New 2017 Toyota Highlander – Release Date and Review

2017 Toyota Highlander Review

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is, just like its predecessors, pleasing and comfortable to drive, and is undoubtedly a no-brainer pick for a three-row family crossover. Some of its highpoints include a functional cabin design, refined interior appointments, an eight-seating capacity, smooth and strong V6 engine, and a quiet and compliant ride quality. The Toyota Highlander release date, though unconfirmed, should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017. 

2017 Toyota Highlander auto show, side view, alloy wheels

Nowadays, families are finding SUVs more appealing than ever. Therefore, Toyota expects its newest Highlander to grow both its sales and girth exponentially once it is offered for sale sometime next year. For starters, the vehicle is in its fourth-year of production of the current generation and remains a top pick in its category thanks to its many talents that other crossovers are finding difficult to match.

2017 Toyota Highlander rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

This is the kind of vehicle that is perfectly meant for people who don’t particularly like the idea of a V8 powerplant powered toy-hauling behemoth, or those who find minivans repelling. The Highlander offers five distinct trim levels, a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines, and front- or all-wheel drive, and a successively long list of standard features. Throw in the copious amounts of interior accommodations, and stylish looks and you’ve got yourself a perfect three-row family crossover.

2017 Toyota Highlander spy shots, front view

By virtue of its spacious and comfortable cabin, the Highlander is one particular stand out regardless of the trim level. Its weight notwithstanding, it offers an effortless acceleration thanks to its smooth six-speed automatic transmission system and refined V6.

2017 Toyota Highlander side view, silver color

Additionally, its interior is packed with some of the latest technologies and materials. Its eight-inch touchscreen interface, for instance, is among our favorites thanks to its crisp layout, impressive responsive times, and easy-to-use functionality.

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Despite its “A” rating in its category, there are other vehicles in the segment that parallel it in some areas. These rivals include the 2017 Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Dodge Durango 2017 , and Ford Explorer for 2017.

2017 Toyota Highlander rear view,tailpipe and alloy wheels

2017 Toyota Highlander Trims

The new 2017 Toyota Highlander is offered in XLE, LE, LE Plus, Limited, and Limited Platinum trim models. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is offered elsewhere on this blog.

Exterior Review & 2017 Toyota Highlander Interior Changes

2017 Toyota Highlander steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

The Highlander LE model’s list of standard accessories includes an auxiliary audio jack, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a manually-adjustable front seats, a rear spoiler, automatic wipers and headlights, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, a six-speaker audio system, a 60/40-split folding and reclining second-row seats, a rear spoiler, cruise control, heated outside mirrors, a 6.1” central touchscreen interface, and a rearview camera.

2017 Toyota Highlander front view, headlights and grille

The Plus version of the Highlander LE adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an adjustable-height power liftgate, foglights, HD and satellite radio, synthetic leather accents, automatic tri-zone climate control, a flip-up rear hatch window, an 8-inch display monitor, and an eight-way power driver seat.

2017 Toyota Highlander interior, leather rear seats

The Toyota Highlander XLE adds a 110-V power outlet, smartphone app integration, an eight-inch central touchscreen interface, driver voice amplification, an upgraded driver information display, heated front seats, keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, roof rails, driver voice amplification, retractable second-row sunshade, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Toyota Highlander auto show, front view, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

The Highlander Limited adds driver and passenger memory settings, ventilated and heated front seats, LED running lights, nineteen-inch wheels, 12-speaker JBL audio system, blind-spot monitoring system, ambient interior lighting, and a four-way power passenger seat.

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2017 Toyota Highlander interior, leather seats and dashboard

Exterior 2017 Toyota Highlander colors include Silver Sky Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Alumina Jade Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Nautical Blue Metallic.

2017 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

A power of 185 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque is offered by the 2.7L four-cylinder base model. More power can be specified with the 3.5L V6. It offers an output of 270 horsepower and 248 pounds-ft. of torque.

2017 Toyota Highlander engine

When we come to the fuel economy, EPA says we should expect the four-cylinder to check in at 20/25/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 18/24/20 mpg with the V6 AWD system.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE V6 0-60 mph takes 7.3 seconds, and 7.6 seconds with the FWD Limited V6.


Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 191.1 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: 139-145 cu ft
Cargo volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 4200-5000 lb
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 7.3 sec
MPG: 18-20/24-25 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metalli,c Chestnut Bronze Metallic, Dark Olive Metallic, Estoril Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Jet Black …
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

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2017 Toyota Highlander Price & Release Date

2017 Toyota Highlander release date

Buyers should expect to pay an MSRP starting from $29,990 for the Highlander SUV, and $47,870 for the Highlander Hybrid SUV. As for when the 2017 Highlander goes for sale, rumors allege the vehicle will probably hit dealerships sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

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2017 Toyota Highlander exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Toyota Highlander exterior, side view, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Toyota Highlander Limited, side view, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Toyota Highlander front angle, white color, headlights

2017 Toyota Highlander front view, red color, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Toyota Highlander rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Toyota Highlander trunk, cargo space

2017 Toyota Highlander interior, gear shift knob

2017 Toyota Highlander interior, leather seats