Compare 2009 Toyota Highlander vs 2008 Lexus RX 400h

2009 Toyota Highlander
2008 Lexus RX 400h
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FWD 4-Door L4 Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door L4 Base 18 24 $23,134 $25,705
FWD 4-Door V6 Base 18 24 $24,840 $27,600
4WD 4-Door V6 Base 17 23 $26,145 $29,050
FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 18 24 $27,000 $30,000
4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 17 23 $28,305 $31,450
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $29,762 $33,070
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $31,067 $34,520
4WD 4-Door 27 25 $31,577 $34,700
4WD 4-Door w/3rd Row Limited 27 25 $37,122 $41,020
FWD 4-Door Hybrid
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,134
$37,870
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,705
$42,080
Monthly Payment Estimate
$428 / month
$701 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid sticks with the same formula that has worked so well for the 2008 Highlander hybrid—a spacious, feature-laden cabin and very efficient full-hybrid powertrain that lends serious environmental credentials to anyone behind the wheel. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Second Hip Room (in)
56.5 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 57.9
Third Leg Room (in)
29.9 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.1 37.5
Third Hip Room (in)
42.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 42.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.7 102.5
Third Head Room (in)
36.3 -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 54.9
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 36.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.2 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 106.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.1
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 187.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 66.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 38.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
95.4 84.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.3 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 17.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P225/65SR17
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 P225/65SR17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P225/65SR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 4190
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
EFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4100 212 @ 4400/- TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/163 3.3L/202
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
187 @ 5800 208 @ 5600/60 @ - TBD -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic ECVT
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4-Door SUV
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Lexus RX 400h
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Dual-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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