 model. The 2007 model retails between $32,490 for a FWD Highlander Hybrid Base to $36,550 for an AWD Highlander Hybrid Limited.

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RE: ignorance
By Grast on 2/8/2007 11:10:39 AM , Rating: 0
So now driving a vehical with a V8 is considered a crime in your eyes. Glad to see you liberals are so understanding........

I have said it before and will say it again. If you liberals want to get all smug about driving a hybrid, that is your right. However do not condem anyone else for make a different decision, that is just plain discrimination. I would dislike to be forced to play the discrimination card.

Please just conitinue to live in your fantasy world of hybrid vehicles solving the worlds problems and leave everyone else alone. Additionally, please move to San Francisco that way we know how to ingnore.


RE: ignorance
By miekedmr on 2/8/2007 3:04:02 PM , Rating: 2
Don't say "you liberals" ever again, please. All it does is make you look like an idiot.

I consider myself very liberal, but I don't think big engines are evil. In fact, a big vehicle carrying a big payload is generally more efficient than seperating the load into smaller vehicles or making multiple trips. When gas-guzzling trucks are used for their intended purpose, that's perfectly fine.
On the other hand, people that drive 6000lb SUVs all over the place by themselves get absolutely no respect from me.

Another example... Someone spends a silly amount of money on a sports car that doesn't do very good with gas mileage. If they keep it garaged 95% of the time when its not at a car show or a drag strip, that's fine by me. It may be a guilty pleasure, but at least they're being reasonable. If they drive it every day, with complete disregard for energy conservation, then they get no respect.

Everyone should at least be able to make some sacrifices where it suits them. Apathy from well-to-do people only because of the financial insignificance of their wastefullness is the problem.

RE: ignorance
By masher2 on 2/8/2007 4:33:33 PM , Rating: 1
> "Don't say "you liberals" ever again...people that drive 6000lb SUVs all over the place by themselves get absolutely no respect from me....if someone [drives their sports car every day] they get no respect...

I think you proved the original poster's point. You're condemning people based on their choice of vehicle and driving habits. That's the attitude he was speaking out against.

> "Everyone should at least be able to make sacrifices..."


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