During the 2016 New York International Auto Show is when the 2017 Toyota Highlander was unveiled. It has significantly been upgraded over its previous iteration as it now comes with an array of new and updated technologies and equipment, inside and out. It brings out the best when it comes to safety, capability, comfort, technology, and style. A detailed review of what the new Toyota Highlander midsize SUV offers continues below, including information about its release date and price, and a sneak preview of its interior and exterior redesigns.
The Toyota Highlander interior is refined and sophisticated and reeks of a premium ambience and feel, and is complemented by the exterior design that conveys a sense of strength and refinement. Now entering its four year, the third-generation model offers an eight-passenger interior capacity, six trim levels, and a choice of three engines for its buyers.
In addition to the Highlander LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum trim models offered for the 2016 year model, Toyota has added a new model known as SE therefore bringing the total lineup to six. As for the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, new additions to the existing Limited and Platinum trim models now include the LE and XLE bringing the total to four. Similar to the model it is replacing, the new Highlander Hybrid models will all be offered with an AWD system.
While the new changes are welcome news, the new Toyota Highlander 2017 is just an improvement over an overwhelmingly successful model that was and still is comfortable and pleasing to ride and therefore a no-brainer pick in the family-friendly crossover SUV lineup. In addition to the new enhancements, buyers should also expect a smooth and strong V6 engine, a compliant ride quality, refined interior appointments, a functional cabin design, and an eight-passenger-seating capacity.
A new transmission system – Direct Shift 8AT – is available and will be mated to a 3.5L V6 engine. All V6 Highlander gasoline models will get the new automatic transmission by default. In addition to that, there’ll also be a new mill – a direct injection 3.5L V6 engine – available on all models, gasoline and hybrid alike. This engine brings better fuel economy ratings, more power, and an engaging driving feel.
Inasmuch as the new model seems exceptional by conventional methods, there’re other solid picks in the segment that help keep its designers and engineers on toes. They include Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and the Honda Pilot. All of these are undoubtedly top dogs in their own right, but the Highlander earns its well-deserved reputation for all-roundedness.
2017 Toyota Highlander Release Date & Price
The price is yet to be announced by Toyota, however, expect to pay around $29,990 for the most basic model. Mid-217 is the expected time for its release date. You can expect some slight variations nonetheless.
2017 Toyota Highlander Exterior
For 2017, the new Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid exteriors have received some tasteful styling enhancements that are set to continue turning heads for a long time. For all trim levels, the upper and lower front grille design have all been redesigned. A different grille for each trim should be expected for differentiation purposes at least according to Toyota’s explanation. The grille on the Highlander Platinum and Limited models will get painted chrome finish, while those on the LE, LE Plus, and XLE will get silver painted finish.
Additionally, Salsa Red Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Celestial Silver Metallic colors have been added to the existing palette.
2017 Toyota Highlander Interior Changes
The interior continues with the same design exclusivity as the exterior. The Highlander Limited and Platinum trims will get a new brown leather interior. The two models will also be offered with a choice of either seven-or eight passenger capacity.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SE will stand out from the rest in terms of exclusive features it’ll come with such as matching doors and door inserts, a black front tray, and a distinct black leather trimmed seats with silver stitching.
As already mentioned, the 2017 Toyota Highlander will be available in LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum, while the Highlander Hybrid will be available in LE, XLE, Platinum, and Limited.
In addition to the two powertrains offered on the existing model: a 2.7L four-cylinder rated at 185 horsepower; and 3.5L V6 offering 270 horsepower, Toyota is also offering a new 3.5L 2GR-FKS V6 engine that offers 278 horsepower. In addition to more power, the new engine is also more efficient.
Talking of safety, the new model will come equipped with cutting-edge safety features such as pedestrian pre-collision alert, lane-departure alert, automatic high-beam control, a blind-spot monitor, and a birds-eye view camera. NHTSA’s crash impact safety results are yet to be released.
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