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Vehicle Reviews:
2017 Toyota Highlander

Mid-sized SUV buyers receive updates in looks, power, and safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander from a year ago, and the results are an incredible amount of value that is rarely found in one vehicle.

Safety becomes paramount for 2017 in the Highlander. It takes on features that are usually only found in upper tier trims and makes them standard. Increased horsepower, along with a composed ride are other highlights and with comfortable three row seating, SUV buyers receive a vehicle that represents all the key qualities that make the SUV the most popular vehicle choice for most buyers.

Performance begins with more horsepower for 2017

Power goes up significantly from 270hp to 295hp just to get things started for 2017. All coming from the same size 3.5L V6 engine. Torque goes up from 248lb-ft to 263lb-ft as well. An all-new 8-speed automatic transmission, increasing from 6 from last year, takes the new power and manages it to achieve smoother acceleration and better gas mileage.

Toyota’s Dynamic Torque-Control AWD automatically distributes power evenly from front to back, improving control. Towing capacity in the Highlander ranges from 4,500lb to 5,000lb. Start and stop technology aids in fuel mileage by shutting down the motor when idling and quickly restarting when it is time to go.

The 2017 Highlander’s exterior is more dramatic

The Highlander’s exterior has been improved upon for 2017. The front bumper’s triangular shape is widened and now extends to the edge of the bumper. A much more dramatic appearance is the result. Alterations to the bumper are broadened, making it more pronounced. Headlights and taillights are slightly reshaped, and LED auxiliary lighting elements are added to the taillights.

Highlander’s interior all you need

The interior of the Highlander has 5 USB ports, and can seat up to 8 passengers. Cargo space is maximized with second and third row fold flat seating. To keep things as quiet as possible, the Highlander has sound insulation embedded in the floor and has an acoustic glass windshield. Soft touch materials are found in the instrument panel, center console, and arm rests. Overall, the interior of the Highlander feels high end, with excellent storage, and a clean looking instrument panel.

Five-star safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander

Toyota offers the most comprehensive safety system amongst all manufacturers. Toyota Safety Sense™, standard on all Toyota models, includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System has Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags. Going even further with the Star Safety System™ Toyota offers driver assist features such as Electronically Controlled Braking, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist.


Audio Display and Back up camera are standard. The Multi-Information displays all the information in easy to view gauges with brightly lit symbols and numbers. The Available Entune™ is a hub of technology features. It has integrated Navigation and App Suits. And all can be accessed with Bluetooth® hands free communication.

Visit a Toyota dealership today and explore the 2017 Toyota Highlander.