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The 2014 Toyota Highlander is now the third generation of Toyota's midsize SUVs.

Toyota offers a four-cylinder, V6 and hybrid powertrain for buyers to choose from. Although many of its competitors offer four and six-cylinder options, the Highlander is one of only a handful of SUVs that can be selected with a more fuel efficient hybrid system. Besides the Lexus RX, which shares the Highlander's hybrid system, the only other midsize SUVs that offer a hybrid setup are the Nissan Pathfinder/ Infiniti QX60 models.

The 2014 Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5L V6 and three electric motors that generate a total 280 horsepower. This means that the Highlander Hybrid is the most powerful version of the Highlander with 10 more horsepower than the standard V6 and 95 more horsepower than the base four cylinder. Even with the most horsepower on tap, the Highlander Hybrid is the most fuel efficient with a fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Compared to the all-wheel-drive Highlander V6, the Highlander Hybrid gets nine more mpg in the city and four more mpg on the highway.


 


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