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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

What’s New for the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

There’s some new standard equipment for the 2013 Highlander Hybrid, including an Entune-enabled version of Toyota’s Display Audio infotainment system. The Leather Premium package also includes more content than before.

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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Exterior

While the Highlander Hybrid might not look much different than its traditional counterpart with its rounded-out angles and swooping body lines, there is one major difference for the hybrid SUV—it’s badging. Light blue highlights can be seen on the Toyota badging throughout the car, while the “Hybrid” label shows that, though this SUV looks like a major gas guzzler, it is actually one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Performance

In order to get the most efficiency out of its hybrid power system, the 2013 Highlander Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and three different electric motors. Both the gasoline engine and the electric motors can work on themselves or in tandem, changing based on the driving conditions. Together, they produce 280 horsepower. This set up comes standard with front-wheel-drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with the rear wheels powered by a separate electric motor.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Efficiency

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for this hybrid SUV is one of its biggest selling points with an impressive 28 mpg combined, making it significantly more fuel efficient than its gasoline-only powered sibling.

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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Interior

The 2013 Highlander Hybrid combines easy-to-use gadgets and a clean, simplistic design to create a comfortable, practical interior. A 6.1-inch screen is used for the standard navigation system, with a wide center console making it easy to control the various amenities the SUV provides. The second-row seats slide and seatbacks recline, making it easy to get comfortable. Cargo space isn’t amazing in this SUV, but we think the fuel efficiency definitely makes up for it.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Safety

Safety features such as antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, multiple airbags, and active front head restraints helped the Highlander Hybrid earn a four out of five star rating in overall crashworthiness after government crash testing.

  • Graham EubankContributor

    Graham Eubank is the President of Palmetto Ford. He started with the company in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University. Palmetto Ford is a Ford dealer serving Charleston and carries an extensive line of new cars, including the Ford Explorer, F150, Mustang, Focus and much more.