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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
Oct 31, 2009 (6:08 pm)
I made arrangements today to become the owner of a 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. I will get it in a week. It is loaded. I travel mostly with my 3 dogs. 2 big poodles and a little. I am wondering if any of you know of a good dog gate type of thing to divide the cargo area from the passenger area so the dogs have a relatively safe place to ride. I do not travel with crates., They would take up TOO MUCH ROOM!!!
#3940 of 4026 Re: Towing with a 2006 HH Limited [sockpuppet1969]
Nov 01, 2009 (3:11 pm)
Probably - I think you can tell from the VIN number sequence. You should remember that the Highlander is basically a passenger car dressed up as an SUV and the HH is has much less capabilities because the AWDi (read - IDIOT) transmission has no real mechanical connection between the pistons and the wheels and will just turn off when slightly taxed.
I have a 2006 HH with towing package and a 3,200 boat/trailer and I would not tow it any further than the local boat ramp (6 miles). Beside the brakes on the H are only passenger car brakes and the OEM tire are really poor.
I do some times tow a smaller, lightweight fishing boat with some problems. It will hardly make it up long grades and gets stuck on steep boat ramps. On one ramp, after we put the boat in the water, I could not pull the empty trailer out of the water, so we we unhitched the trailer, pulled the car up, and then my buddy and I pulled the trailer up by hand!. We had to drive the boat 15 miles down to a flatter ramp so we could pull the boat out of the water. (My friend was so pissed that we lost over an hour of fishing time, so he now always drives his Explorer, which has no problems.)
#3941 of 4026 Re: Towing with a 2006 HH Limited [gowhitten]
Nov 01, 2009 (6:36 pm)
Thanks for the info. I just had the steering rack recall service done on my HH and had the hitch installed at the same time. They checked while it was on the lift and I do not have the transmission cooler. As best I can can tell from talking to the dealer, browsing the web and reviewing the owners manual - the '06 HH has a tow limit of 3500 lbs stock from Toyota (without additional tow package) as compared to the 2000 lbs limit of the stock 6cyl. I guess this is due to more power and/or larger alternator from the hybrid system? Does the ICE version of the hybrid have a CVT or a regular automatic trans?
Anyway, I bought the HH is to tow, so tow I am going to do. I will be towing a pontoon boat/trailer with a wet weight of about 3,000 lbs. I plan on leaving the boat on the trailer at the marina so will only be towing to/from home (about 10 miles one-way) a few times a year. Hopefully it will be able to pull the boat out of the water without too much trouble.
#3942 of 4026 Re: Traveling with my dogs [poodlemom1955]
Nov 01, 2009 (10:52 pm)
Target has two pet gates that can be purcahsed on line that work really well. The pet tubular and the vehicle soft pet barrier. (But earplugs you have to puchase separate....)
#3943 of 4026 Re: Towing with a 2006 HH Limited [gowhitten]
Nov 02, 2009 (9:19 am)
"..no real mechanical connection..."
Yes, and that's what allows it to be a quite unique FULL-TIME F/awd system. Both front and rear drives can be "on" full time since there is no issue of drive line windup.
Only 75HP at the rear is the "real" limitation.
#3944 of 4026 wheel well/bumper "skirts"
Jan 02, 2010 (10:35 pm)
My 2006 HH has these "skirts" that extend from the front bumper to the driver's wheel well that are coming apart and I'm afraid they'll shred my new Michelin Latitudes. I've secured them with twist-ties but I know that won't last long-especially in Chicago's winter. Anyone else had this problem/have any suggestions besides bring it to the dealer?
#3945 of 4026 Fuel Tank Capacity '08 HH
Jan 19, 2010 (4:03 pm)
The info from Toyota indicates the fuel tank holds 17.2 gallons.
I drove 377 miles and the consumption display indicated I had 12 miles left. The fuel light was on.
Mpg since refuel on the small display said 25.2.
All I could coax into the tank was 15.2 gallons of gas.
Does the tank really hold 17.2 gallons? If so, does that mean I had two gallons left, and could have driven 50 miles, instead of 12?
When the fuel light comes on, how much is in 'reserve'?
#3946 of 4026 Re: Fuel Tank Capacity '08 HH [pupvolunteer]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:49 pm)
"Does the tank really hold 17.2 gallons? If so, does that mean I had two gallons left, and could have driven 50 miles, instead of 12?
When the fuel light comes on, how much is in 'reserve'?"
I believe the answers are: 1.approximately 17.2 gallons. 2. Approximately.
3. Probably not for the following reasons: a.the mpg reading is not very accurate (it can be off, in my experience, by up to 2 mpg); b. Not all of the 2 gal. is available, e.g. if you are on a slope the gas may not reach the pickup for the fuel pump. 4. My experience is that there is 2.5 to 3 gal. in reserve when the light comes on.
Feb 27, 2010 (2:26 pm)
Anyone every used a hatchbag in the back of your highlander? I'm considering one for my 2010 Highlander Hybrid. I have 3 dogs and it looks like it might protect the surfaces.
#3948 of 4026 Re: Beep beep beep beep [sockpuppet1969]
Apr 24, 2010 (1:54 am)
I would also like to be able to turn off this annoying beep every time you touch the nav screen. Will be watching with you sockpuppet