2008 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Escape Hybrid and its kissing cousins, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid and the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, are the highest-mileage SUVs in all the land.

But these Fords are smaller than the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid inside and out.

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

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Saturn VUE Green Line I42009 Saturn VUE
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
7.4
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
8.0
The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
MSRP From  
$27,500$20,435$23,280
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XE
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
755
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV
Transmission  
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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