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Used Car: 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets outstanding fuel economy for the class and has a comfortable ride, according to reviewers, though not all were thrilled with how its brakes feel.

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The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a V6 engine mated to a pair of electric motors and an automatic transmission (CVT). Reviewers reported that the Highlander Hybrid accelerates strongly and without hesitation, and that the transition between gas and electric power is very hard to detect. The Highlander Hybrid has standard all-wheel drive, and at an EPA-estimated 28/28 mpg city/highway, its fuel economy is outstanding for the class. Auto journalists agreed that the Highlander Hybrid rides comfortably, but that it has a fair amount of body lean in turns and isn't much fun to drive. They also mentioned that its regenerative brakes don't feel as smooth as conventional brakes.

Reviewers were pleased with the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's high-quality cabin materials. There are seats for seven in three rows, and like the gas-only Highlander, critics said the third row of seats is not spacious. Maximum cargo capacity is 81.6 cubic feet, which is on the low end of the class. A rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. Available features include a nine-speaker JBL audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated front seats and a rear-seat entertainment system. Test drivers mentioned that the Highlander Hybrid's gauges are easy to read, but some thought that the available navigation system makes certain audio adjustments more complicated than they need to be.

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was named our 2013 Best Hybrid SUV for Families when it was new.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Though it can't match the Highlander Hybrid in terms of fuel economy, the 2013 Ford Explorer is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that helps it return good fuel economy for the class. Reviewers said the four-cylinder Explorer has plenty of power for day-to-day driving.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder also gets good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said it has a classy interior and composed ride. Test drivers were impressed with the Pathfinder's spacious cabin and second-row seats that can slide forward to access the third row even with child booster seats installed.

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