When it comes to performance and fuel efficiency, you usually can’t have both. Well, not unless you have the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. This capable SUV defies everything you thought you knew about hybrid vehicles, and then some.
Continue on to learn what makes this hybrid SUV tick.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid FAQs
Can the Highlander Hybrid really get 30 mpg?
Yes, it can. The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comprises an efficient 3.5L V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor. This powertrain gives the Highlander an EPA-estimated 30 city and 28 highway mpg.
By optimizing fuel efficiency, Highlander Hybrid has earned a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating.
Does the Highlander Hybrid still perform like its gasoline-fueled siblings?
Believe it or not, the Highlander Hybrid conserves fuel and produces fewer C02 emissions while still offering powerful performance. In fact, the V6 and electric motor combine to produce 306 combined horsepower, making it the most powerful engine in the 2018 Highlander lineup.
The Highlander Hybrid can tow up to 3,500 pounds and is equipped with the Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i), which delivers more torque to the rear wheels when extra traction is needed on unpaved roads or during inclement weather.
What are ECO Mode and EV Mode?
ECO Mode and EV Mode give you control over your fuel consumption. While in ECO Mode, your 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will modify its throttle response so you don’t expend too much fuel accelerating with a lead foot. When you slowly accelerate on low-traction surfaces, such as snow or ice, ECO Mode can also make adjustments to help you out.
In EV Mode — short for electric vehicle — the Highlander Hybrid will only use the electric motor. While you can’t drive fast or for long distances on just electric power, this mode can help cut down on fuel consumption when you’re cruising around a parking garage or moving your car to the other side of the street.
What’s the purpose of the energy monitor display?
For insights into your electric power usage, the Highlander Hybrid comes with an energy monitor display. It’ll cue you into when the system is charging and show you electric power consumption.
You’ll also learn when your 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is using its electric motor, V6 engine, or both. Then, you can use this feedback to alter your driving behavior and, as a result, conserve more fuel.
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs for Sale in Burlington, NC
Interested in taking the Toyota Highlander Hybrid out for a test drive? Call Cox Toyota at 844-215-8747 to make an appointment with our team. We’ll show you the ins and outs of this vehicle and get you behind the wheel.