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Iceman91 04-16-2006 01:57 PM

Towing with highlander hybrid
 
My question is I was told that I have a pre-wired towing wire harness some place near the back bumper. I have been looking for this thing for 2days now and I can not find it. Does anyone know were it may be, or should I just goto the dealer and have the salesman that told me this find it.

hppyfngy 06-06-2006 06:16 PM

Towing Capabilities???
 
I have a small camping trailer, (about #3000 loaded and maybe #450 tongue weight.)

I have always towed this with a large suv, (currently a ford expedition 5.4L.) I have done this because at least in the past other tow vehicles (smaller engines,) were barely better in mpg, and worked much much harder. I also feel that having a larger more powerful tow vehicle is safer for many reasons. Just MHO.

But, as you might imagine the Ford gets horrendeous mileage. I try not to drive it much unless I'm towing, but it gets a fair amount of use anyway.

So I'm really interested in the HiHy. But I'm concerned about towing. The Expedition is rated at like #7k, and the Hilander at #3500 max.

Will the HiHy tow this size trailer competently? Anyone have experience with this?

Thanks

hppyfngy 06-08-2006 05:59 PM

Wow, so Nobody has towed anything with the Hybrid? For Real? :rolleyes:


Maybe this is just a really bad idea. I've had those before.

nomorebenz 06-08-2006 09:54 PM

There's been plenty of towing. The car has plenty of power. I personally haven't towed but I've read some good threads on it (4,000lb trailer with brake assist installed). Check over on edmunds for the thread.

pdx 07-24-2006 04:34 PM

Highlander Hybrid towing
 
So I hope this question isnít redundant, but does anyone have any experience towing with their Highlander Hybrid? I know they are rated for 3500lbs (with the proper tow package), but has anyone actually done this and if so, how well do they perform?

Secondly, according to Toyota, the ďtowing prep packageĒ is required to two and includes the wiring, transmission cooler etc. The sales people at my local dealer canít seem to determine if the hybrids come standard with this or not. Does anyone know?

Thanks!!!!

FFej4440 08-09-2006 08:30 PM

Towing wiring harness
 
The connection for the towing wiring harness can be found under the left rear storage compartment. You must remove the box and you will find the connection here. The Toyota harness comes complete with a new gromet to allow the wires to pass outside the car.

Iceman91 08-11-2006 07:34 PM

Yes but you have to buy 3 things. Trailer hitch, tow harness, & some tow haness filter. Instructions are all inclueded in the harness filter on how to install everything. Over in reality it is a big pain in the azz, but it can tow, I am pull'n 2 Sea Doo RXP's with no probs.

chuckotaco 08-13-2006 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdx
So I hope this question isn’t redundant, but does anyone have any experience towing with their Highlander Hybrid? I know they are rated for 3500lbs (with the proper tow package), but has anyone actually done this and if so, how well do they perform?

Secondly, according to Toyota, the “towing prep package” is required to two and includes the wiring, transmission cooler etc. The sales people at my local dealer can’t seem to determine if the hybrids come standard with this or not. Does anyone know?

Thanks!!!!

Here are the parts that you need for towing with your HiHy (along with the Toyota part numbers):

PT228-69045 Toyota Highlander 2" Receiver Hitch (Class II - 3500 lbs)
08921-48861 Trailer wiring harness converter (hybrid specific)

On the Toyota website and in the Highlander brochure that I have the towing capacity of the Highlander Hybrid is listed at 3500lbs. The "Tow Prep Package" is included according to this document:

http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forum...erhybrid_f.pdf

The tow prep package is also mentioned in this thread:

https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=72226

jackdaddy 09-05-2006 12:27 PM

towing
 
I believe that all hybrids come pre-wired for towing.:)

I tow with my Hybrid Highlander -- have two trailers, a 12 ft that tows 5,000 lbs.
and a 10 ft that tows 3,500 lbs.

It does much better with the ten foot trailer.

I've towed my kubota 6100 tractor and my Grizzly 600cc ATV and it does this well. :rolleyes:

:sosad: :confused: However.... It's problematic on hills -- steep grade hills... especially if they are wet or have a bit of snow.... last winter there was 1/2" of snow and the Highlander crapped out on me and wouldn't go the last 100 ft of the hill. All wheel drive was USELESS and it took 1.25 hours for me to get that last 100 ft.

:thumbdown :thumbdown :thumbdown Quite truthfully if you tow a lot - as I do - you are better off with a real SUV.
The 6 cyl Trailblazer tows sooo much better.... I'm going back to one soon, or the other 6 cyl GM's.

You have to choose... gas milage or real towing capability.

BuzzKill 09-09-2006 08:34 AM

You need to look very close to find the harness plug. I took over a half hr. Once the rear compartment is off, the trailier adapter is covered in grey foam and is tucked below the tail light harness and hidden under a bundle of wires. Will try to post pics. Look carefully!

ganeesher 01-21-2007 11:00 PM

Towing again
 
Hello

Read the post on towing... just wondering if there are any updates. I'm thinking about getting the highlander, but am concerned about the towing.

I have a chalet arrowhead tent trailer and want to enjoy it.
There appears to be some challenges with hills and wet/snow. in Oregon that may not be a good deal.

Any new experiences?

Thanks for the info.

Chevalde3 02-16-2007 08:16 PM

1600 lbs
No problemo.

Toyota Curt 06-30-2007 04:44 PM

Reverse (electric?) and Towing
 
I backed a trailer up my driveway today and my driveway is a pretty steep hill, I noticed that reverse seems to only run off of the batteries. By the time I finished parking the trailer my batteries were pretty well drained.

Does anyone know if there is a mechanical reverse that is driven off the engine in case the batteries run down?

shortrun 08-14-2007 10:47 AM

Will it pull the boat out
 
Just a question from a non owner.

But I'm considering this for my next vehical.

I need to know if it can pull my boat (17 foot fishing boat) out of the water. The landing I us is all sand and 4wd is necessary. All 4 wheels have to have power to them or I just get stuck.

Is the highlander hybrid up to the task?

Thanks Brian

Chevalde3 09-10-2007 08:02 PM

There is no way the engine can help move mechanically the car backwards but it can recharge the battery. For 4wd-i, be aware that MGR (rear motor) is not water cooled and will shut down if overheated. So if you have to go a long way backwards with a load, pause frequently when battery is low to cool down MGR and recharge the batteries.


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