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2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

$10,091 — $18,851 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Refined interior
  • City mileage
  • Multiple efficiency readouts
  • Standard three-row curtain airbags
  • Optional entertainment system with 9-inch screen

The Bad

  • Third-row seat comes in costly option package
  • Electric-only mode disappoints
  • Front-wheel drive not offered
  • No more tax credits for Toyota hybrids
2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Five or seven seats
  • Electric-only mode
  • Standard AWD
  • Center Stow seat
  • Standard backup camera

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The second-generation Highlander Hybrid gas/electric SUV was introduced in 2008. The Highlander can operate in an all-electric mode that can be used for limited distances. Five- and seven-seat models are available. Base and Limited trims are offered, and the hybrid is only available with all-wheel drive. Its competition is the Ford Escape Hybrid and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
The Highlander Hybrid is sleek and features smooth sides. It retains the upright D-pillar of the previous generation, and a power liftgate is available. Styling differences between the gas-only Highlander and the Highlander Hybrid are minimal; the hybrid has different grille and taillight styling and unique hybrid badges.
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • 7.3 inches of ground clearance; non-hybrid all-wheel-drive Highlanders have 8.1 inches


Interior
The Highlander Hybrid has front bucket seats and sliding and reclining second-row captain's chairs that can be configured to handle three people with Toyota's Center Stow seat. The Center Stow seat provides decent comfort, and it can be removed when it isn't needed. Seven-seat Highlanders have a two-person third-row seat that folds flat into the floor.
  • Smart Start and Entry keyless access
  • Available navigation system and JBL stereo with four-disc CD changer
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with a flip-down 9-inch screen
  • Available leather seats


Under the Hood
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Vehicle Overview
The second-generation Highlander Hybrid gas/electric SUV was introduced in 2008. The Highlander can operate in an all-electric mode that can be used for limited distances. Five- and seven-seat models are available. Base and Limited trims are offered, and the hybrid is only available with all-wheel drive. Its competition is the Ford Escape Hybrid and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
The Highlander Hybrid is sleek and features smooth sides. It retains the upright D-pillar of the previous generation, and a power liftgate is available. Styling differences between the gas-only Highlander and the Highlander Hybrid are minimal; the hybrid has different grille and taillight styling and unique hybrid badges.
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • 7.3 inches of ground clearance; non-hybrid all-wheel-drive Highlanders have 8.1 inches


Interior
The Highlander Hybrid has front bucket seats and sliding and reclining second-row captain's chairs that can be configured to handle three people with Toyota's Center Stow seat. The Center Stow seat provides decent comfort, and it can be removed when it isn't needed. Seven-seat Highlanders have a two-person third-row seat that folds flat into the floor.
  • Smart Start and Entry keyless access
  • Available navigation system and JBL stereo with four-disc CD changer
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with a flip-down 9-inch screen
  • Available leather seats


Under the Hood
The Highlander Hybrid's gas/electric powertrain has an EV mode that allows it to travel at low speeds for about five miles on battery power alone, according to Toyota.
  • 3.3-liter V-6 engine and electric motors make 270 horsepower
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Active head restraints for front seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Backup camera


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
10 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

One of best cars I have owned

by jmbleece from Cleveland, Ohio on November 6, 2018

Excellent ride, comfortable, reliable and very good gas mileage. Over 110,000 miles and still runs great. Excellent on the highway for comfort and ride. Great in the snow with AWD. Read full review

(5.0)

I hate to see it age

by alan n. from upper saddle river, nj on May 25, 2018

I have owned this Highlander Hybrid since 2004. Even though used, it was in excellent condition and extremely reliable. Since I am getting older and do not have the flexibility I once had, I need an ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Base V6

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Front Seat
5 Star
Rear Seat
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Highlander Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker