(TORONTO) – Toyota’s popular Highlander hybrid mid-size crossover SUV with astonishing performance, handling, fuel efficiency and emissions performance, is in a class by itself. Delivering smooth acceleration thanks to its powerful Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a remarkable combination of flexibility and performance, fuel efficiency and driving comfort. For the 2009 model year, the already well-equipped Highlander Hybrid offers new and revised option packages adding greater levels of convenience, comfort and style to enhance this versatile hybrid crossover’s forceful styling, generous performance and segment-leading utility.

“With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid Canadians can enjoy a flexible people-mover that supports their active lifestyle even as it minimizes their impact on the planet,” explained Warren Orton, Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “The Highlander Hybrid continues to deliver the driveability of a sedan plus a highly flexible interior that’s equally at home on the weekday commute or a weekend escape to the cottage or campground. With electronic, intelligent, on-demand four-wheel-drive, the Highlander Hybrid delivers the right performance and ride in every situation.”

For 2009, the Highlander Hybrid is available with a more comprehensive Comfort Package, which includes – new for this year – an automatic headlamp system, in addition to 19 inch tires, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, 3rd row seating for two additional passengers, and a dozen other enhancements. Also, new for 2009 is an available Leather Package, which includes leather seat surfaces, heated driver and front passenger seats, plus all items in the Comfort Package.

The 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is now on sale across Canada. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $42,735, while the Highlander Hybrid Limited starts at a suggested $54,780.