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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#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.
#455 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [pcrit]
Apr 19, 2005 (9:10 am)
My "Comparison" which I submitted previously was for the Non-Hybrid and Hybrid models of the Highlander. So, when I made the comment about some "additional safety measures" being different, it was from that perspective.
I just looked at the Hybrid Brochure which lists the base model compared to the Limited model and saw that the Limited had an "anti-theft" feature which the base model does not. Also, the "payload" is different between the 2WD and the 4WD if this feature is considered related to safety.
I was really happy to make this notation about similar safety features because safety is extremely important to me. I am, therefore, more in favor of getting the base model 2WD rather than the Limited.
Have you found any cost estimate on package # 1 for the base model?
Does anyone have an estimate on having the seats covered in leather after purchase? This is the big desire of my daughter who is the buyer/driver. Plus, she would like the moon-roof , enhanced stereo system and the fancier dash offered by the Limited model...So, that means that we might end up with a Limited model anyway to meet HER "needs". Personally, I really don't want to spend the extra money, though, to upgrade from the base model. This is an expensive vehicle.
Why are you buying the AWD? for safety? I have the VSC in my Prius 2004 and I feel safer with it although I have never had it in use. btw, I upgraded the 14 inch OEM tires to 15 inch Michelin Hydroedge tires... I live in a rainy area.
is a link to an article on the HH if anyone wants to read it.
#456 of 4026 $2,000 Blue Sky
Apr 19, 2005 (11:16 am)
I just talked to the dealer in Manhattan Beach, CA. They're adding $2,000 for "Market Value" to the HH Limited AWD. In addition, they said that 100% of the Limiteds are coming with the navigation system, which was a fun novelty on our last car but wasn't something we were planning to get on this one.
#457 of 4026 Wouldn't put too much weight into that
Apr 19, 2005 (11:33 am)
I doubt very seriously it is possible for the dealer to know that "100% of the Limiteds are coming with NAV."
Until that is shown to be true, or you can find that on the web in some of Toyota's press releases on the HH, I would not take that at full value.
The "market value" markup is also something that NOT ALL DEALERS will do. Were I shopping for this vehicle, I guarantee you I could locate a dealer that is not trying to hack me for an extra two grand.
#459 of 4026 1st on a non-existent list
Apr 19, 2005 (1:28 pm)
I have been bugging a salesman (now finance manager) at a Chicago-area Toyota dealer about the HH for almost 18 months. He says I am first on the "list" for a 2WD with the options package. He claims to have submitted my sales order sheet however I have yet to receive a faxed copy from him. He told me that the dealer policy was not to create a waiting list but "because he's a man of his word" he put me at the top since I''ve talked to him every couple of months since the HH's creation became a rumor/then reality. He says that he expects to get about a dozen of the vehicles with fewer Limiteds than base models. He also says he has one other person on the "list" who said they will take any model, any color, any price (why isn't this guy buying the Lexus hybrid?) He says they will not charge any premium or "market value" type markup but says I am stuck with a $94.00 extra teflon coating charge. If this is all he sticks me with, I'll consider myself lucky. He has no idea when they'll come in other than "sometime in June." I'll believe all this when he faxes me something, hits my credit card with the $500.00 deposit or calls to say come out and pick one out. Call me a cynic; call me a realist. Just call me an HH driver by sometime this summer. I hope my 1994 Voyager holds out a few more months.
#460 of 4026 Re: 34MPG... [tomslyck]
Apr 19, 2005 (4:15 pm)
Check out the web site for California Cars Initiative. They are working on a plug-in version of the Prius. It will likely be usable in some form for the other Toyota hybrids. They are non-profit. Check energyCS for their electric car. There is a chance they will be offering a kit in the future. The goal for both of them is to double or triple the mileage and extend the "electric only" range to cover most commutes.
#462 of 4026 Re: Info from dealer about allocations in June [dmbflorida]
Apr 20, 2005 (4:36 am)
I'm in the Atlanta area and the 2 dealers I've talked too are asking MSRP $34,430 for the AWD + $1770 for Pkg #1 + $565 destinaiton, total of $36,765 in my zip according to Edmunds. The Pkg #1 has all you want, except the leather seats (Package #1
Includes front fog lamps, rear spoiler, 4-spoke steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, JBL AM/FM stereo, cassette player, 6-disc in-dash CD player, 8 JBL speakers and tilt/slide power glass sunroof). I put 17" Michelins on my HL-Limited which I bought in Feb as well (the limited has 17" wheels). I bought the limited because it was the only HL I could find with side airbags, as Toyota doesn't ship many of these to the SE region. At least the side airbags are standard on the base Hybrid. I like the AWD model because the mpg is almost the same and I travel north in the winter (IL) and almost always run into snow, so I like to have the traction and extra safety of the AWD. The AWD is also very nice for rain slicked streets here in Atlanta.