2006 toyota Highlander Reviews

2006 Toyota Highlander Reviews: For 2006, the Highlander expands: the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine is gone, and all designs use a 3.3-litre V6 that is enhanced with three electrical motors in the Highlander Hybrid. All designs are now all-wheel-drive; the front-wheel-drive variation available in 2005 is terminated. Both models now have 5- or seven-passenger seating; in addition, the standard Highlander receives 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare, wheel locks as well as fog lights, while the Hybrid receives 17-inch wheels, chrome accented front grille, brand-new front bumper, rear LED taillights and also chrome license plate trim.


2006 Toyota Highlander Reviews


With the Crossbreed joining the Prius in the line-up, Toyota claims it is currently the initial auto maker to provide a complete gasoline/electric crossbreed in both the intermediate SUV and also mid-size auto segments. The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a new version of Toyota's Crossbreed Harmony Drive powertrain, specially-tweaked for a midsize SUV. It features an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) as well as on-demand digital four-wheel-drive. The gas engine functions effortlessly with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator that develops a peak system outcome equal to 268 hp, however with half the fuel intake of a conventionally-powered vehicle.

The Highlander is a "full hybrid", meaning that it could operate in fuel or electrical modes, along with a combination of both. Under regular problems, the Hybrid runs in front-wheel-drive mode, as well as automatically changes to 4WD when extra grip is needed. The Synergy Drive powertrain powers the front wheels, while an electric motor drives the back ones.

Functions on the gasoline-only Highlander include CD/cassette player with 6 audio speakers, air conditioning, towel seats, 60/40 split rear bench, power locks with keyless entrance, power home windows, flooring mats, freight cover, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, warmed mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and fog lights. The seven-passenger design adds a third-row bench seat with fold-down seatback. Available options are a Natural leather Package, as well as a Restricted Bundle that includes a long listing of features, including natural leather inside, 17-inch wheels, side and also drape air bags and also power sunroof.

The five-passenger Crossbreed adds multi-information screen, LED taillamps and also 17-inch wheels.

The seven-passenger Hybrid comes only in Limited trim, and also adds updated CD/cassette with eight speakers as well as wheel-mounted controls, automated climate control, complementary rear heating system, warmed leather seats, outside temperature gauge, leather-wrapped wheel, incorporated garage door opener, side and drape airbags, anti-theft system, power sunroof as well as light control system.

All designs use an enjoyable ride, however the seven-passenger variation is that in name only; the 3rd row of seats is confined and ideal mostly for smaller sized youngsters. Unless you're transporting seven travelers on a regular basis, the five-passenger deals much more cargo space without folding down another row of seats.

The Crossbreed is up-to-date technology, with a horsepower increase and better gas economy compared to its gasoline-only double, yet a $6,350 premium in base form and also $6,415 in Minimal trim will certainly take a while to pay back at the gas pumps, even with climbing gas costs; purchase this one to save the planet, not always your wallet.

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