2009 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander
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2009 Ford Escape2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Saturn VUE Green Line I42009 Saturn VUE
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2008 Lexus RX 400h FWD 4-door Hybrid Rear Exterior View2008 Lexus RX 400h
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Quick Specs
7.8
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.
7.4
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.
8.0
The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
8.0
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   
$25,705$20,435$23,280$42,080
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door L4 Base (SE)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XEFWD 4-Door Hybrid
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4-Door SUV
Transmission   
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODECVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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