2017 Toyota Highlander Gets Revised Trims, New Engine

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The last version of the Toyota Highlander was introduced back in 2014, this new model will get significant upgrades and tech fitted as standard, plus a wider array of model trims.

It seems that Toyota have invested a significant amount of money on the new model, but given that it competes in a tough market place, Toyota need to do that to keep it selling well for them.

2017 Toyota Highlander Release date

The new 2017 Toyota Highlander is already in the showroom, having been shown at the New York auto show earlier in the year.

2017 Toyota Highlander release date: already available in showrooms

2017 Toyota Highlander Price

The base model starts at $31,570, but that does include quite an impressive amount of equipment and technology. Expect to pay more for the hybrid versions.

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2017 Toyota Highlander Video

2017 Toyota Highlander Redesign and changes

Let’s start with the biggest update; Toyota have scrapped the old V6 motor, it will be replaced with an all new 3.5 liter 2GR-FKS Direct Injection V6, coupled to an all new 8-speed auto transmission. There will be three powertrain choices: 2.7 liter 4-cylinder gas motor, driving the front wheels only, the V6 version which will drive front or rear wheels and a gas / electric hybrid.
Toyota haven’t released any performance figures for the new V6 motor, but they have said that it will be more powerful than the outgoing V6 motor, which had 270 BHP.

Also read about the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

On the exterior, there are also a number of changes, including redesigned headlamps and grille, which will come in a number of different finishes, depending on spec. These finishes will apply to the roof rails and exterior trimming also, including (on some models) the wheels.

2017 Toyota Highlander Equipment

Toyota have gone all in with technology fitted as standard, the equipment list is impressive; auto start / stop (helping to keep the gas consumption down), forward pre-collision warning including pedestrian detection, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and 5 USB ports. Of course, we should also see Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although that might be trim level dependent.

As regards the actual engineering on the auto, not that much has been changed or redesigned, but we think that Toyota have retuned the suspension to make it firmer and give a better ride on the road; meaning more sure-footed handling.

Economy wise, dependent on the choice of motor (excluding the hybrid), you should get anywhere between 18 – 25 MPG in city or highway driving respectively.


2017 Toyota Highlander 2.7
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 16-valve inline-4, direct fuel injection
Displacement 2,7L
Power/torque 185 hp; 184 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 109.8 in
Length 192.5 in
Height 68.1 in
Passenger volume 140-145 cu ft
Cargo volume 14 cu ft
Performance
0-60 8.9 sec
Top speed 115 mph
PRICE RANGE: $32,000-$52,000 (est)
Competitors: Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer

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Summary

The new Highlander has received an updated exterior, new trim levels and full-new V6 engine. It is enough to keep its status as a king of 7-seater family SUVs.

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