Highlander vs Highlander Hybrid comparison

Highlander: Comparing Gas to Hybrid

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Even with the current price of gas, there’s still a hunger for Hybrid vehicles. No one does a better job at combining hybrid efficiency with gas-powered performance than the engineers at Toyota; it’s the kind of ingenuity that has made the Prius the most popular hybrid of all-time. But there are other vehicles in the Toyota lineup with a hybrid option. We compared the Highlander vs Highlander Hybrid to provide a better idea as to how they stack up.

The sensible Toyota Highlander carries up to eight passengers in comfort and style. The 2016 generation Highlander provides buyers with new driver assistance features like blind-spot monitoring and pre-collision warning.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Toyota Highlander Limited model

Highlander Hybrid vs Highlander performance

The gas-powered Highlander comes standard with 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or the optional and more powerful 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that pairs with an automatic transmission. The Hybrid Highlander does things a little differently. If you’re familiar with the engine set-up in other hybrid vehicles, the Highlander Hybrid provides an exciting drive with its combined V6 engine and two electric motors for a combined 280-horsepower.


The Highlander Hybrid is more powerful than its gas-powered counterpart. It starts at a premium, fully-loaded Limited trim level with all-wheel drive. And besides the hybrid engine, there’s only one other large difference between the two midsize SUVs: price. When comparing the 2016 Highlander Limited vs 2016 Highlander Hybrid Limited, we see about a $6,000 difference in pricing. But unlike most hybrid vehicles, the Highlander does not sacrifice cargo space for efficiency.

A new standard towing package is available on the gas-powered 2016 Highlander, helping it rate for 5,000 lbs towing capacity.

The gas-powered Highlander and hybrid Highlander remain go-to choices for families looking for a reliable SUV. If you’re able to fit the bill, the additional power and efficiency of the Highlander Hybrid will be worth it!