2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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21 reviews
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Available Price Range $8,640-$20,736 Trims2 Combined MPG 26 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Our Take

The second-generation 2008 Highlander Hybrid gas/electric SUV is larger than before and has an all-electric mode that can be used for limited travel distances. Five- and seven-seat models are avail... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal highway mileage improvement
  • Third-row seat comes in costly option package
  • Electric-only mode disappoints
  • Front-wheel drive discontinued
  • Prices rising as supply falls
  • No more tax credits for Toyota hybrids

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2008
  • Five seats standard
  • Electric-only mode
  • Standard 4WD
  • Stand-alone backup camera option
  • Center Stow seat


Our Expert Reviews

Like Kermit said, it's not easy to be green.While most automakers are reducing output of midsize and full-size sport-utility vehicles as consumers flee the gas-guzzlers, we opted to test one SUV that deserves to be produced in greater numbers: the 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid.When powered by a 3.5-liter, 270-horsepower V-6 gas engine alone, Highlander is rated at 18 m.p.g. city and 24 m.p... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 21 reviews

Buy this car!!

by Sam from Memphis on August 24, 2009

This is the best car that I have ever owned, and I've driven a lot of cars. Still miss my '65 Olds Cutlass, but I digress. I now have about 37000 miles on the Highlander and have averaged just over 26... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 16 recalls for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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