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.