SUVs are popular because of their capacity for moving people and transporting objects.

Hybrids are popular because they save on petrol and occasionally because they perform better.

Toyota, on the other hand, increased the towing capacity of the new 2023 Highlander by including a hybrid engine.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a hybrid booster power the three-row Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

 It generates 175 lb. ft of torque and 243 combined horsepower. Everybody who tows understands how little torque that is.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid, however, has a 3,500-pound towing capacity. It will cover a modest trailer.

Yet, the gas-powered Toyota Highlander SUV from 2023 has a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

 The gas-powered Toyota Highlander has a powerful 310 lb-ft of torque in addition to 265 horsepower.