There’s an ongoing tourney of high fuel economy amidst global automakers and Toyota has ventured into this realm. The automaker’s beloved SUV, Highlander now has a hybrid iteration which goes by the moniker 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
Just like the standard Toyota Highlander, this hybrid variant comes in 3 different trims namely Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE and 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited.
Hybrid Technology at its Peak
The new 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes equipped with a 3.5-liter DOHC 24 valve engine which uses ECVT (Electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission). Output figures for this engine go:
- Max power: 306 HP at 6,600 RPM
- Max torque: 320 lb-ft at 5,000 RPM
Fuel economy is where this Toyota Highlander comes into the spotlight as the figures go 30 mpg city/ 28 mpg highways/ 29 mpg combined. The AWD-I (Electronic On-Demand AWD system with Intelligence) comes standard in this hybrid model.
The exterior styling of 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is based on the standard model. Its front fascia is intriguing as the chrome grille sparks an aggressive stance. This redesigned grille has horizontal slats which gently sweep downwards. The headlights boast a robust design and LED daytime running lights sit at the bottom. Headlight housings are blacked out which creates a striking contrast top body color.
Down below, the vertical air inlets house LED projector fog lights with a spherical design. The window panels have a metallic highlight which matches with that of the grille. This model even offers a range of color selection which includes:
- Blizzard Pearl
- Alumina Jade Metallic
- Toasted Walnut Pearl
- Ooh La La Rouge Mica
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Predawn Gray Mica
- Shoreline Blue Pearl
Striking impressions are prominent on the rear fascia too as the taillights wear a robust styling. There’s even a sporty rear overhang which is accompanied by a fin-like spoiler. Above all, a sophisticated rear bumper gives a grand wave-off.
Chrome treatments are a showbiz in Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2017 as it has been used extensively on the dash, steering wheel, center console, door panels and instrument cluster. One of the biggest parameters that Toyota vehicles are critically acclaimed for is seating comfort and versatility.
Similarly, the seats on 2017 Highlander Hybrid offer maximum accommodation for 8 people. The 3rd– row seat adds versatility as it allows 60/40 split-folding for opening up cargo storage. Superior noise insulation is where this cabin steals the show.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets a big tick in safety check as it incorporates several features that come as standard. TSS-P (Toyota Safety Sense) comes standard and some of its features include:
- Lane Departure Warning (with Steering Assist)
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Pre-Collision System (with pedestrian detection)
- Blind Spot Monitoring (with Rear Cross Traffic Alert)
- Automatic High Beams
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Rivalries and Pricing
This Highlander now goes head-to-head against the likes Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer. Pricing for this new Highlander Hybrid starts from $30,000 and reaches up to $38,000 for range-topping trims.