The Highlander Hybrid comes with an impressive list of family-friendly features and a spacious and well-built cabin. With the combination of V6 power and electric-only driving capabilities, the Highlander Hybrid can tackle any road condition including mud and deep snow.
According to Car and Driver, the updated 2017 Highlander Hybrid comes with a V6 engine that is tied to a 167 horsepower motor/generator to power the front wheels, and a second 68 horsepower electric motor that is fitted to the rear axle that is capable of providing on-demand all-wheel drive. However, the engine alone makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Combined, they produce 306 horsepower.
The base model of the Hybrid Highlander has the highest EPA ratings: 29 mpg combined, 30 mpg city, and 28 mpg highway. However, in the real world testing done by Car and Driver, the Highlander Hybrid achieved 26 mpg on a highway which is exactly the same as a nonhybrid 2016 Highlander.
All 2017 models come with cosmetic updates, including a wide-mouth grille, Led Lighting accents at front and rear, and a generally classier appearance. The Highlander Hybrid comes with a forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring is standard for trims above the base LE. Overall, the Highlander Hybrid is a practical and useful three-row family crossover.
As reported by Torque News, the Highlander Hybrid is also great in any road condition. It is the most powerful and the most capable vehicle sold in America with an all-electric drive. The Hybrid was tested around Detroit in a rural area with more than a fair share of rough and unpaved roads. Thanks to its height and its all-wheel drive system, the Highlander Hybrid performed well in the muddy and trench-lined roads.
On top of that, the Highlander was also tested on snow. And again, with its all-wheel drive system, the vehicle had no issues driving on the snow-covered dirt roads. In short, the Highlander Hybrid is the most capable hybrid with an electric driving mode on sale today.