2017 Toyota Highlander
Toyota is one automotive brand that is not shy about designing and manufacturing an extensive lineup of capable crossovers and SUVs. With five different crossovers and SUVs in the Toyota lineup for 2017, there are plenty of great options for buyers to choose from in this practical and functional vehicle segment. Nearly in the middle of the Toyota SUV lineup sits the Highlander. Starting at $30,630, the Highlander is the second least expensive option from Toyota in terms of SUVs, and has plenty to offer for the price. The Toyota Highlander was first introduced at the New York Auto Show in 2000, and arrived on dealer showroom floors in North America by January of 2001. The first Highlander released in the United States also happened to be one of the very first car-based midsize crossover SUVs sold in North America. While the brand’s 4Runner SUV is similar in size to the Highlander, it features a more rugged and truck-based ride, distinguishing it from the Highlander. Currently in its third generation, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is a capable and rugged crossover featuring plenty of options for a variety of different drivers and their passengers.
Every part of the 2017 Toyota Highlander was purposefully designed to enhance appearance, as well as functionality. A brand new front fascia was redesigned for the 2017 version of the crossover, complete with an updated front grille, redesigned headlights, and an overall unique look that is bold enough to make a statement, and turn heads everywhere it goes. The rear of the Highlander was also revamped for 2017, and includes redesigned headlights with integrated daytime running lights that serve to accentuate the Highlander’s signature appearance.
Also new for the 2017 Highlander SUV is the new SE trim level option. Turning up the attitude with a sleeker, more refined exterior appearance, the 2017 Highlander SE features a bold gloss-black grille, black headlight housings, and exclusive 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. The Highlander SE is undoubtedly the sportier version of the crossover SUV, but still has plenty of aggressiveness that allow it to stand out on its own in a very real and bold way. Inside, the Highlander SE model features sport stripes on all of the seats, further cementing its status as a truly unique variant on this popular Toyota SUV.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota Highlander is just as impressively detailed and designed as the SUV’s sleek exterior. Complete with plenty of convenience features perfectly placed for ultimate ease of use, the Highlander is an SUV capable of keeping the entire family happy. The spacious interior cabin offers seating for up to eight passengers and comfort features such as reclining third row seats, and available second row captain’s chairs. Every detail of the Highlander was masterfully crafted, including the interior cargo area. Wasting absolutely no space, the 2017 Highlander was meticulously engineered to hold the maximum amount of cargo without encroaching on passenger space. With 60/40 split third row seats, the Highlander can transform to suit your cargo and passenger needs with ease and convenience. By folding both the second and third row of seating down, drivers can take advantage of nearly 84 cubic-feet of total cargo capacity.
Power and Performance
As important as practicality is in a crossover, power and performance is just as noteworthy. The 2017 Toyota Highlander offers one of the most versatile engine options, including a capable hybrid drivetrain that allows it to stand out further from the crowded crossover segment.
For the 2017 model year, Toyota has introduced a brand new 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine which delivers incredible power, and impressive fuel economy at the same time. Paired with a newly crafted Direct Shift eight speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Highlander is an unstoppable force that delivers increased control and impressive response. The new engine and transmission powertrain pair is responsible for delivering an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of up to 27 miles per gallon, earning the 2017 Highlander an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. Another important component of the Highlander’s enhanced engine block is a new Stop and Start Engine System available on the V6 gas-powered Highlander models. This technology shuts down power to the engine when idling, and restarts it automatically when the brake pedal is released. Seamlessly able to transition from on to off without any disruption in your driving, the only thing you will notice is the less frequent need to fill up at the pump.
For drivers who need the added capability and performance of all-wheel drive, the Highlander is available with Toyota’s dynamic torque-control all-wheel drive system. Distributing power from the front to the rear and managing the braking system from side to side, drivers are better able to stay in control of their SUV in all types of weather conditions and elements.
The base 2017 Highlander LE model comes with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The mid-grade LE and LE Plus models come with the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive version of this Highlander model offers 295 horsepower rating and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. The final engine option, available only on the Highlander Hybrid model, is a hybrid 3.5-liter V6 engine with ECO and POWER modes capable of delivering a net horsepower rating of 306.
The 2017 Highlander is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, which is more than enough for most watercrafts, trailers, and other medium-grade equipment.
The 2017 Highlander offers a suite of intelligent safety features that are aimed to keep you and your loved ones safe on the open road. Toyota Safety Sense P is a collection of integrated safety systems available as a single package on any new 2017 Highlander. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is one of the features included in this safety package, and offers guidance for staying within your intended traffic lane, alerting you when you go too far outside of the painted lines. Without driver input to correct the warning, the steering assist system automatically corrects the steering in order to keep your vehicle on its intended course. Also included in the Toyota Safety Sense P is Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, designed to improve your drive by utilizing forward-facing radar technology to automatically adjust vehicle speed and maintain a preset distance between your car and the vehicle directly ahead of you. The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection can sense when an object is in your intended path, and will apply braking pressure if no driver input is detected. Completing this advanced safety suite on the Highlander is the Automatic High Beam system, which enhances nighttime visibility by using a camera to detect objects as far as 2,000 feet away, and switches the high beams on and off in order to provide a clearer picture for the road ahead.
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