One of the most impressive features of the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid at Toyota of Erie is its hybrid powertrain that delivers both performance and efficiency. Unlike other hybrid SUVs that sacrifice power or all-wheel drive capability for better gas mileage, the Highlander Hybrid offers both without compromise.
The hybrid system consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors producing 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine uses variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to optimize power and efficiency at different speeds. The electric motors are powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack under the rear seats to save space and lower the center of gravity.
The hybrid system also features an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) that seamlessly adjusts the gear ratio to match the driving conditions. The ECVT provides smooth acceleration and deceleration without the need for shifting gears. It also helps reduce engine noise and vibration for a quieter and more comfortable ride. One of the advantages of the ECVT is that it allows the Highlander Hybrid to operate in different drive modes depending on your preference or situation. You can choose Sport mode for more responsive performance; Eco mode for maximum fuel efficiency; Normal mode for balanced driving; EV mode for short distances using only electric power; or Trail mode for enhanced traction on slippery surfaces.
Another benefit of the hybrid system is that it enables the Highlander Hybrid to have all-wheel drive capability without compromising fuel economy. The Highlander Hybrid uses an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system that automatically distributes torque between the front and rear wheels as needed. Unlike conventional mechanical all-wheel drive systems that add weight and complexity to the vehicle, the electronic system uses a separate rear electric motor that does not require a driveshaft or differential.
The result is an all-wheel drive system that enhances stability and traction in various road conditions while maintaining high fuel efficiency. The Highlander Hybrid can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined rating*, which is remarkable for a three-row SUV.
If you are looking for a hybrid SUV that offers both performance and efficiency without compromise, you should check out the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. This SUV will impress you with its spacious interior, advanced technology, safety features, and hybrid powertrain that delivers power and economy. Visit us near Hermitage PA. Also serving Erie, Meadville Pennsylvania, and Ashtabula Ohio.