2017 Toyota Highlander Review from Toyota of Gladstone

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Why should you buy a 2017 Toyota Highlander from Toyota of Gladstone?

Built for Active People and Families - Standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) teams up a new powertrain to drive the versatile Highlander into 2017.

Highlander features a sleek, strong exterior, complemented by a sophisticated interior. With its overall capability, versatility and class-leading 295 HP, Highlander continues to set the standard among mid-size SUVs.

Everyday Capability

With seating for up to eight passengers, 83.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume11, smart storage compartments like an in-dash shelf, overhead console with sunglasses storage and large soft-touch center console with a removable utility tray, and available Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Highlander offers great capability, inside and out.

Advanced Technology

Upscale technology isn't just under the hood, it's in the cabin too. With Entune™ Audio head units, three-zone automatic climate control with air filter (LE Plus and above), Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, Overhead 360 degree view in drive and reverse, and curb view (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum), 5 USB ports, and innovative safety systems , there's no shortage of advanced-technology features in Highlander.

Premium Interior Amenities

Highlander offers a variety of upscale features typically found in luxury vehicles, such as heated and ventilated front-row seats, heated 2nd row outboard seats, 5 USB ports, and rear-seat Blu-ray® DVD entertainment system with 9-in. display to increase the overall ownership experience.

Comprehensive Safety

With standard active safety technology from Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)1 (including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)), standard Star Safety System™, eight standard airbags and available preventive systems like Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Front and Rear Parking Assist Sonar, Highlander helps provide even more peace of mind.

Outstanding Value

Highlander comes in six well-equipped trim levels and features the same renowned quality, dependability and reliability Toyota vehicles are famous for. With standard ToyotaCare, Highlander delivers more value than ever.

Available Hybrid

The 2017 Highlander Hybrid is equipped with a 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, boasting the best combined MPG of any three-row mid-size SUV on the market. For 2017, Hybrid options have been expanded to also include Hybrid LE and Hybrid XLE models.

What's New for the 2017 Toyota Highlander

Grades

• New SE grade (Gas only, No Hybrid option) with sport-tuned suspension.

• Expanded hybrid line-up - add Hybrid LE and Hybrid XLE grades with standard Electronic On-Demand AWD with intelligence (AWD-i)

Mechanical

• 6 cyl. gasoline engine - 3.5-Liter V6 Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve D-4S Injection Atkinson Cycle-capable Engine with Dual VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-Intelligent Wider Intake) & VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-Intelligent Exhaust); 295 hp @ 6,660 rpm, 263 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,700 rpm - Class Leading HP

• Stop and Start Engine System (S&S) standard on LE Plus and above grades

• 6 cyl. Hybrid engine - 3.5-Liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve D-4S Injection Atkinson Cycle Engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-Intelligent); EV, ECO, and POWER Modes; 306 hybrid system net hp (228 kW)

• 6 cyl. gasoline engine grades - Direct Shift - 8AT, 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

• Updated MPG on all non-hybrid and hybrid grades (See Specifications for additional information)

• Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle III (ULEV-III) now on all non-hybrid grades with V6 engines

• Sport-tuned independent MacPherson® strut front suspension with front stabilizer bar; Sport-tuned double-wishbone rear suspension with rear stabilizer bars (SE grades)

Safety & Convenience

• Toyota Safety Sense™ P now standard for ALL grades - includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function (LDA w/SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

• Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) added as standard on XLE, XLE Hybrid, and SE (standard on XLE and above now)

• Front and Rear Parking Assist Sonar (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

Technology

• Added 4 USB ports - Five total USB ports [3 front (including 1 USB 2.0 port) and 2 second-row area] (standard on all grades)

• 4.2" color LCD Multi-Informational Display screen added to LE, LE Hybrid, and LE Plus grades (now standard on all grades)

• Bird's Eye View Camera - Perimeter Scan, Overhead 360 degree view in drive and reverse, and curb view (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

Exterior

• Refreshed Exterior Styling - Advanced design to provide a sleeker, more dynamic, and stronger appearance

• Redesigned front grill on all grades (Silver paint on LE through XLE grades, glass black on SE grades, and chrome on Limited and Limited Platinum grades)

• New paint color options: New 1J9 Celestial Silver Metallic replaces 1D6 Silver Sky Metallic, new 4W4 Toasted Walnut Pearl replaces 5B2 Crème Brulee Mica, and new 3Q3 Salsa Red Pearl replaces 8S6 Nautical Blue Metallic

