2017 Toyota Highlander Review, Platinum, Hybrid

Hoping to regain its popularity achieved in 2015, Toyota, is launching the new and improved version 2017 Toyota Highlander. It was previously overshadowed by the release of Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. The strongly built exterior and the additional safety features are just a start of what has been added into the new model. The restyled body holds magnificent changes to the exterior at the cost of some sacrifices in the handling department of the vehicle. This spacious new model is available in XLE and LE trims with the Limited Platinum and carry-over Limited.

2017 Toyota Highlander front

2017 Toyota Highlander – Redesign:

The previous model for the Highlander was a family mainstay, and it remained true to its roots as a utility vehicle in the newer versions as well. The rugged appearance of the vehicle gives a truck-like vibe, yet it stands in a family oriented car when you look at its interior. The newer models of Highlanders get new upper and lower grille designs with different finishes as well as headlight designs. The Platinum model gets a chrome finish on the details, while the others get a simple silver paint. The back is given a chrome trim garnish with limited and platinum models. The Highlander is also given a new nose that makes it look a bit more aggressive in appearance. The overall look remains a rogue-ish mix between a crossover and a truck.

2017 Toyota Highlander –¬†Engine Upgrades:

The engine for 2017 Toyota Highlander has also been revised with a 3.5-liter V-6 that has a 295 hp; the horsepower was increased by 25. They also get an addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission which gives larger torque-converter lockup range; it improves the fuel and pep economy drastically. The LE model of this vehicle has four wheel drive, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 hp, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The mpg for LE can be pressed to 20-24 mpg while the other model tops at 21 mpg. All models have been installed with engine stop-start that controls the traffic light idling that automatically restarts with the brake pedal. 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle version of the V-6 engine is installed in the Hybrid models as well as direct injection with combined of 306 hp. The hybrid leads up to a whopping 30-28 mpg with the two electric front and back motors.

2017 Toyota Highlander rear

2017 Toyota Highlander – Design Modification That Will Include:

These Highlander models, contrary to their bulky looks, perform responsively. Even when with the sportier suspension tune in the SE model, its performance does not lack. The handling of these models has been pleasant with little to no problems. The overall demeanor of the ride quality is controlled by 19-inch wheels that control the jolts during the ride.

Sporting various feature in the new Highlander models, Toyota brings a wide variety of layouts in the releases. Like most Toyota truck-based models, it offers three rows of seats that allow 8 people in total to sit comfortably. Depending on the Limited Platinum or Limited model. The buyer may get a choice of changing the second row with captain chairs or empty nester for larger space. The second row also slides forward to give ample space to hold luggage. The 2017 model also gets a total of five USB ports, while its predecessor had only one.

The LE model also features alloy wheels, 6.1-inch touchscreen and much more for entertainment. The SE model, holding the sportier highlights, get a dark paint on the grilles and roof rails. While the inside gets black leather for the upholstery. The Limited Platinum has additional features such as the ventilated seats, 12-speaker JBL audio system, 360-degree camera, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

The safety and security system for the 2017 Toyota Highlander is pretty standard with the TSS (Safety Sense P). It includes a pre-collision system, automatic emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control, plus lane departure alert, pedestrian pre-collision system, and automatic high beams. The Highlander gets a blind spot monitor on the XLE level, while 360-degree camera replaces it in the Limited Platinum model.

2017 Toyota Highlander interior

2017 Toyota Highlander – Release Date and Price

Excellent praise has been given by the reviewers of this model, which has piqued the interest of many potential buyers. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is estimated be priced around $31,000-$51,500 and would be released in the year 2017.

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