Today’s cheap gas prices probably don’t have you thinking, a whole lot about hybrids much less the $48000 plus Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV. No inside the Highlander hybrid pretty much shares its cabin with the regular Highlander which is comfortable spacious and pretty high quality actually especially up front here soft touch surfaces workouts nice little touches like fabric down the A pillars one touch windows. For both first and second rows are pretty premium touches that you often don’t get until you step up into luxury cars a lot of stitched paneling here atop the dashing even down the center part of the steering wheel as well as some of its obviously molded in like this center steering wheel thing but have nice eye candy.

2016 Toyota HighlanderAlso I’m not as wild about some of the ergonomics here with knobs along the stereo and tools on climate control here they’re kind of study they don’t really fall easily to hand but apart from that pretty hard to fault this cabin in terms of practicality there’s a nice broad shelf yearlong mostly dashboard you can throw things like your smart phone in there they stay in there pretty easily and if you want a mammoth center console the Highlander has one you’re able to fit in a pair of gloves rags. More rags. A small football. And my shoes. If you need more space in this you have a problem.

The Highlander has decent room in the second row it could set a little bit higher off the ground here in terms of CD type that overall legroom and headroom pretty good and the seats are fully adjustable with nice big point leverage here to recline and dual walking features to get back to that third row now speaking of the third row kinda tight here Toyota says its seats 3 that’s kind of a joke it’s not super wide and legroom you pretty much have to have that second row seat all the way forward for anybody taller than a kid really if it back here headroom in any of regard is kind of small and the space behind the third row terms of cargo area a larger than the prior generation Highlander but still kind of on the tight side here if you really want a stove passengers and cargo something like a Chevy traverse or GMC Acadia might be more your speed they’ve got more room behind.

Other V6 Highlander has plenty of power but the Highlander hybrid is just down right quick it combines a V6 engine with an electric motor tons of power pulling away from slower traffic transmission 8 CVT style transmission of drones a little bit of higher rounds but that’s a minor complaint really really tons of power in this car. Good breaks as far as hybrids go in the whole package put together about 28 miles per gallon EPA combined ratings that’s 30 or 40 percent better than typical 3 row SUVs with 6 owner and. A couple small complaints our ride quality is fine in terms of isolation especially at higher speeds but it can get a little bit choppy over any seriously broken pavement especially compared to certain competitors like a Dodge Durango I that Chevy traverse for example they tend to have have just more settled ride quality over our and yellow wheel drive system and Highlander hybrid, certainly a lighter duty system. Additional information Toyota Highlander headlights, see at

I you get into some real deep mud or snow doesn’t really have the easiest time transferring power from other wheels don’t have gripped to the ones that do. In the crowd a class of 3 row SUVs there’s a lot worse you could do then the Highlander aside from that third row of pretty solidly packaged as you meet for small and medium size families with really good reliability for the current generation solid crash tests and pretty good interior quality to boot a hybrid gives you a little bit of a hedge against higher gas prices tomorrow but you’re paying a lot more for today which means a choice for today is a little bit of a head scratcher.