Toyota has presented its recent take on the hybrid vehicle idea. Its new 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid car-based SUV, unveiled today at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, features Toyota's a longer than life list of comfort and safety equipment, as well as VDIM stability system and impressive for its weight and size mileage at 31 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Available from September, the new Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be equipped with full-time four-wheel drive with intelligence, electronic brake and throttle control, as well as true electronically-controlled active steering. To make the SUV even safer, Toyota plans to ship the vehicle with its STAR safety system, including anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and enhanced vehicle stability control with electronic power steering.
Of course, what's the most interesting about new Toyota Highlander is its new and upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which has its maximum power output increased to 270 net horsepower. Toyota says that's enough to motivate the bigger SUV, which is now 500 pounds heavier than the previous model.
The only trouble with the new Toyota Highlander is that it's car-based. Yes, I understand that this breed of mid-size SUVs is much safer on the road and provide more comfortable driving experience, but I'm afraid the new Highlander's off-road capabilities will suck a big deal, hybrid or no hybrid.
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