All posts tagged: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Hybrid Vehicles – How Do They Work And Should I Buy One? – Road Test Special

~ 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid In 2006 I had the opportunity to Road Test my first two hybrid vehicles – the Ford Escape and the Toyota Camry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than good gas mileage and a very quiet engine. That was a long time ago and hybrids have come a long way since then with numerous manufacturers throwing their hat into the fuel-savings ring. Each time I get the opportunity to drive a hybrid, my main goal is to learn if they actually sipped fuel as promised, or whether all the hype is just another game of smoke and mirrors that tree huggers have become so adept at feeding the general public by way of the media. I always get numerous questions come my way from friends, family and complete strangers. Most are somewhat confused about what exactly a hybrid is, and that got me to thinking – how many other people are confused about them? So, with my readers in mind, here is a brief explanation and summary of my experience …

2010 Lexus RX 450h (Hybrid) – Road Test

It’s been a couple of years since I last drove the Lexus RX hybrid. It was so outstanding my wife and I wanted to trade our first-born for one.. too bad we only had a chinchilla to trade. For the 2010 model, Lexus have re-designed the RX from the ground up… sounds like the perfect reason to grab the keys and see if it can measure up to the previous model.

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid – Road Test

I last drove the Ford Escape hybrid in the summer of 2006 and while it was impressive it had more than a few foibles. Obviously the best-selling small SUV, as well as the best-selling hybrid, is very important to Ford, because they gave the Escape a facelift and an interior upgrade for the 2007 model, and continued with even more upgrades for the 2008 model. It was time to re-visit the almost-new 2008 Ford Escape hybrid, but this time I put it through its paces during the winter months. The temperature hovered from just above freezing to several degrees below freezing for the week we had the Escape in our possession. We had some frost, freezing rain and snow to add to the mix, so the test was a good indication of what it would be like to live with a hybrid during the winter months.