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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#445 of 4026 Re: 2007 Highlander Hybrid [nsxwes]
Apr 15, 2005 (6:12 pm)
Is it reasonable to spend $40K+ for a 2006 HH and then in 12 months have a brand new body style?
I think I understand what you're getting at. you spend this money on a car and then they improve it on you and you're left with a "deficient" car. I'm thinking of the Prius example where in 03 or 04 (i forget), toyota improved the car. But this is the price of being an "early adopter."
There's NO solid information out there on when the HH will be redesigned. there's no information that shows what it looks like, what new features, what kind of MPG, and what the PRICE is going to be (at least none that I know of). So basically there's no way of making an informed decision.
I think you have to answer the first part of your question first, "is it reasonable to spend $40k on a HH?" Cars go through redesigns and improvements constantly. if you're always waiting, you'll never buy a car.
#446 of 4026 Re: 2007 Highlander Hybrid [otis1]
Apr 15, 2005 (7:33 pm)
Just wanted to make sure that everyone knew that I was just asking the question and not making a statement. I have ordered a silver, 4WD, limited with Navigation. I have been on my local dealers wait list for 18 months and I was the first to place a order for the HH at that dealership. While I will be surprised if this body style lasts more than the 2007 model year, so be it. From the articles that I have been reading, the bottom line is that it is an incredible automobile. The Sacramento Bee had an article on the HH in the paper today. It was reported that they got 34 mpg on average. That's about 10 more than I both expect and truthfully, believe. If it turns out that 34 mpg is real, Toyota must have sprinkled some magic dust on it
#447 of 4026 Re: 2007 Highlander Hybrid [nsxwes]
Apr 15, 2005 (10:16 pm)
From what I've heard, it costs a bundle to redesign a car. If they're selling all they can make without redesigning it, why would they change the design?
#448 of 4026 Info from dealer about allocations in June
Apr 16, 2005 (2:30 pm)
Here is the latest info from the Miami-area dealership where I have a deposit on the WaitList:
"We will be getting 1 limited edition on June 1st. We donít have a say in how our first vehicle comes equipped, but since you are second on the list, if the person in front of you doesnít want that one, you will have the option of taking it. After that, the real allocation begins. I expect these vehicles will arrive sometime in late-June and we will try to find a model to suit your request:
Our dealership will not know what our mid-June allocation will look like until late May, so until then, I wonít be able to give you a better idea. "
* thanks to "toycash" for the message:
The fuel pump and hybrid battery shut-off are standard on both, not just the Limited.
I have been looking at all the features* of the base and Limited edition models and have not decided which model I would buy. The main things I like about the Limited edition are the leather seats and the additional safety features. Actually, I feel that the extra features on the Limited version are basically worth the price differential but it is hard to choose such an expensive model (Limited) because of the difficulty of paying such a price. This will be my daughter's SUV and she will pay for most of the cost.
#449 of 4026 Options packages for HH
Apr 17, 2005 (12:01 pm)
We're in Northern California and are reasonably high on the waiting list for a 2WD Highlander Hybrid. We've been struggling to figure out what options package to choose -- with the following main principles in mind. First, we'd prefer to get the cost down below the fully equipped Limited, even if it means skipping some things. Second: there are three options we'd really like: leather seats; moonroof; better sound system. Everything else is marginal. (We'll take it if it's cheap; we aren't eager to pay up for it.)
Someone suggested buying the base model with its $1,700 (or so) options package and then having the dealer add leather seats for another $2,400. That gets us all of our options and saves $600 or so vs. the Limited price. We don't get heated seats and maybe we don't get wood-burl trim, but those seem skippable to us.
Anyone else finding other dealers willing to do this sort of mix-and-match? Any sense of generally how good the leather installation will be if it's done by the dealer rather than the factory?
#450 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [dmbflorida]
Apr 18, 2005 (4:26 am)
If you don't mind my asking, which Miami-area dealer told you that? I am 1st on the wait list at Toyota of Homestead and they told me the first one they get in would be the one I ordered. I'm just curious if they are just telling customers what they want to hear to get the deposit.
#451 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [dmbflorida]
Apr 18, 2005 (4:40 am)
Since the base model has side/head curtain airbags and the SRS fuel pump cut-off and
collision sensors to deactivate High Voltage Battery, what "additional safety features" does the Limited have over the base model? I'm #1 on a list for a base, AWD, Gold, model with option Pkg #1.
#453 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [shibashake]
Apr 19, 2005 (1:26 am)
It is HeadquarterToyota in Miami. My impression is that the first car was sent to the Dealership as specified by Toyota and not by any purchase order from a dealer for a Buyer. I bet this Limited model is fully loaded even with the$2,000 navigation so I am not sure I would want that. My impression is that when cars arrive, the Buyers on the Waitlist will accept or reject the car in accordance to the WaitList priority and their request. I do not know how many are on the Waitlist there now.
Note about the other message with a question re: comparing safety features :The Toyota.com online brochure on the 2006 Hybrid Highlander compares the features between the base and the Limited models.
#454 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [dmbflorida]
Apr 19, 2005 (8:42 am)
As I suspected, there is no difference in the safety features between the base and limited models. The only difference is that the base does not have the anti-theft engine immobilizer (not really a safety feature, at least to me). This info is from the Toyota online brochure. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.