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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. Its Competition

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The 2008 Escape Hybrid and its kissing cousins, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid and the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, are the highest-mileage SUVs in all the land.

But these Fords are smaller than the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid inside and out.

The Escape uses a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that gets 34 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid2009 Ford Escape2009 Ford Escape2009 Saturn VUE2009 Saturn VUE2008 Lexus RX 400h FWD 4-door Hybrid Rear Exterior View2008 Lexus RX 400h
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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.
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Without compromising the capabilities—or comfort—of a full-size SUV, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid makes a very green statement and cuts your fuel bills by up to a third.
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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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With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
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With the carbon footprint of a small car and all the comforts and technologies of a luxury SUV, the 2008 Lexus RX 400h is a green family’s dream.
MSRP From    
$34,200Browse Used Listings$50,455Browse Used Listings$20,435Browse Used Listings$23,280Browse Used Listings$42,080Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V6Gas/Electric V8Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
4WD 4-Door (GS)2WD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XEFWD 4-Door Hybrid
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4-Door SUV
CVT AutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODECVT
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