|Engine Size:||2.7 L|
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More value is the call for Toyota with the 2017 Highlander mid-sized SUV. Receiving updates in looks, power, and safety from a year ago, this year’s Highlander ups its game to edge a head of the competition.
Safety features fill out a platform that is second to none. A level of safety found usually only in top tier trims, become standard in the Highlander. With added horsepower, a composed ride, and comfortable three row seating, SUV buyers receive a vehicle that represents all the qualities that make the SUV an ever more desirable choice.
Bigger power comes from the same size 3.5L V6 engine, as it goes up from 270hp to 295hp for 2017. Torque is improved from 248lb-ft to 263lb-ft as well. An all-new 8-speed automatic transmission, increasing from 6 from last year, takes the new power and manages it to achieve smoother acceleration and better gas mileage.
Toyota’s Dynamic Torque-Control AWD automatically distributes power evenly to front to back for a better control. Towing capacity in the Highlander can go up to 5,000lb with higher trims. Start and stop technology aids in fuel mileage by shutting down the motor when idling and quickly restarting to accelerate.
A newly restyled exterior includes a widened front bumper, further extending its triangular shape and enhancing an already dynamic look. Added alterations to the bumper’s edges changes the shape of the Highlander from a year ago, for a stronger appearance. Headlights and taillights are slightly reshaped as well, and LED elements are added around the taillights.
The interior of the Highlander has 5 USB ports, and can seat up to 8 passengers. Cargo space is maximized with second and third row fold flat seating. To keep things as quiet as possible, the Highlander has sound insulation in the floor and an acoustic glass windshield. Soft touch materials are found in the instrument panel, center console, and arm rests. Overall, the interior of the Highlander feels high end, with excellent storage, and a clean looking instrument panel.
Toyota offers the most comprehensive safety system amongst all manufacturers. Toyota Safety Sense™, standard on all Toyota models, includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System has Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags. Going even further with the Star Safety System™ Toyota offers driver assist features such as Electronically Controlled Braking, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist.
Audio Display and Back up camera are standard. The Multi-Information displays all the information in easy to view gauges with brightly lit symbols and numbers. The Available Entune™ is a hub of technology features. It has integrated Navigation and App Suits. And all can be accessed with Bluetooth® hands free communication.
Visit a Toyota dealership today and explore the 2017 Toyota Highlander.