Momma gave back the 2002 Saab 9-3 SE at lease end last month, so now she wants a vehicle that has second row seats that fold flat. Forget the Saab wagon and Volvo wagon, they don't fold flat. She drove a gasoline engined Toyota Highlander and really liked it. I drove the Acura MDX and loved it. Regular unleaded versus premium unleaded. Reality being what it is, we're getting HER car, so it's a Highlander (boring). I'm interested in the hybrid V6 AWD, in spite of the waiting list. Any constructive thoughts on getting a hybrid? It's got an eight year warranty on the "hybrid" parts. But that engine will probably be constantly starting and stopping, so what's the wear going to be on the engine? It supposedly has two water pumps, one electrically operated (surprise!) and one operated by the engine. I love the idea of 29 mpg in the city in an "SUV," but what's the maintenance going to be like on a hybrid? My other option may be to purchase a gasoline engined V6 Highlander and forget the AWD system. It's not like I need it for eight months of the year in Cincy weather, anyway. That should save on gas and maintenance, no?