This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertrains to boost engine performance as well as fuel economy. The result was significantly quicker acceleration, coupled with cleaner emissions and a moderate increase in fuel economy when compared to their conventional versions. Highlander Hybrid's 22-mpg was among the best we'd seen in a midsized SUV up to that point. Overall, the Highlander Hybrid provides an inviting blend of performance, fuel economy, comfort, and features, but it comes at a higher price.