Once again proving its excellence in auto technology, Toyota launches its second hybrid vehicle (after Toyota Prius) and the world's first seven-passenger hybrid sport utility vehicle, the 2005 Toyota Highlander. This powerful SUV is equipped with a gas-electric 3.3 L 4-cylinder V6 that delivers 230 horsepower and a massive torque of 242 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. What makes the 2005 Highlander better off than the first Toyota hybrid model is its Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain that is specially designed to meet the vehicle's load-carrying requirements. The Highlander's battery can hold twice as much as Prius battery can. Its motor operates at higher speed and delivers more power than the other model, thus, improving Highlander V6 engine's acceleration. When the power supply is low, it automatically recharges, thus, this mid-size SUV never runs out of energy to fulfill your driving needs.
The Hybrid Synergy Drive is offered in two versions: the front-wheel drive Highlander and the 4WD-i Highlander. The four-wheel drive combines performance of the 3.3L DOHC VVT-i V6 engine and two high-torque electric motors. With the use of high-tech sensors, the system is able to monitor different on-road variables to provide right amount of power the vehicle needs on any driving situation. Unlike other engines that need to rev up in order to reach its torque potential, Toyota Highlander's engine reaches its peak torque from the start, thereby, providing the vehicle great amount of power it needs for an excellent driving performance. On normal driving conditions, the vehicle is ran by the front motor. In full acceleration, the wheels and the electric motor are powered by the gas engine, providing the vehicle smooth and seamless ride.
Highlander captures all that it takes for it to top the fastest growing SUV market, from the state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain, to tough and rugged look and well-equipped interior. You will find inside a complete line of comfort and convenience features that include air conditioning, power windows, doors and locks, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, premium sound system with CD player and six speakers. This sport-utility also boasts of great interior space and cargo capacity. When the standard third-row reclining seat and the second-row seats are folded flat on the floor, the maximum 80.6 cubic feet of cargo space is achieved. Rear passengers are afforded with amenities such as the rear heat system, rear seat cupholders and rear privacy glass. With all these interior features and Toyota Highlander's top-notch performance, your ride with this SUV will surely be a pleasurable experience.