Introduced in 2006, the Highlander Hybrid was the more fuel efficient version of the popular Highlander SUV, offering a powerful V6 engine that was mated to an electric motor to get better gas mileage with lower emissions. In 2007, Toyota offered a reduced price, entry-level Highlander Hybrid. A newly redesigned Highlander Hybrid was unveiled in 2008, offering more room, better handling, more safety features and more options.
No significant changes were in store for model years 2009-2011. For 2012, third-row seating and climate control were added as standard features. GPS and Toyota's Display Audio infotainment system were added as standard equipment in 2013.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a mid-size crossover hybrid that is redesigned for the model year for increased interior volume and is powered by a powertrain that is capable of 27 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.