2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Values

Select a 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid trim level

2009 model year changes

Following a major redesign in 2008, the 2009 Highlander sees few changes. A new base-level 2-wheel-drive 4-cylinder model joins the lineup, featuring a 187-horsepower 2.7-liter engine that gets an estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway and is rated as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle by the EPA. Two-row seating is standard in the base model, with third-row seating and an upgraded stereo optional.

Competitive comparison

Roomy, versatile interior; seating for seven; surprising acceleration; confident ride; available hybrid and 4-cylinder models; towing ability.

Special features for 2009

The 2009 Toyota Highlander offers seating for seven and is surprisingly versatile, with properly equipped versions able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. The base model is a strong value, while the Sport and Limited can be loaded to the gills with luxury features. Also, the Highlander offers a very robust list of standard safety features, including a total of seven air bags.


After a complete redesign last year, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a midsize crossover SUV that carries five to seven passengers, is unchanged for 2009. The base trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way adjustable driver seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack and a keyless ignition. The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.3L V6 gas engine that makes 209 hp and is paired to two electric motors. This gas-electric combination routes power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission to achieve 270 hp in combined power. In addition, the Highlander Hybrid uses a third electric motor to extend power to the rear wheels as needed. Highlander Hybrid fuel economy ratings boast 27 mpg city/25 mpg hwy and 26 mpg in combined driving. Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, hill start assist, a plethora of airbags and a back-up camera.