Toyota is known for popularizing the hybrid with its iconic Prius. But it’s no less significant for the diversity of gas-electric models it has offered throughout its lineup. While the first and most famous Toyota hybrid was the 2000 Prius, its second was the 2006 Highlander Hybrid — a three-row mid-size crossover suv.
All these years later, the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is more fuel-efficient than ever, rated for up to 36 mpg. And it still has few rivals among relatively affordable, extra-efficient SUVs. But this year, there’s an all-new 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid with even better EPA ratings and an even lower price. Is the Highlander Hybrid still the best way to save gas while carrying the whole family? Keep reading as we discuss how the two hybrids compare in a variety of categories, and which one is our top pick overall.