2006 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: For 2006, the Highlander bulks up: the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine is gone, and all versions make use of a 3.3-litre V6 that is improved with three electric motors in the Highlander Crossbreed. All designs are now all-wheel-drive; the front-wheel-drive variation offered in 2005 is ceased. Both designs currently have 5- or seven-passenger seating; on top of that, the traditional Highlander receives 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size extra, wheel locks as well as fog lamps, while the Crossbreed gets 17-inch wheels, chrome accented front grille, new front bumper, back LED taillights and chrome certificate plate trim.

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

With the Hybrid joining the Prius in the line-up, Toyota says it is now the initial vehicle maker to use a complete gasoline/electric crossbreed in both the intermediate SUV as well as mid-size auto sections. The Highlander Crossbreed is powered by a new version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, specially-tweaked for a midsize SUV. It features an electronically-controlled constantly variable transmission (CVT) and also on-demand digital four-wheel-drive. The gasoline engine functions seamlessly with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator that creates a peak system output comparable to 268 hp, but with half the fuel intake of a conventionally-powered vehicle.

The Highlander is a "full crossbreed", suggesting that it can run in gasoline or electric modes, as well as a combination of both. Under typical conditions, the Hybrid runs in front-wheel-drive mode, and also automatically changes to 4WD when added traction is required. The Harmony Drive powertrain powers the front wheels, while an electric motor drives the rear ones.

Attributes on the gasoline-only Highlander include CD/cassette gamer with six speakers, cooling, fabric seats, 60/40 split back bench, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, floor mats, cargo cover, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, personal privacy glass, warmed mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, as well as haze lights. The seven-passenger design includes a third-row bench seat with fold-down seatback. Offered options are a Natural leather Bundle, as well as a Restricted Bundle that includes a long listing of attributes, consisting of leather inside, 17-inch wheels, side and drape air bags and power sunroof.

The five-passenger Hybrid includes multi-information display screen, LED taillamps as well as 17-inch wheels.

The seven-passenger Crossbreed comes only in Limited trim, and adds updated CD/cassette with eight audio speakers and also wheel-mounted controls, automated environment control, auxiliary back heating system, heated natural leather seats, outside temperature scale, leather-wrapped wheel, integrated garage door opener, side and also drape air bags, anti-theft system, power sunroof and also light control system.

All models use a pleasant flight, however the seven-passenger version is that in name only; the 3rd row of seats is cramped and ideal primarily for smaller children. Unless you're hauling 7 travelers often, the five-passenger deals much more cargo area without folding down one more row of seats.

The Crossbreed is state-of-the-art modern technology, with a horse power boost and also far better gas economy compared to its gasoline-only double, yet a $6,350 premium in base kind and $6,415 in Restricted trim will certainly take a while to repay at the gas pumps, despite having climbing fuel rates; buy this one to save the earth, not always your pocketbook.

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