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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, FEBRUARY 28, 2008, PAGE 3-B Highlander LTD Hybrid 4WD-I V6 SUV is exce By TERRY ANN M, ON Times On Wheels Columnist The 2008 Highlander LTD is beautiful to look at in- side and out. The Classic Silver Metallic On the exterior, Highland- paint on the exterior was very er Hybrid Limited adds 19- pleasing to the eye. The new inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy sculptured side panels fit the wheels, light silver-painted roof wider, longer Highlander which rails, rear glass hatch and a is based on the current Camry power rear door. Over the years and Avalon. It is nearly four the rear doors have become very inches longer and three inches heavy and the power rear door wider, with an inch more ground is helpful. clearance and three inches of Inside the Highlander Hy- additional wheelbase, brid LTD is handsome with sil- All Highlander Hybrid mod- ver and birch woodgrai -style els are equipped with 4WD with interior trim with chrome door intelligence and available in handle accents. The power me- Base and Limited grades, ter on the hybrid system indica- How well do you know your cars? By MARION FANNALY President - Florida Parishes Vintage Car Club i. What is the yea and the name of the automobile generally credited with launching the horsepower race? 2. In what year did which car manufacturer first design tail fins on their car? 3. The 1955 Chevrolet introduced a deluxe station wagon which is very popular today with collectors? What was it named and what was the name of Pontiac's version of this wagon? 4. In the early 1950's if you were going to your local Pontiac dealer to look at a form of a truck, what vehicle were you going to see? 5. Which auto did Tom McCahill, a very popular car tester for many years, first test an American production car that he credited with doing 0 to 60 in 10 seconds? 6. In what model year did Chevrolet first introduce the Suburban? 7. In what model year did Packard first offer an overhead valve V8 in their passenger cars? 8. Name three manufacturers that offered push button transmission controls on their cars in the 1950's and 1960's? 9. Describe the largest displacement engine offered by Cadillac - how many cylinders did it have and what was its displacement? 10. Name a refrigerator and radio manufacturer who also manufactured automobiles? 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Not only did I leave the lights on, but I electric motor-generators that locked the vehicle with the mo- store electricity in a sealed tor running. With all the street nickel metal hydride battery. noise in downtown Ponchatoula This combination gives the you can not hear the engine Highland Hybrid 27 MPG city running, and 25 MPG highway. The reg- I felt that the shift from mo- ular Highlander has a rating of tor-generator power to gasoline 17 MPG city and 23 MPH high- power was too abrupt, which way. If you do a lot of city driv- gave me an insecure feeling of ing the Highlander Hybrid can not enough power for the large save you money. Highlander. Highland Hybrid is a futur- The 3.5-L engine is power- istic, high tech, one of a kind ful and has a maximum tow- vehicle. This level of engineer- ing weight of 2,000 lbs Our test ing is expensive and Highland- drive model with the tow prep er Hybrid LTD has a price of package can tow 5,000 lbs. The $43,924. engine is assisted with three Highlander Hybrid, a family vehicle a dad can enjoy By BRYAN T. MeMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist I do not know for a certainty what exactly the female half of this test drive team is going to write about the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, but I have a feeling we are not going to agree. Let's see. The premise of our new car automotive coverage is that we both drive the same vehicle over the course of a week, and without peeking at each other's columns (until it is too late) we go to press. It blows my mind reading what my lady's impres- sions are, what she thinks is important. Needless to say, she notices things that escape my attention completely, and the opposite is true. Judging by passing remarks, I believe she will come down fairly opposite of what I have to say about this excellent ve- hicle. One element that skews the discussion is that the EPA start- ing in 2008 changed its method of determining gas mileage and the change results in miles-per- gallon estimates that are not nearly ,as high as in past years using EPA's old system. If you want'to have a better look at how any vehicle per- forms using both methodolo- gies, you can do so by going to this Internet address: httl /.// www.fueleconomy, gov/feg/rat- ings2008.shtml Then click on "Compare Old and New MPG. I say this because the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for 2008 is rated by EPA with a seemingly stingy 27 miles-per-gallon driv- ing in city traffic (where its elec, tric motors do more of the work and the stop-and-go actually builds more electrical power) and 25 mpg on the open road. Using that web site, I note that under the old method of figuring gas mileage, the small- er 2007 Highland Hybrid 4WD was rated for 31 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway. Be that as it may, as an en- vironmentalist I like the feeling of "driving green" but I must tell you that the brilliance of the Toyota hybrid is that it really doesn't feel any different than driving a Highlander equipped with a traditional gas-burning engine. I suspect my wife and colleague to disagree. We'll see. Like her, I believe we all wish a crossover automobile platform-based mid-size SUV would provide all the extra seat- ing and cargo space and still ri- val Toyota's Prius 5-seat sedan for gas mileage. If gas mileage is at the top of your list of pri- orities (which it may well be for daily commuters), buy Prius. But if it's compromise you seek, Highlander Hybrid for 2008 de- serves your attention. Highlander gives you that el- evated seating associated with SUVs and it is roomier. 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