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3 Reasons a Plug-In Toyota Highlander Prime Should Happen

Explore key advantages for Toyota coming out with a Highlander Prime – gasoline plus electric plus plug-in.
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These are fun and exciting times if you are a fan of Toyota products. With so many new releases and next generation model redesigns, there is plenty to get fired up about.

I have been lucky to participate in both the next-gen Tundra and Sequoia launches. But there is one new model that has not even been announced yet. Might not even happen.

Would a Toyota Highlander Prime make sense?

Toyota Highlander Prime

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Highlander XSE - Blizzard Pearl with Cockpit Red interior

The benefits of Toyota Highlander for families are numerous. Highlander is smooth and quiet and comfortable. Plus, it has a great reputation for long-term reliability and durability.

Multiple 2022 Highlander trim levels can satisfy virtually any family needs and requirements. Newer vehicles that might interest you are Highlander XSE and Highlander Bronze Edition.

Of course, for those looking for optimal fuel economy, a 2022 Highlander Hybrid could be ideal. Imagine getting up to 36 miles per gallon with a midsize Toyota SUV. The one drawback to Highlander Hybrid could be that it produces less power than a traditional Highlander gasoline-only version (295 horsepower compared to 243 net hybrid horsepower).

Combining the ability and plug your Toyota Highlander in at home or work could offer many important benefits.

Highlander Prime MPG Benefits

First off, a “Prime” Toyota vehicle like RAV4 Prime is measured in MPGe versus traditional mpg that we are used to. This MPGe is the combined efficiency of gasoline and electricity.

RAV4 Hybrid, for example, achieves a combined 40mpg. RAV4 Prime (hybrid plus plug-in capability) can deliver 94MPGe.

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Owners who know how to maximize their driving and their routes can get tremendous fuel economy numbers and will, in turn, save money at the pump.

Toyota Highlander Prime on the Range

Let’s use Toyota RAV4 Prime as an example. This model can drive up to 42 miles on a single electric charge. No gasoline.

If a Prime version of Highlander comes to fruition, I would expect a similar benefit of all-electric range.

Since it is a larger vehicle than Toyota RAV4, maybe Toyota Highlander could be driven up to 35 miles on one electric charge.

I could see this benefiting people who drive less than 35 or so miles to work, parents who carpool their kids to school and activities, and pretty much anyone in general who takes a lot of shorter trips and commutes.

The Power of Highlander Prime

Now this one might be the real beauty here. More potential power.

A Toyota Highlander Prime that combines gasoline with electric motors and plug-in power will indeed become more powerful all-around.

The introduction of RAV4 Prime brought with it the fastest and most powerful RAV4 of all time. This RAV4 produces 302 total horsepower and is lightning quick.

I could extend the assumption that a Highlander Prime would become even more powerful than its current 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower.

This would make Highlander Prime the fastest and most powerful Toyota Highlander of all time.

Time for Your Toyota Highlander Comments

Yes, these three benefits would make a Toyota Highlander Prime an extremely appealing option for many people and families.

The real question is – will it actually happen?

With Toyota’s aggressive commitment to vehicle electrification, I could see this fitting nicely in their plans.

An addition of Highlander Prime to the current Highlander lineup would make for an impressive fleet – Highlander gasoline, Highlander Hybrid, and Highlander Prime.

When the Grand Highlander eventually launches, the choices for potential customers are limitless (figuratively limitless, but you know what I mean).

What are your thoughts on this possibility? Would you consider a plug-in Highlander?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss upcoming 2022 Tundra Hybrid mpg numbers.

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Comments

Oh, man that would be a fantastic combination. As long as the spare stays!
I own a 2018 Prius Prime, as well as a 2018 Highlander Hybrid XLE. While I love both, I'd trade in my Highlander for a Highlander Prime in a heartbeat! Love the idea! Hope it gets (all-wheel drive) traction!
the exterior styling on the current gen. Highlander is lackluster, with the XSE being the exception. If they can mate that trim level's styling with their prime technology I would immidieltly put a deposit down on one of these. The RAV4 is simply too small and dosen't tow enough for the needs of many families.
I would buy a Highlander Hybrid Prime if it gets the same 302 horsepower that the RAV4 Prime Hybrid gets, and there shouldn't be any reason why Toyota can't do that. I thought that Toyota would have produced that version of a Highlander by now. It would sell like hotcakes. It would dominate sales in that size and class range of SUV's.
Absolutely! I would be right in line to pick up a Highlander prime
Been waiting for the Highlander Prime plug-in Hybrid type combo for years. Build it and we will buy!