Toyota has redesigned the
original Highlander Hybrid in 2008. The changes are mainly cosmetic. The
drive train is similar to the previous Highlander Hybrid, although the
vehicle is able to maintain the same mileage ratings even though it's
500 pounds heavier than the 2007 model. Toyota says the 2008 model
will be able to achieve a 31 MPG city and 27 highway.
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The Highlander Hybrid provides a total of seven airbags, including a
driver's knee airbag and roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three
As with all Toyota SUVs for the last three years, Highlander will provide
Toyota's STAR safety system, featuring:
• anti-lock brakes,
• traction control,
• electronic brake-force distribution,
• brake assist,
• and for the first time, enhanced vehicle stability control,
• with electronic power steering.
All hybrid versions of the
Highlandernowl have full time four-wheel drive with intelligence.
The new hybrid is
nearly four inches longer and three inches wider, with an inch more ground
clearance and three inches of additional wheelbase.