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Selected Style 4WD 4-Door (Natl)
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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
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
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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
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 16.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 36.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 40.1
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4508 4320
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 5.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type Gas/Electric V6 Gas I4
Fuel System MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 212 @ 3600 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA 997
Displacement 3.3L/- TBD - 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 209 @ 5600 171 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ford Escape
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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