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#3634 of 4026 Re: The new 2008 highlander hybrid [joe540ci]
Nov 19, 2006 (11:11 am)
I know... I am dying to find out as well! I am holding off buying a 2007 Highlander Hybrid until I know just a bit more about the 2008 model. If they go with a 4-cylinder and make the body any bigger, I'll plunk down my money for a 2007. I REALLY like the performance of the V6. But I can see why they would position the 2008 as the "value" version against the Lexus RX400h. I imagine Toyota is a little embarrassed that the Ford Escape Hybrid gets 25% better MPG. Personally, since you will almost never make up the cost of the hybrid anyway, you might as well get the performance of a V6. So I imagine I'll end up getting the 2007... it's just such a timeless, classic design.
The other thing that's making me hold off is a few cool tech features I imagine they'll get into the 2008: backup camera, bluetooth, aux jack for the stereo, factory supported XM radio, tire pressure monitor.
The RAV-4 has almost all of those features, but it just doesn't do it for me.
#3635 of 4026 Re: The new 2008 highlander hybrid [jbroady]
Nov 19, 2006 (2:28 pm)
I agree,I do have both- A rav-4 and a 2006 hihy. They have both been on round trips from MN. to las vegas and the highlander is fantastic on road trips-very smooth. The rav 4 is no fun on A long trip. If the new highlander hybrid is nice I will trade in for one,but If there ugly then i"ll keep what i got...JOE
#3638 of 4026 Re: The new 2008 highlander hybrid 
Nov 20, 2006 (8:28 pm)
I want a slightly larger (6 inches) 8 passenger (like
the Pilot) Hybrid that gives EPA mpg >= 40/33 and
does 0-60 under 10 seconds.
This is a family hauler and not a racing car. Slightly
car like design like the CX-7/CX-9 is OK but I donot want
a minivan or station wagon.
Plug-in option and flex fuel would be great but I donot
expect it. Premium over similarly equipped non-hybrid
should be less than $4000.
Technology goodies as mentioned before will add to the
#3639 of 4026 FV Report: 2009 BMW X6----Where is the 2008 highlander
Nov 29, 2006 (4:35 pm)
Internet sites are full of spy shots and other info on upcomming vehicles, but still nothing on any new highlander or other new hybrid models??
#3640 of 4026 Re: FV Report: 2009 BMW X6----Where is the 2008 highlander [joe540ci]
Nov 29, 2006 (6:30 pm)
Yep it looks like ToyoLex is giving the Rx350 it's full 365 days alone in the spotlight.
#3641 of 4026 Re: The new 2008 highlander hybrid [jbroady]
Dec 01, 2006 (4:00 pm)
Maybe they'll enhance the HP/torque of the I4 by moving up to the Miller Cycle engine instead of the simpler Atkinson Cycle engine used currently. Having 270 volts at hand would allow them to have a variable speed SC driven by a variable frequency AC inverter like the ones already driving MG1, MG2, and w/AWD MG3.
Virtually no energy wasted on driving the SC in normal cruise. Until/unless you put your foot into it and even then NEVER reach overboost and thereby waste SC energy.