Toyota Highlander Model Years

Toyota Highlander Model Years: Low-profile and also practical, the Highlander can haul up to eight in silent comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automatic as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 models and criterion for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with 2 electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies an appropriate driving experience, yet it's more concentrated on indoor niceties and also storage.


Toyota Highlander Model Years


Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot inspire fervor among critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer great deals in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of adjustments focused on satisfying the masses and experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come common with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, flexible cruise control, as well as automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car additionally loaded blind-spot tracking, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE Plus.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's various safety systems is the current version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- as well as includes a host of contemporary innovations, consisting of a straight as well as port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to run on the a lot more reliable Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 even more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Fuel economic situation is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive versions attain 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2015's Highlander as well as placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that develops power almost all the way approximately 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. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow for the class as well as nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 uses plenty of grunt in many real-world driving scenarios. Many thanks in part to our test car's automatic stop-start system, we managed an affordable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's enchanting Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's revamped outside style is akin to the film's handsome but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also back fascias, updated headlamps, and also an eye-catching set of LED taillights give the Highlander an extra cohesive, SUV-like look. But we still would not place it rather on the same level of good looks as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total to 5-- three in front and two in the rear. The cabin features a number of convenient storage nooks, including a shelf that extends the reduced control panel and a large center-console container that can suit virtually a cubic foot of various items. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's as well away from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders feature a common second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum qualities feature captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum.) Area abounds in the second row, but we discovered that our seven-passenger examination auto's container seats were mounted too low for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to the thin and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete six inches fewer compared to what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you frequently carry enough guests to merit constant use of the third row, think about the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and also low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with reminds us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows extreme body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted guiding is fairly quick as well as usually well weighted.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test cars and truck was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself known when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 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 cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in choices. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque distribution among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was one of the most pricey choice, while $434 purchased flooring mats as well as body-side moldings. Criterion things consisted of navigating, a proximity key with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, along with abovementioned features such as a blind-spot monitoring system as well as leather-trimmed very first- and second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as confined 3rd row continuously curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of common safety as well as comfort functions, more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as enhanced exterior designing will certainly continuously attract hoards of shoppers looking for a comfy and reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.

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