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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Hybrid SUV/Crossover

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV/Crossover:
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

As a family hauler, the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers seating for up to 8 passengers and at the same time is able to deliver a solid 28 mpg on the highway thanks to its hybrid powerplant that teams a 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors to put out a combined 280 horsepower and 215 lb ft of torque. As a result of its recent redesign and Toyota's traditional high resale value, the 2015 Highlander is delivers the lowest 5-year Cost-to-Own number in the hybrid crossover SUV category.

The redesign has given the 2015 Highlander distinctive looks, and the hybrid version, which sits atop the lineup, offers a long list of standard equipment including 3-row seating, a rearview camera, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, day/night rearview mirror, and three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets (two up front and one in the second row), and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with Toyota's Entune audio system, Bluetooth and voice recognition.

Other features available include lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams. Heated second-row captain's chairs are available - although you lose the 8-passenger capacity in the bargain - plus a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel and a rear-seat Blu-ray and DVD entertainment system. There are also features like Driver Easy Speak, which helps amplify the driver's voice so rear-seat passengers can hear better and 3-zone automatic climate control.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is a safe choice, for all the right reasons. Comfortable, accommodating and feature-packed, with a low 5-year CTO, the Highlander's a tough act to follow.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$51,337
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

The 2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. At 25 mpg city, the AWD version only sacrifices 1 mpg while delivering the same 28 mpg on the highway as front-drive.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$53,459
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Lexus RX 450h

2015 Lexus RX 450h

With 295 horsepower on tap, the Lexus RX 450h can tow up to 3,500 lbs. Not bad for a 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$54,442
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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