The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a competitive and favorable choice for a mid to large sized SUV hybrid. The current 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited starts out at just over $47,000 at $47,300 MSRP and can go to an upwards cost of $51,045 if you opt-in for the Hybrid Limited model with Platinum Package.
Good prices for a mid to large sized SUV Hybrid. There have been no official price details for the 2015 model but, it is expected to be roughly around the same price as the model that it will replace. Even with significantly higher price tag every driver will be able to significantly reduce fuel consumption and save a lot of money on fuel bill.
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid MPG
If we take a look at the fuel consumptions of the 2014 model the EPA fuel consumption rating of 28 MPG is delivered for the highway driving, and in the city it has an EPA rating of 27 MPG. Resulting in a combined EPA fuel consumption of 28 MPG. Which is considerably better than what one of the main competitors 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid offers, with an EPA fuel consumption rating of 25 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Having a combined EPA rating of 26 MPG.
It is expected that the 2015 Highlander Hybrid will achieve the same EPA ratings as the previous 2014 model or possibly even better EPA ratings. Toyota will most likely use the 3.5L V6 DOHC engine with an “eCVT” (electronic continuously variable transmission) transmission for the new model, just as they did with the previous version. This has proven to be a reliable and efficient powertrain so there are no reasons for large changes.
It is also expected to have the same dual front and single rear motor that will allow it for better control of power and torque delivery. All-Wheel Drive should be standard on all trim levels for a hybrid model and also likely to feature the same “sealed Nickel- Metal Hydride” (Ni-MH) battery as the 2014 model. The combination of the three motors and 3.5L V6 engine with the eCVT transmission pushes out about 280 horsepower, resulting in the vehicle to be a powerful machine despite being a hybrid. One of the improvements about which we could hear the rumors is about the Lithium-Ion battery pack, if this change is provided we are sure that we would see much better numbers with lower weight and lower fuel consumption.
Review Of 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Inside the Highlander you’ll find triple-zone climate control, a 6.1 inch high-resolution touch screen with AM, FM, CD and MP3 playback. It also boasts six speakers, an auxiliary jack, iPod connectivity, a USB 2.0 port, hands free calling and music streaming via Bluetooth. These are features that we are used to see on new and modern vehicles.
Among other features it has a rear back-up camera with “dynamic grid lines” for extra safety. All of these features are included standard. There are many more optional features you can get standard if you opt-in for the Platinum Package. The Toyota Highlander is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Toyota has not released any detail as to when the 2015 Highlander Hybrid will be released but, there are rumors that it may be released at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, just like it was the case with the currently available model. The 2014 New York International Auto Show will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from April 18-27, 2014.