The Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid came out in 2006. Our Zep chemical rep had been on the waiting list long before the car was released and was one of the very first people to drive the new Highlander. He brought it by with about 1,000 miles on it so we could check it out. It wasn’t ready for any sort of service yet, but we racked it just to poke around and see what’s under the hood. The hybrid set up looks very similar to the Prius, but there seems to be an additional (3rd) electric motor in the rear differential. The power is much better than average, with a lot of low end grunt. Max reports a real mileage of 29 MPG, which ain’t bad for a car this size and this powerful.