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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Lots of memorable stuff wrapped in this forgettable package
Car and Driver
Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity
DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones would be a nice addition to any family outfit
The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is noticeably more expensive than its conventionally powered sibling, but in addition to the hybrid propulsion, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a greater range of standard features.
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid in base trim comes with a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls" for the single-CD player, "keyless access and starting, rearview camera," and "digital-media player connection" as standard fare. Moving up to the 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited adds "leather upholstery, heated front seats...AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer" and "power liftgate," according to ConsumerGuide. ForbesAutos adds that "a back-up camera and Smart Key entry/start system are among [the Toyota Highlander Hybrid's] many standard features."
In addition to the standard features that the Toyota 2009 Highlander Hybrid boasts, there are plenty of available options for those who crave more technology. ConsumerGuide lists several popular options groups for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, including the Popular and Popular Plus packages for the base that add a "leather-wrapped steering wheel" and "6-disc CD/MP3 changer," along with the Limited's "power liftgate w/power window." Car and Driver reviewers are particularly impressed with the "whompin' optional JBL sound system," while those at MotherProof love the "slick GPS navigation system that includes voice activation" and available "Bluetooth and MP3 capability." Rounding out the list is a "rear DVD entertainment system," according to ForbesAutos.
The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is guaranteed to impress with its standard features, but the real treats are found on the options list—and they'll set you back a bit more.