Toyota Highlander Model Years

Toyota Highlander Model Years: Unnoticeable and reasonable, the Highlander can haul up to eight in quiet comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions and also standard for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander offers a sufficient driving experience, yet it's more focused on interior details and also storage space.

Toyota Highlander Model Years

Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot inspire fervor amongst doubters. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes focused on satisfying the masses and pundits alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come common with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, flexible cruise ship control, as well as automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination auto also loaded blind-spot surveillance, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's numerous safety and security systems is the latest variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is common on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and also includes a host of modern technologies, consisting of a direct and port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to run on the a lot more efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies as well as an added 15 lb-ft compared to the previous device. Fuel economic climate is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive versions accomplish 22 mpg. Both figures note a 2-mpg renovation over last year's Highlander and also placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that builds power almost all the method up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph as well as 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow-moving for the course and also almost a second behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the modified Highlander's V-6 uses lots of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our test auto's automatic stop-start system, we handled a practical 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Element of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's spruced up exterior design belongs to the film's good-looking however featureless lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also back fascias, upgraded headlamps, as well as an eye-catching set of LED taillights provide the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still would not place it rather on the exact same degree of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has been left largely untouched. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total to 5-- 3 ahead and also two in the rear. The cockpit features a number of helpful storage spaces, consisting of a shelf that spans the lower control panel as well as a substantial center-console bin that could fit virtually a cubic foot of assorted products. Ergonomic mistakes consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's too far away from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE and LE Plus Highlanders come with a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum grades have captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum.) Room abounds in the 2nd row, yet we discovered that our seven-passenger examination vehicle's container seats were installed as well reduced for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the thin and lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer than just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you consistently transport enough guests to quality constant use of the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and also reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables extreme body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension takes in roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is reasonably fast and also usually well heavy.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test car was no lightweight, as well as the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 mph-- 11 feet greater than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested price of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in options. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque circulation amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was the most costly option, while $434 gotten flooring mats as well as body-side moldings. Criterion things included navigating, a distance trick with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned functions such as a blind-spot surveillance system as well as leather-trimmed initial- and also second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's drab handling as well as cramped 3rd row remain to curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic security and ease features, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as enhanced outside styling will continuously draw in hoards of consumers searching for a comfortable as well as fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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