Friday, September 02, 2005

Ultimate mobile technology

Talk about wonderful timing. Just as the gas prices really began to spike, our 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid arrived at the dealership. Barb and I traded in the 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, which was only getting 13 miles per gallon. The new Hybrid should get about 30 miles to gallon and has a cruising range of about 525 miles.

So far, we've driven 100 miles on less than a quarter tank of gas, averaging 29.7 miles per gallon. This is right in line with what the EPA estmiates of 27 highway and 31 city.

Over the next few weeks, Barb and I will be blogging about our experience. There are just TONS of amazing technical features in the vehicle. This is the first time I've truly appreciated a vehicle not just for it's mechanical ability, but for it's "smarts" as well, since the entire hybrid system is computerized.

If anyone has any specific questions about the vehicle, please drop us a note and we'll give you our opinion. We will also be firing up the CommuteCast podcast and do some recordings in the vehicle itself.

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At 9/07/2005 6:32 AM, Anonymous Thomas BRESSE said...

Hi Kevin, love your podcast ;)

Is this the exact same technology you have as the Lexus SUV RX400 ?
I've seen lots of informations on the Lexus site and it definitly looks impressive.

At 9/07/2005 6:43 AM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

Thanks Thomas! Yes, you're correct on the hybrid technology. The exact same Synergy Hybrid drive (and gas engine) is used in both vehicles. This is why we opted for the Toyota, which is about $10,000 less than the Lexus.


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