First of all, here is wonderful reply of toyota (full quote) for my question about towing capabilities of HIHY2016 of 18' fishing boat:
12:55 PM (9 hours ago)
Thank you for your recent correspondence.
While a launch date for the 2016 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid has not yet been announced, you can request that the Sales department at the Toyota dealership of your choice contact you with any information concerning the 2016 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid the moment it becomes available. We also suggest visiting our website www.toyota.ca
from time to time; the website is updated as the information becomes available.
Although we are unable to provide the information that you have requested, we thank you for taking the time to write.
Your interest in Toyota is truly appreciated.
Customer Interaction Centre
Toyota Canada Inc.
Secondly, I did read each and every response and clicked *every* link you posted. Still not convinced. I guess I need to correct myself - I do not doubt capability of highlander hybrid to haul my boat. We don't have many mountains in Ontario. I am mostly concerned about infrequent boat launch and retrieve. If what the first poster said about shutting down the electric engine is true, then it will be absolute nightmare when one is trying to pull the boat from the water. Disconnection of the trailer is not even an option. I was hoping that at least 2-3 people with boats about same size confirmed that during last 2-3 years of towing with hihy there was not a problem of retrieving the boat from the water and engine disconnection.
Did you read either reply? Did you click on the links? I think your conclusions are not supported by reality. All of this seems very vague/trolling? How did you suspect that they could only tow 3500 lbs downhill? What request did you make to toyota....feel free to show a screenshot.