2017 Toyota Highlander Japanese challenge to GMC and Mazda


There’s no end to love for spacious family haulers and the auto markets are crowded with mid-sized crossover SUVs. Out amongst all, Toyota’s Highlander is one model that doesn’t seem to stop impressing its audience. Now the vehicle has entered a new generation as 2017 Toyota Highlander and literally creates anarchy amidst its long-time rivals like Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.

2017 Highlander Specs

Performance is the first parameter which has seen improvements for 2017 generation. To be specific, there are 2 engine options for the new 2017 Toyota Highlander. The first engine (base) is a 2.7-liter 4 cylinder unit which is capable of producing 184 lb-ft. torque at 4,200 rpm and 185 hp at 5,800 rpm. This engine uses a 6-speed ECT-I (Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with Intelligence). This transmission system also integrates a sequential shift mode. A 3.5-liter V6 engine comes as optional and its output goes 295 hp at 6,660 rpm and 263 lb-ft. torque at 4,700 rpm. An 8-speed ECT-i comes standard with this engine.

2017 Toyota Highlander specs

Fuel economy of this model varies with drive configuration. FWD – 21 mpg city/27 mpg highways/22 mpg combined. AWD –19 mpg city/26 mpg highways/24 mpg combined.

Design is where the Japanese automakers take most credits as 2017 Toyota Highlander is utmost pleasing to the eyes. Up front, the grille meets revisions which project a refreshed look in its front fascia. This grille undoubtedly dominates the front fascia as it grows in size downwards. Headlights wear smoked-chrome housings in higher trims.

Toyota Highlander Features

The hood sports changes too as its wears smooth aerodynamic creases which cascade towards the windshield and front wheel arches. Speaking of the wheel arches, all 4 of them wear black plastic cladding.18-inch 5 spoke machined alloy wheels come as standard and 19-inch variants as optional. Exterior color options include: Midnight Black Metallic , Shortline Blue pearl , Alumina Jade Metallic , Toasted Walnut Pearl , Salsa Red Pearl , Predawn Gray Mica and Celestial Silver Metallic.

Taillights have undergone revisions too as they integrate bi-functional LEDs. Toyota has revised the tailgate with a dynamic design with a stylistic overhang. Rear bumper is fully plastic and has a matte finish.

2017 Toyota Highlander is a fascination inside too as its cabin boasts of generational changes. Improvements start in the dashboard as it has a clean and sophisticated layout. Controls in the center console have been reworked and minimalized.

2017 Highlander interior

The seats are extra-cushioned and feature contrast stitching, the central armrestsoffers a conventional storage space while retaining the cup holders. This cabin is quiet too as Toyota has used sound-deadening materials in the floor, the windshield and side windows use acoustic-type glass.

As far as safety goes, 2017 Highlander is well equipped with an array of safety technologies including:

  • Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Anti-theft system (with Engine Immobilizer)
  • Energy Dissipating Interior
  • Energy-absorbing crumple zones (with side-impact door beams)
  • Downhill and Hill Start Assist Control
  • Rear Parking Assist

2017 Toyota Highlander Price

Pricing of this 2017 Toyota Highlander goes as: LE – $30,000, LE Plus – $35,000 and XLE – $38,000 , SE – $39,000 and Limited – $41,000.

NOTE: Pricing varies with optional packages, accessories, showrooms and also across regions.

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