2017 Toyota Highlander Review

The making of the new 2017 Toyota Highlander is slowly coming under wraps. The car is going to appear next year and recent information about the release have started to emerge. We have been also able to witness the new model ourselves and think that it is one of the better updates that Toyota is planning, not just for their Highlander but for the entire lineup as well.

2017 Toyota Highlander side view, silver color

The Toyota Highlander has always been known as a useful car with many features that made it a useful and beloved SUV. The main characteristic that you think of when mentioning this vehicle is strength. But this time we get a little bit more strength and some elegance as well. The car is going to remain as strong as even but is going to amp up the elegance part even further, making it appropriate for any type of a rough terrain you can think of but also very good for driving on the streets and roads of just as your family vehicle.

2017 Toyota Highlander side view, white color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Most people are going to consider this car as a family car and they rightfully should. Toyota is updating it in a manner that it offers a lot of versatility and has more options to it than any other SUV on the road. You are not just getting a strong car nor just an elegant car, you are getting both of those and the name to both, as Toyota is no joke and they do not consider things lightly. You will be able to see that once you witness the new 2017 Highlander by yourself, and until you do you can satisfy yourself by reading the review for the time being.

2017 Toyota Highlander exterior design changes and interior updates

Right off the book, the announcement stood that there are going to be a lot of changes to the new look of the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The car is already as robust as it gets, so there is no need to make it even more imposing, right? Well actually wrong, there is always some room for a bit of more and that is actually what they did here. The new Highlander is physically powerful but fashionable at the same time. It does not have this too aggressive aura about itself which actually enables it to be a family car at the same time as well. The car is as big as it ever was and has some toned down elements that balances things out and makes the vehicle available for both words.

2017 Toyota Highlander front angle headlights and grille

The initial changes are seen to the front part of the car where the Highlander has been given a new grille and some freshly designed headlights. The front and rear bumper now have a more appealing bumper which are some of the elements that brings the vehicle down to earth a bit. The front part may make it look a bit more menacing and imposing but the bumper brings it down a notch and shows you the reality of the car. The car is offered in a 5-door setup as always and has the standard off-road package as well. The exterior is fit to tackle any kind of a problem dealing with the weather, whether its the sever weather conditions or the severity o the road you are treading on.

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

The interior of the car is very roomy and has enough room for all the passengers to relax. This is one of the characteristics of the new 2017 Toyota Highlander which was present in the previous models that was one of the staples of this model. If offers spacing for five people at once and also has some new features placed inside it as well. As the comfort is the prime offer which the Highlander tries to convey to the passengers and the driver there are certain updates that make you feel much more comfortable. This is of course done by adding some prime materials and upholstery which is going to help both the driver and the people at the back feeling great on and kind of a journey you go on. There are two rows of seats of course and the front part has the adjustable seats for the driver with some modern additions like the heaters embedded inside.

2017 Toyota Highlander exterior, rear view, silver color, taillights and tailpipe

The design of the car has been changed. It looks similar to the previous one actually but once you get into the details you will see that the dash has been freshen up a bit and made more contemporary. So although the exterior of the vehicle is amped up a bit the inside has been made in a similar fashion but in a much lighter way so it makes the atmosphere much more pleasant. The technological additions added inside include the 8.1-inch touchscreen which shows you the necessary information about the car and also helps you use all the general settings that the car has. There is also the new navigation system there and adaptive travel control with a whole range of additional optional gadgets that you can add once ordering your car.

2017 Toyota Highlander powertrain

There are going to be two engine options that have been confirmed for the 2017 Toyota Highlander. One of them is the 3.5 V-6 petrol engine which offers ample power and torque for the car with an output of f 270 horsepower and 337 Nm. This option even allows some great acceleration for an SUV as it makes 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph.

2017 Toyota Highlander engine

The next one is also an gasoline engine that makes 185 horsepower and a maximum twist of 250 Nm. The car is using a 2.7-liter  four-cylinder twin-turbo engine which also comes with an  Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle sticker. The acceleration of this engine is a little slower and it takes it 10.3 seconds to reach 60 mph but gives it a higher top speed of 117 mph.

Price and release date

The car has still not received its official release date but is expected to come out in mid 2017. The price for the 2017 Toyota Highlander is already known, in a way, as it will be somewhere between 30,000 to $ 44,000.