2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Be aware that there are hybrid SUV choices with even higher fuel economy.

The 2009 Escape Hybrid along with the mechanically identical Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Mazda Tribute Hybrid are the highest-mileage SUVs in all the land.

But each of these vehicles is smaller than the 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid inside and out.

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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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    
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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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