2017 Toyota Highlander – A somewhat a lot more aggressive appearance, even more power, an improved set of safety and security attributes, as well as a new sportier SE version highlight the changes Toyota is introducing for its roomy crossover utility vehicle, the 2017 Highlander. The SE joins LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models. The Highlander Hybrid is currently additionally readily available in LE and XLE trims, along with the carry-over Limited as well as Limited Platinum.
The existing generation of the 2017 Toyota Highlander, makinged its launching for 2014, continues this model’s reign as a family mainstay. It opts for a true middle-of-the-road position among three-row energy cars– as a model that looks a little bit more tough as well as truck-influenced than most of its peers outside, yet stands as a completely carlike, family-friendly minivan choice when you take a look at it from the inside out.
In front, the 2017 Toyota Highlander and also Highlander Hybrid get a brand-new grille layout (top as well as reduced), plus different grille coatings and also headlight housing designs relying on grade. Top Limited and also Limited Platinum models feature painted-chrome information, while others get a silver-painted appearance. As well as Limited as well as Platinum versions get a chrome trim garnish in back.
The majority of 2017 Toyota Highlander designs will be powered by a modified, direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6, which creates 295 horsepower, up 25 steeds this year. These designs additionally obtain a new 8-speed automatic transmission that has actually an increased torque-converter lockup variety and just what Toyota refers to as a more direct owning feeling. This new powertrain improves both pep and also fuel economic situation. The V-6 tops out at 21 mpg city, 27 freeway.
The base Highlander LE version comes just with front-wheel-drive and also is driven by a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine as well as 6-speed automatic transmission– a mix that is not likely to return better real-world mileage than the V-6 as it’s more difficult pressed. It is ranked at 20/24 mpg. On the other hand, all V-6 designs come with engine stop-start, allowing the engine be shut off throughout traffic-light idling and also immediately restarted with a take off the brake pedal.
Crossbreed designs likewise get direct shot and an Atkinson-cycle version of the V-6. The hybrid system makes use of 2 electrical motors, one in advance as well as one in the back that offers all-wheel-drive propulsion, to internet 306 horse power (up 26 steeds). The Hybrid delivers 30/28 mpg. Across the board, current variations of the Highlander have the tendency to manage even more responsively than their truck-influenced designing may recommend. Trip high quality could get a little bit firm with the 19-inch wheels. The brand-new Highlander SE model has the 19s plus a sportier suspension song, however it still isn’t really too severe.
The Highlander remains to use two different layouts. Many designs provide second-row bench seats that allow approximately eight individuals in all; or in top Limited and also Limited Platinum grades you can also choose second-row captain’s chairs as well as sitting for 7. The latter might prove the preferred design for vacant nesters that wish to road-trip with other pairs, or for those that wish to enable easier accessibility to the 3rd row. The second-row bench seat does move to boost access to the reclining third-row seat. The third-row bench is handy to have, yet it remains very tiny in all respects. For 2017, the Highlander currently gets four even more USB ports, for a total amount of 5.
The base LE design includes such attributes as 18-inch alloy wheels, Toyota’s Entune AM/FM/CD stereo with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and also Bluetooth phone connectivity as well as music streaming. The sporty-themed Highlander SE gets a special dark-painted therapy for the grille, headlamp real estates, and also roof covering rails. Inside, the Highlander SE has black leather upholstery with silver stitching and formed inserts, matching dashboard and also door inserts, and also a black front tray.
On top of the schedule, the Limited Platinum has such functions as natural leather upholstery, heated and also aerated pole positions, driver’s seat memory, a 12-speaker JBL stereo, a 360-degree electronic camera, a warmed steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and a scenic sunroof.
Safety and security attributes and choices are reconfigured right in the 2017 Toyota Highlander. A new Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS) is now typical as well as consists of a pre collision system with ahead accident as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane departure alert, a pedestrian pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, as well as automatic high beam of lights. At the XLE level, the Highlander steps up to an unseen area monitor as well, while the Limited Platinum gets that 360-degree camera system.
That indoor look avoids previous uncertainty, and it’s all auto, with simply a little of vehicle influence in the instrument panel information. A big touchscreen is consisted of on navigation-equipped versions, but it doesn’t upset the cabin’s aesthetic clearness due to the fact that most climate and auxiliary functions still have difficult buttons, not online on-screen ones. The lines move from chauffeur to traveler, but the focus is clearly on the left side huge gauges and also large, easy-to-operate climate-control handles are a welcome view.
Overall it’s a pleasing mix of lines as well as appearances, with a big rack that runs along the dash, opening the feeling of the interior as well as supplying a terrific area to stash items like cell phones.