Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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  • (4.9) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,500$16,996
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 26
  • Engine: 209-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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 available, and Base and Limited trims are offered. The 2008 Highlander Hybrid hits dealerships in Septemb... 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

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Reviews 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 for the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Consumer Reviews


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Gas mileage not as advertised, overall great vehic

by Bernie/3 kids/no minivan never ever from Chantilly, Va on December 16, 2007

In anticipation of the $3/gallon gas, we bought a 2008 Highlander hybrid. We have had it about a month and have a few observations. First gas mileage is averaging w/ mixed city and highway about 21 - ... Read Full Review

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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 9 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





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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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