• Redesigned or new wheels on all grades except Limited and Limited Hybrid

• Redesigned headlight assemblies on all grades

• Daytime Running lights (DRL) with on/off feature integrated into headlights on all grades (LED DRLs on SE and above)

• Redesigned LED tail and stoplights on all grades

• On SE grades: Unique dark-paint treatment to headlight assemblies and roof rails

• On Hybrid grades, relocated AWD-i badging to bottom of rear doors and changed Hybrid Synergy Drive® badges to Hybrid blue accent badges

• Rear bumper chrome garnish on Limited and above grades

Interior

• Improved Interior function - A more premium experience for you and your passengers

• Additional 4 USB 2.1 amp charge ports (5 total) on all grades. [3 front (including 1 USB 2.0 port) and 2 second-row area]

• Expanded 8-passenger seating (2nd row bench) now also available on Limited and Limited Platinum (Gas only) (Seating varies by grade, see Specifications)

• XLE will also change to standard 7 passenger seating with available 8 passenger

• SE will only be available as 7 passenger

• New rear cargo area Tonneau Cover (Standard on Limited, Limited Hybrid, Limited Platinum, Hybrid Limited Platinum)

• New interior wood trim type on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum

• New interior colors: Saddle Tan (40) brown leather (Available. Limited, Limited Hybrid, Limited Platinum, Hybrid Limited Platinum) & Black leather trimmed seats with unique ribbon inserts and silver stitching (SE)

2017 Toyota Highlander Key Features

Performance

• New 3.5L V6 Engine with D-4S (Dual Injection: Direct and Port injection) (Gas and Hybrid)

• New Engine Stop and Start System (S&S) (all V6 except LE grade)

• New Direct Shift - 8AT (Automatic Transmission) - Newly developed under TNGA (all V6 gas models)

• 2.7L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) (FWD LE 4 cyl.)

• Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode (Hybrid models)

• 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift mode and snow mode (FWD LE 4 cyl.)

• MacPherson® strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension (Sport-tuned on SE grades)

• Available Dynamic Torque Control AWD (AWD gas models)

• Electronic On-Demand AWD System with intelligence (AWD-i) (standard on all Hybrid models)

Technology

• Entune™ Audio with 6.1-in. high resolution touchscreen display (8-in. screen on LE Plus and above)

• Standard integrated backup camera with projected path

• Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines (Limited, Hybrid Limited, Limited Platinum, and Limited Platinum Hybrid)

• Standard 4.2-in. color LCD Multi-Information Display

• Available rear seat Blu-ray® DVD Entertainment System (XLE and above, except Limited Platinum and Limited Platinum Hybrid)

• Added 4 USB ports - Five total USB ports [3 front (including 1 USB 2.0 port) and 2 second-row area] (standard on all grades)

• Bird's Eye View Camera - Perimeter Scan, Overhead 360 degree view in drive and reverse, and curb view (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

Safety

• Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) - Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

•Standard Star Safety System™

• Standard Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)

• Downhill Assist Control (DAC) (AWD gas models)

• Standard eight airbags including driver knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion airbag

• Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (XLE and above)

• Rear Parking Assist Sonar (Limited and Hybrid Limited)

• Front and Rear Parking Assist Sonar (Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

• Safety Connect® - includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification (Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

• Standard two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors and tethers on outboard second-row seats and tether anchor on middle of second and third-row seats

Comfort and Convenience

• Blue LED ambient lighting on interior of front and rear doors and in-dash shelf (SE and above)

• Soft-touch in-dash shelf with easy cable management

• 24.5-liter soft-touch roll-top center console with removable utility tray

• Driver Easy Speak (XLE and above)

• Power liftgate with memory function (LE Plus and above)

• Second-row retractable window sunshades (XLE and above)

• Heated steering wheel and heated second-row captain's chairs (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

• Standard moonroof on XLE, SE and Limited, available panoramic moonroof (standard on Limited Platinum and Hybrid Limited Platinum)

Versatility

• Up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind first row (LE and LE Plus)

• 8-passenger seating standard for LE, LE Plus and XLE (7-passenger available for XLE, standard for Limited)

• 60/40 split sliding and reclining fold-flat second-row seats (8-passenger seating)

• 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seat with sliding headrests and recline function

• Rear cargo area Tonneau Cover (Standard on Limited, Limited Hybrid, Limited Platinum, Hybrid Limited Platinum)

