Toyota Highlander Model Years

Toyota Highlander Model Years: Inconspicuous and also practical, the Highlander could haul up to eight in peaceful convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automated and also 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 models and requirement for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies an appropriate driving experience, yet it's more focused on interior niceties as well as storage space.


Toyota Highlander Model Years


Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate eagerness amongst critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of modifications targeted at pleasing the masses as well as pundits alike.

Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come common with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and also automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test auto additionally loaded blind-spot surveillance, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE Plus.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's various safety and security systems is the current version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- as well as incorporates a host of modern-day technologies, including a straight and port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that permits the engine to work on the extra efficient Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 even more horses as well as an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous device. Gas economy is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive designs attain 22 mpg. Both figures note 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 combined fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that constructs power mostly all the means approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, specifically. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow-moving for the class as well as virtually a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our examination car's automated stop-start system, we handled a reasonable 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.

The Component of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's overhauled outside design is akin to the movie's good-looking however forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, as well as an eye-catching collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander a much more natural, SUV-like look. But we still would not put it rather on the very same level of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- three in front as well as 2 in the rear. The cockpit features a variety of useful storage space nooks, including a rack that extends the reduced control panel as well as a substantial center-console bin that can accommodate virtually a cubic foot of assorted items. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's also far away from the chauffeur.

While base-level LE and LE And also Highlanders come with a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum grades have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Space abounds in the second row, but we discovered that our seven-passenger test auto's container seats were mounted too low for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and also reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared to the thin and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you consistently transport enough travelers to quality frequent use of the 3rd 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 also reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's managing advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables extreme body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension takes in road irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted guiding is relatively fast and generally well heavy.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test car was no light-weight, and also the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested rate of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was the most expensive option, while $434 purchased flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Standard products consisted of navigating, a closeness secret with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, along with previously mentioned functions such as a blind-spot monitoring system and also leather-trimmed initial- as well as second-row seats (Toyota cushions the third row in plastic).

While the Highlander's drab handling and also cramped third row remain to curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long checklist of standard safety and security and comfort attributes, more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also enhanced outside styling will remain to draw in stockpiles of customers searching for a comfortable as well as fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.