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Used Car: 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 6/12/15

The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy and reviewers liked its high-quality cabin materials, but they said it feels underpowered at higher speeds and has numb brakes.

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The 2014 Highlander Hybrid has a V6 engine and an electric motor system paired with a continuously variable transmission (automatic). Test drivers wrote that the Highlander Hybrid takes off well from a stop, but its acceleration at higher speeds isn't as robust. The 2014 Highlander Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive and returns an EPA-estimated 27/28 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Auto journalists said the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has poised handling while cornering, a comfortable ride and responsive steering. They noted that the regenerative brakes, which help recharge the battery pack, feel soft and numb and take a while to get used to.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's cabin is solidly built and features premium materials throughout, reviewers said. They reported that the front and middle rows of seats offer ample space for adults, while the third row is roomy for kids. The 2014 Highlander Hybrid has a typical amount of cargo space for the class, though a few rivals have more room. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, Bluetooth, navigation and an 8-inch touch screen. Available equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a rear-seat Blu-Ray player.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid isn't quite as efficient as the Highlander Hybrid, but its EPA-estimated 25/28 mpg city/highway is still a very good rating for the class. Reviewers noted that the Pathfinder Hybrid has a handsome cabin and high-quality interior materials.

If you can do without the Highlander Hybrid's third row, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an EPA fuel economy rating of 22/30 mpg city/highway with its available diesel engine, which is quite good for the segment. The Grand Cherokee earned praise for its smooth-shifting automatic transmission, ample engine power, off-road prowess and composed handling.

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