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 Escape Hybrid2009 Ford Escape
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2009 Saturn VUE Green Line I42009 Saturn VUE
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Quick Specs
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.
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.
The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door L4 Base (SE)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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