As a current Hybrid owner I understand, but when you will look at the economics and not just environmental impact of it, the Hybrid is not a good deal for a low mileage user.Ejo, I have a 2018 HiHy Ltd and drive mostly (~85%) highway to and from work and have been averaging between 30 - 32 MPG for the last month. I'm very pleased with my mileage so far! I would absolutely go with the hybrid version over the gas one.
In order to make it easy say you drive 10K per year and get on average 7 miles more per gallon (30 over 23) that means you use 100 gallons less per year.
Let us say you pay an average of $3.50/gallon you would save $350.00 each year. If you drive the car say 8 years or even 10 years your savings never reaches your original investment. 10 x $350 or even $500 still won't cover the plus $5000 the Hybrid is over the regular Highlander. Now if gas prices reach the European numbers and the Hybrid cost difference stays the same I'll by an Hybrid over the regular immediately.
The numbers above are only based on gasoline consumption and do not include the higher insurance costs(due to higher value of car) and slightly higher maintenance costs. You might break even when driving 20K miles per year or more but in the 10K to 12K (US average) it is not a good deal.
Hey don't get me wrong, I love my HHL but for over a half 100 grand a regular HL will do fine for the next 10 years and I'll make sure I'll treat the environment better by driving my small 35mpg cars when I don't need a SUV.