Toyota Highlander Hybrid Hits the streets of Toronto

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Toyota’s Highlander hybrid vehicle

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a continuously variable transmission and supposedly gets about 7.5L/100km as opposed to 13ishL/100km city for a non-hybrid, but I think as with the Prius, your mileage will vary.

I also heard that they are hard to get in Canada because they sell so many in the U.S., however with the 7.5L/100km rating you don’t have to pay the gas-guzzler tax, but then the vehicle is quite expensive.

Plug-In Prius

Friday, May 6th, 2005

A non-profit group is trying to
turn the Toyota Prius into a pure-electric car.
The idea is that you plug them in at night so they can run on pure electricity for most of your commute.

Recently, engineers have found ways to enable the”electric-only” mode that Toyota built into the Prius (it’s standard in Japan and Europe, but disabled in the US).


Friday, November 19th, 2004

This isn’t really all that tech, but a lot of new Hybrid vehicles (Electric + gasoline) are hitting the market. The Ford Escape SUV seems pretty good and I test drove one, but the Toyota Highlander with 270H.P. (est.) that will be launched sometime around May looks like it might be the new standard to beat.