2017 Toyota Highlander Awards

2017 Toyota Highlander received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

2016 Highlander was named Best Overall Value of the year for the last 5 years in a row
IntelliChoice

2016 Highlander was named a Highest Retained Value winner
IntelliChoice

2016 Highlander was named a Lowest Ownership Costs winner
IntelliChoice

2016 Highlander was named a SmartChoice Retained Value winner
IntelliChoice

2016 Highlander Hybrid was named an Excellent Value
IntelliChoice

2016 Highlander Hybrid was named a Lowest Maintenance Costs winner
IntelliChoice

The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was named Best Hybrid SUV for Families
U.S. News & World Report

The (2016) Highlander Hybrid received a 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Award
Kelley Blue Book

2016 KBB.com Best Buy Award Finalist - among midsize SUVs
Kelley Blue Book

The 2016 Highlander was named one of Kelley Blue Book's 16 Best Family Cars of 2016
Kelley Blue Book

2017 Toyota Highlander Key Competitive Advantages

Passenger Seatting

Highlander's 8-passenger seating is more than Explorer, Grand Cherokee and Pathfinder while its maximum cargo volume beats all but Pilot. Plus, Highlander provides more front leg room and second-row hip room than all four core competitors.

Advaned Technology

With features like Intelligent Touch controls, a touch-screen display and the Entune® App Suite, an integrated app suite unmatched by all four competitors, Highlander provides technology that's ahead of the curve.

ToyotaCare

Already packed with standard features and competitively priced, Highlander also comes standard with ToyotaCare no-cost scheduled maintenance plan unmatched by any of the core competitors.

Comprehensive Safety

While Explorer has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) available as an additional cost option, none of the core competitors offers a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard like Highlander Limited, and none offers a comprehensive safety package similar to the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) - Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Other competitors offer some of these technologies, but not all.

Fuel Economy

Highlander gets better city MPG than most of its core competitors2, except Pathfinder, while delivering a responsive driving experience Direct Shift - 8AT.

Available Hybrid

Highlander Hybrid boasts the best combined MPG of any 3 row mid-size SUV in the market with an EPA-estimated MPG of 30 city / 28 highway / 29 combinedfor Hybrid LE and 29 city / 27 highway / and 28 combined for Hybrid XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum.

2017 Toyota Highlander Competitors

2017 Ford Explorer

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Key Takeaways

Comprehensive Safety: Highlander comes equipped with 8 airbags and Toyota Safety Sense™ P7 active safety, while Explorer offers 7 airbags and can only be equipped with features similar to TSS-P through extra-cost options.

Clever Convenience: Highlander Limited comes equipped with Driver Easy Speak, a unique system that uses the microphone and audio system to amplify the driver's voice throughout the cabin.

Modern Drivetrain: Highlander's new Direct Shift -8AT 8-speed automatic transmission offers greater versatility than Explorer's 6-speed SelectShift® unit.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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Key Takeaways

Powerful: Although both vehicles are equipped with new engines for 2017, Highlander's V6 puts out more power than Pathfinder's, at 295 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque versus 284 hp and 259 lb.-ft.

Modern Safety: Highlander's standard TSS-P active safety package includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Automatic High Beams, both features not offered for Pathfinder.

Long Term Value: Highlander Limited AWD beats Pathfinder Platinum 4WD in 5-year IntelliChoice ratings, with a total ownership cost of $37,823 (versus $51,367) and a Value Rating of "Excellent" (versus "Poor").

2017 Honda Pilot

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Key Takeaways

Powerful: With 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, Highlander has more power than Pilot, which has 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.

Safe: Toyota Safety Sense™ P is standard on all Highlander models; similar features are only offered on Pilot EX-L as part of an extra-cost package.

Efficient: Highlander XLE AWD received EPA fuel estimates of 20/26/21 mpg (city/hwy/comb), beating Pilot EX-L AWD's ratings of 18/26/21 mpg.

2017 Subaru Outback

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Key Takeaways

V6 Power With 295 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, Highlander XLE has more power than Outback 2.5i Touring, which offers 175 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque.

Ready to tow: Highlander XLE AWD has nearly double the towing capacity of Outback 2.5i Touring: 5,000 pounds versus 2,700 pounds.

Room for everybody: Highlander XLE offers greater passenger capacity by way of third-row seating; Outback 2.5i Touring seats five passengers.