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GREEN | 7 out of 10
Toyota Highlander: 20/25 mpg
Toyota Highlander V-6: 18/24 mpg, automatic/front-wheel drive; 17/22 mpg, all-wheel drive
Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 28/28 mpg
Between the Highlander's three powertrains, there's a pretty wide range if you go by the EPA ratings; but in real-world testing, as we've seen it, much of that difference is erased.
With its base four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the Highlander rates at 20/25 mpg in EPA tests. Mileage drops to 18/24 mpg with the V-6, and goes down to 17/22 with all-wheel drive. That's about on par with the Ford Flex.
The Highlander Hybrid is really the green star of this lineup, with ratings of 28 mpg city, 28 highway, along with quicker acceleration than the base model. But in real-world testing we've never managed to replicate those numbers; over several drives we've seen a bit lower.
Four-cylinder and Hybrid versions of the 2013 Highlander get impressive gas mileage, but strong V-6 models aren't as noteworthy.