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Toyota Highlander Plug-in Hybrid- Things to Know

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Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based mid-size SUV crossovers. However, Toyota has not yet released a plug-in hybrid model of this midsize crossover SUV. 

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More power is available in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) than in a regular hybrid, making it easier to accelerate, pass, and merge. As a result, many people shopping for a car wonder if their preferred model offers a plug-in hybrid version. Currently, eleven distinct finishes are available. Front-wheel drive is normal, while all-wheel drive is an option; hybrid and non-hybrid powertrains are both provided. While the Highlander’s handling and ride quality are fine in every trim, the driving attitude might use a boost.¬†

While the new engine is capable of 265 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, we can’t help, but question why Toyota decided to convert to fewer cylinders since the combined fuel economy figure of 24 mpg, is the same as that of the outgoing V-6. The Limited and Platinum now include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster in addition to the new 12.3-inch infotainment display. The XLE and XSE grades get a power-operated rear liftgate, and the top-tier versions get power-folding external mirrors.¬†

Is there a plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander? 

As of now, unfortunately, there is no plug in hybrid highlander. The Toyota Highlander comes with 11 trims. However, the 2023 Toyota Highlander does come in five hybrid trims. Each version of the Hybrids will continue to be more fuel efficient than the gas-powered versions. Prices range from $41,000 for the base Hybrid LE to $51,000 for the top-tier Hybrid Platinum. 

PHEV (Plug in Hybrid)

PHEVs usually have a larger battery than standard hybrids. It allows for longer and more frequent trips on electric power alone.¬†Plug-in hybrids are an attractive middle ground between conventional hybrids and pure electric cars. The pros of owning a plug-in hybrid include excellent fuel economy and possibly even a federal tax credit. But there are some cons as well.¬†The price tag is usually higher than that of a comparable vehicle driven by conventional gasoline or a hybrid system. Furthermore, the plug-in components frequently lessen the vehicle’s total load capacity. Lastly, charging can be difficult, just like it is for fully electric cars.¬†

The choice between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid is ultimately a matter of personal preference. For those who can afford the higher initial cost and who have easy access to garage or driveway parking, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) may be a great choice. 

Toyota Grand Highlander 

The next Toyota Grand Highlander SUV for the United States will include standard or optional hybrid powertrain options. Although the Toyota Grand Highlander is expected to be an expansion and evolution of the Highlander, a mid-size crossover SUV. A teaser has shown that there would be enough distinguishable design elements at the back to set it apart. There is only one official photo of the new model. Still, we can see that it has a redesigned bumper, horizontal fog lights, a full-width brake light built into the roof spoiler, sharper and boxier combination lamps with C-shaped light guides, applique on the tailgate bearing the model designation between the combination lamps, a reshaped license plate area, and a new tailgate. 

Hybrid options will be standard or available for the Toyota Grand Highlander. We anticipate Toyota will employ the same turbo-hybrid powertrain introduced in the 2023 Crown based on the teaser image of a “Hybrid Max” logo on the trunk lid.¬†The 2023 Crown’s Hybrid Max drivetrain combines a 2.4-liter gas engine (T24A-FTS, 264 horsepower) with an electric motor (FEM) and an electric motor (REEM), all of which contribute to the vehicle’s hybrid prowess. A plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Highlander could be available from Toyota in the future.¬†

The hybrid model debuted in the third generation of Toyota Highlander’s production cycle (2014-2018). It is one of the few hybrid three-row crossover SUVs available today (2019), and the hybrid’s production is now into its second generation. Standard on every 2019 Highlander Hybrid is a V6 engine linked with electric motors, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, all-wheel drive, and automatic emergency braking.¬†

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