The Highlander Hybrid is closely related mechanically to the 2008 Lexus RX 400h; it has a boxier body style that makes its interior a bit roomier, though it's not as plush, as comfortable, or as quiet as the RX.
There are now several other hybrid sport-utility models to choose from.
That's significantly better than the RX 400h and Highlander, but they're notably smaller; they also lack the luxury comforts and high-tech features of the RX 400h.
The Saturn Vue Hybrid is a "mild" hybrid, meaning that the electric motor system only assists the engine to help improve fuel economy, but it gets 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway.
If some measure of towing or off-roading is in order, you might also consider the M-Class diesel, which has tremendous torque and overall performance that matches the V-6 version of the M-Class, but with a rating of 24 mpg highway.
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|2008 Lexus RX 400hBrowse Used Listings||2009 Mercury MarinerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Saturn VUEBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota Highlander HybridBrowse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas/Electric V6|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Hybrid||FWD 4-Door I4||FWD 4-Door I4 XE||4WD 4-Door (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4-Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|ECVT||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT Automatic|
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|2008 Lexus RX 400h vs. 2009 Mercury Mariner||2008 Lexus RX 400h vs. 2009 Saturn VUE||2008 Lexus RX 400h vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid|