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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#2903 of 4026 Highlander Hybrid
Apr 26, 2006 (11:38 am)
We love our Highlander hybrid, but we just had a bad experience with it: A message appeared that said "Check Hybrid System", and it stopped driving and could not be restarted. We had it towed to the Toyota dealer. They found that the computer that is activated by the gas pedal had stopped working. They said this was a rare occurance with the 2006 Highlander Hybrid. Hss anyone else had this problem?
#2904 of 4026 Re: 16 HH Myths or Misperception [cdptrap]
Apr 26, 2006 (2:48 pm)
Great summary post BTW. Now whenever anyone posts a question to the board I think I'll just refer them to post #2890 which should answer most questions.
#2905 of 4026 Re: 16 HH Myths or Misperception [kdhspyder]
Apr 26, 2006 (5:43 pm)
Glad to know it may be useful. My wife and I get asked enough times now that we are actually thinking of making a hand-out and just pass them out. Last night, a man stopped me as I left Blockbuster after renting a movie. Same conversation, same questions, same semi-debate. I was glad to chat with him, we are a small town after all, but I was hungry and ready to get home.
#2906 of 4026 Re: 16 HH Myths or Misperception [mevande]
Apr 26, 2006 (5:55 pm)
The HH has VDIM, SULEV rating and potential (no guarantee) to get 30-mpg (with some work). The HL has none of these. The question now is whether these extras are worth the extra cash. Several posters have mentioned better deals now, so the HH price may be dropping.
The more I study the VDIM system, the more I like it but that is just me.
#2907 of 4026 Re: Real MPG & Off-Road Capabilities [suvhunter1]
Apr 26, 2006 (6:05 pm)
The HH has plenty of torque and power in the mountains. So much so that give it a bit of gas and it will rocket up a grade dangerously fast. We were loaded with people and gear. DO NOT know about towing though, we have not done that.
This car is absolutely smooth and quiet, think Lexus. Not only can you carry a conversation, you can actually listen to and enjoy your music as you drive.
The stock Goodyear Integrity tires did howl a little on freeways. After replacing them with stronger and better tires, the ride is practically silent on almost all surfaces.
#2908 of 4026 Gas Pricing Induces QUestions
Apr 27, 2006 (11:22 am)
I gathered gas expnse data from a few friends. Not scientific because we all drive different roads at different time and at different speed and to different places. This just gives a clue as to why many are starting to notice the gas mileage issue.
1. Toyota Land Cruiser - 22 gallons, $74 dollars every 4 days. 65-mi daily commute.
2. '05 V6 BMW X3 - 17 gallons, $55 every 4 days. 70 miles daily round-trip commute.
3. '04 HUMMER H2 - 29 gallons, $94 every 5 days, 40-mile daily round-trip commute.
4. '05 Chevy Silverado (w/ engine shut-off) - 23 gallons, $75 every 7 days, 50-mile daily round trip.
5. '05 Tahoe - 23 gallons, $76 every 8 days, mostly 25 miles of daily in-town driving.
6. '02 Explorer XLT 4WD - 20 gallons, $65 every 4 days, 70-mi daily commute.
Our '06 HH - 15 gallons, $48 every 6 days, 60-mi daily commute.
Cost per 1000 miles at $3.24 a gallon:
Land Cruiser $279. ($146 over HH)
BMW $196. ($63 over HH)
HUMMER H2 $470. ($337 over HH)
Silverado (Wannabe hybrid) $214. ($81 over HH)
Tahoe $380. ($247 over HH)
Explorer $232. ($99 over HH)
Highlander Hybrid $133.
If you take these numbers and extrapolate to 50000 miles, it starts to look really good for the HH. I drive our HH a bit fast, not too conservative, averaging around 24-mpg.
#2910 of 4026 Curious for an Opinion.
Apr 27, 2006 (1:54 pm)
My wife and I are thinking about getting a new SUV, as our family needs are beginning to require more room than our sedans currently have to offer. We're considering a hybrid for fuel efficiency's sake, but I'm not certain its necessary. My wife and I live about two miles away from our offices, and occasionally do some long-distance driving but not a whole lot (I've had my car 8 years and have 82k miles on it). I read a review on the Highlander Hybrid that the fuel savings aren't really there for city driving under 10-15 minutes because it takes a while for the gas engine to run at peak efficiency. Is this true? I've been reading posts where people are saying that the mileage isn't as advertised, and I'm wondering if we'd wind up dropping extra $ for a hybrid and getting mpg closer to a standard SUV. I'm wondering if there's a Highlander hybrid owner out there with similar driving requirements who can tell us if it makes sense to continue looking at hybrids exclusively, or might we do better to expand our search? Thanks!
#2911 of 4026 Re: Curious for an Opinion. [wiscbadger]
Apr 27, 2006 (2:19 pm)
Your driving profile doesnt fit the HH very well unless you love the vehicle, it's features and the environmental benefit it offers.
Honestly unless you are unlucky enough to have to change your minimal driving pattern your understanding about the limitations is accurate. Short trips and cold weather ( Wisc ) will kill fuel economy on every vehilce so spending extra is frankly not a good idea.
The EPA FE values are reasonable if you spend enough time in the vehicle or you can be in mild weather a good part of the year.
#2912 of 4026 2007/2008 HH Christmas Wishlist
Apr 27, 2006 (6:31 pm)
Have been waiting for some time to get some info on
the new model but Toyota is keeping it a tight secret.
Here is what I would like though:
1. 5 inches longer for more meaningful third row.
2. 8 passenger capability like the Pilot (split folding
3rd row and second row for 2 to 8 passenger
3. less than 4000 lbs with AWD (using Toyota innovation)
Though this is a design issue I think this needs to be
true to meet the performance and mpg wishes.
4. 230 HP (160 ICE + 70 Electric) for 0-60 mph about 9 sec.
5. 40/33 mpg EPA for the AWD
6. Upgradable to plug-in when technology available
7. Flex fuel - 100% Ethanol to 100% Gas
8. Fully Loaded MSRP - 40K
Will Toyota laugh when they see this or is this feasible?