Can the hybrid Toyota Highlander really achieve 35 mpg?

This article compares the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's fuel efficiency to that of comparable hybrid vehicles.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is advertised as having up to 36 city, 35 highway, and 36 combined miles per gallon in 2021.

One of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in its class, this model has a FWD system with EPA projected ratings.

 It also sports a potent 3.5L V6 engine with up to 243 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. Even for daily driving tasks at mile-high altitudes,

it provides extra power. The Highlander Hybrid's fuel economy is its one positive aspect;

it offers 36 MPG combined with FWD and EPA projected ratings and 35 MPG on the highway.

The Highlander Hybrid has an optional rear-wheel drive system, however it has lower MPG ratings than its competitors, particularly when compared to the Ford Explorer Hybrid,