Compare 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2009 Ford Escape

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2009 Ford Escape
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
4WD 4-Door w/3rd Row Limited 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
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FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,780
$19,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,200
$20,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$570 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green. Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
NA -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.4 99.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 40.4
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 49.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 56.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA -
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.2
Third Hip Room (in)
NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 174.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.2
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 34.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
94.1 66.3
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x 1.65
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 11.9 x 0.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 16.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4508 4320
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 5.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
3.3L/- TBD - 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
209 @ 5600 171 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
212 @ 3600 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 997
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.26
Trans Type
1 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.94
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.95
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ford Escape
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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