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Toyota Announces Pricing and Fuel Economy of Highlander Hybrid
Toyota announced on April 1st that its 2006 Highlander Hybrid will go on sale in June with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $33,030 for the two-wheel-drive version and $34,430 for the four-wheel-drive version. The comparable two-wheel-drive version of the V6 2005 Highlander has an MSRP of $25,990, and the four-wheel-drive version has an MSRP of $27,390. Toyota notes that the Highlander Hybrid includes more standard options than the Highlander, accounting for $2,300 of the price difference. That leaves a premium of $4,470 for both versions of the Highlander Hybrid, assuming the Highlander MSRPs hold steady for the 2006 model. And just like its luxury cousin, the Lexus RX 400h, the Highlander Hybrid includes an all-new traction and stability control system that is included in the base price.
The Highlander Hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V6 engine with a more powerful version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, yielding 268 peak horsepower with a standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. According to Toyota, the four-wheel-drive Highlander Hybrid will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds.
The two-wheel-drive Highlander Hybrid carries an estimated fuel efficiency rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of 33 miles per gallon (mpg) in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, for a combined city/highway fuel efficiency rating of 30 mpg. According to EPA estimates, the four-wheel-drive version will achieve 31 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 29 mpg. That's an improvement of more than 30 percent over the four-wheel-drive V6 version of the 2005 Highlander, which achieves a combined fuel economy rating of less than 22 mpg. See the Toyota Highlander press releases and fact sheets.