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2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

The highly-ranked 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has excellent fuel economy, a smooth ride and a spacious interior. It’s not one of the sportier 2010 midsize SUVs, but the Highlander Hybrid is a practical choice if you’re in the market for a used hybrid SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomy cabin
  • Not much fun to drive




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.6
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2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is available in two trims, base and Limited, both of which have all-wheel drive. While not sporty, reviewers appreciated the Highlander Hybrid’s smooth ride and refined hybrid powertrain. However, they also noted that it carried a hefty price premium over the non-hybrid base 2010 Highlander, which is still the case as a used model. The Highlander Hybrid has excellent fuel economy, earning an EPA rating of 27/25 mpg city/highway.

When it was new, reviewers praised the 2010 Highlander Hybrid for its roomy interior, which offers standard seating for five and an optional third row that brings seating capacity to seven. At 94.1 cubic feet, the Highlander Hybrid’s cargo space is a bit smaller than the gas-only Highlander’s, but is still good for the class. Base models include standard features like a six-speaker stereo with auxiliary input, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and push-button start. Limited models add features like leather, navigation, heated front seats and a power liftgate.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you should also consider the conventional 2010 Toyota Highlander. Its fuel economy isn’t quite as good, but base models with the four-cylinder engine get excellent gas mileage for an SUV of the Highlander’s size. Plus, depending on your driving habits, the lower-priced gas version might save you more than the fuel savings you’ll get with the hybrid version.

The 2010 Buick Enclave impressed reviewers with its surprisingly quiet cabin, upscale interior, smooth ride and numerous standard features. The Enclave can’t match the Highlander Hybrid’s fuel economy ratings, but the Buick offers more cargo space than almost any other midsize SUV and an adult-sized third row.

Compare the Highlander Hybrid to the Highlander and Enclave »

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