From the first instant you step on the accelerator (it's not always the "gas"), the Highlander Hybrid operates precisely as you would like. The drive system is so transparent you...
... can barely tell what's happening. The gasoline engine runs quietly, and the transition between gasoline and electric power is seamlessly smooth.
The Highlander Hybrid offers appealing steering feel and a comfortable ride. Still, an occasional bump can hit harshly, but the Highlander Hybrid is surprisingly agile on curvy mountain roads, accelerating eagerly and effortlessly. Inside, its recessed gauges can be difficult to see on a sunny day. Third-row space is miniscule, but the second row has ample legroom.