The world of hybrids has recently received a new addition to its ranks. This time it is the popular three-row, mid-size Toyota Highlander that has gotten the hybrid treatment. So what's the difference between the Highlander Hybrid and the conventional Highlander SUV? We have answers at Jim White Toyota, located in Toledo and proudly serving the Maumee and Perrysburg areas.

Big Jump in Fuel Efficiency

Let's start with the obvious: the Highlander Hybrid offers more fuel economy than the conventional Highlander. With the hybrid model, you can travel up to 35 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. While the conventional Highlander SUV offers better efficiency than many SUVs like it, many of our customers find themselves wanting to save as much as they can on fuel costs in the long-term.

Subtle Touches on the Exterior

These days, there are more and more drivers who want a hybrid model that blends in with the rest of the vehicles on the road. That's probably why the Highlander Hybrid looks almost identical to the conventional Highlander. You have to look at the hybrid's Toyota logo on the grille to notice the difference: on the Highlander Hybrid, the Toyota logo has a blue outline. The grille does not have an air intake as the hybrid engine surpasses the fuel economy an air intake provides.

The Big Difference Under the Hood

The most obvious difference between the Highlander Hybrid and the Highlander has to do with what's under its hood. The conventional Highlander model has a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine that generates up to 295-horsepower. The Highlander Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 243-horsepower, but boosts economy. While the conventional Highlander is faster, most Highlander Hybrid fans will prefer having enhanced fuel efficiency.

If you are interested in taking a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for a test drive, please visit Jim White Toyota in Toledo, OH today. We proudly serve the Oregon and Sylvania; OH areas, and we look forward to meeting you!