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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

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in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL

$36,270 - $47,880

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Overview

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of the most suitable family-friendly rides. Moreover, the ride offers a number of trims, allowing different buyers to go for a suitable option as per the requirements call for.All trims, however, offer a remarkable combined fuel economy along with a multitude of safety and reliability features. Having lavish cabin and interiors further make the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a lucrative SUV option to go for.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

0 to 60

7

Engine

v6 cyl

3.5 disp

MPG

30 city

28 hwy

Power

306 hp

215 torq

drivetrain

all wheel drive

towing capacity

3500 LBS

transmission

CVT

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.



Styles

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Toasted Walnut Pearl

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Ratings

Engine

9.3

Interior

9.2

9.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV LE

LE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 8

$36,270

Configurations
LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 8 HP: 231-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 215 lbs.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (30/29/28)

 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV XLE

XLE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 8

$41,330

Configurations
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 8 HP: 231-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 215 lbs.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (29/28/27)

 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited

Limited

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 8

$44,760

Configurations
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 7 HP: 231-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 215 lbs.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (29/28/27)

 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Limited Platinum

Limited Platinum

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 8

$47,880

Configurations
Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 7 HP: 231-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 215 lbs.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (29/28/27)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 4, 2018

9.3

Overall Rating


 

9.3/10
Engine

 
 

9.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The 2017 avatar of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine. It produces 306 horsepower in addition to 215 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on the CVT automatic mode.

Features

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is available in a total of 4 trims, namely LE, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The base trim, LE, comes with a starting price-tag of $36,270. Standard features with the trim include energy monitor display, Entune Audio, and LED taillights.

Trim LE XLE Limited Limited platinum
MSRP $36,270 $41,330 $44,760 $47,880
Key

 

Features

  • Projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome-accent headlights
  • LED taillights and stop lights
  • Entune Audio includes 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display with Intelligent Touch controls
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • 4.2-in. color LCD Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Energy monitor display
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade and jam protection
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 8-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • 4.2-in. color LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn navigation
  • Energy monitor display
  • Hybrid system power meter
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  • 8-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Rear cargo area tonneau cover
  • Energy monitor display
  • Hybrid system power meter
  • Projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome-accent headlights
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  •  8-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Rear cargo area tonneau cover
  • Energy monitor display
  • Hybrid system power meter

Leave for the LE trim, all other trims boast an 8-inch touch display. XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum come equipped with a hybrid system power meter. Limited and Limited Platinum comes with a rear cargo area tonneau cover. The Limited Platinum trim comes with a rear parking assist sonar.

Engine

9.3/10

"The Highlander Hybrid has a competent hybrid powertrain, proficient brakes and intuitive, albeit numb, steering. Additionally, good highway manners, acceptable towing capability and decent off-road credentials make it appealing"- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 avatar of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid boasts a 3.5L V6 engine. It is capable of generating 306 horsepower and 215 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride features a continuously variable transmission mode. Another ride in the segment that offers the same gear-shifting technology is the Lexus RX 450h Hybrid.

Models Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
MSRP $36,270 $30,595 $45,895 $52,100
Engine 3.5L DOHC 24V V6 3.5-liter V-6 engine 3.5L l6 3.0L l6
Transmission CVT automatic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission CVT Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 306 hp 280 hp 308 hp 321 hp
Torque 215 lb-ft 262 lb.-ft. 247 lb-ft 289 lb-ft

Like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Honda Pilot LX also flaunts a 3.5L V6 engine. However, the ride relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid offers the most horsepower and torque of 321 hp and 289 lb.-ft., respectively in the league.

Acceleration

2017 Toyota Highland Hybrid accelerates to 60 MPH in 7 seconds. For covering a quarter-mile, the ride takes 15.5 seconds. Though the ride has faster acceleration than the Lexus RX 450h, it is slower than the Pilot LX and Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. The latter offers the best time in the league for accelerating to 60 MPH from nothing in 5.9 seconds.

Models Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
0-60 MPH 7.0 sec 6.1 sec 7.7 sec 5.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec 15.1 sec 13.6 sec 14.6 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.5L 3.5L 3.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.0 8.0 5.9 6.5

Highlander Hybrid takes the most time in the league for covering a quarter-mile. The time required for covering a quarter-mile by Honda Pilot LX and Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is 15.1 and 14.6 seconds, respectively. RX 450h covers a quarter-mile the most quickly in 13.6 seconds.

Ride and Handling

In addition to the robust 3.5L V6 engine, 2017 Toyota Highlander is powered by 3 electric motors. The continuously variable transmission is responsive. The ride boasts a smooth handling and offers better acceleration on highways. On the flip side, the steering might feel numb at times. Further, the regenerative braking system can causally be excessively responsive.

2017 Toyota Highland Hybrid comes with a wide variety of family-friendly features. Some of them are meant to enhance the ride comfort. The braking power is above average and ride quality is impressive. No matter whether the ride has some passengers or completely packed, it delivers a smooth riding experience as long as the road is ok.

Braking

Being a big ride means that braking power is going to be compromised. This is exactly true for the triple-row 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid with a massive curb weight of 4825 lbs. Sizes for the front and rear brake in Toyota Highlander Hybrid is 12.9 and 12.2 inches, respectively. The rear brake is the smallest in the competition.

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Brake Front (in.) 12.9 12.6 12.9 13.0
Brake Rear (in.) 12.2 13.0 12.3 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4825 4054 4,740 4,471
60-0 MPH (ft.) 127 128 123 134

During emergency braking episodes, 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid requires a distance of 127 feet for stopping completely. This is valid when the ride is pulled off from 60 MPH. The feat is better than that offered by the Acura MDX and Pilot LX that requires 134 and 128 feet, respectively. Lexus RX 450h Hybrid comes to a complete halt at a distance of 123 feet.

Towing Capacity

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 3500 1500 3500 3500

When properly equipped, 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid can tow weights as much as 3500 lbs. This is the same amount of towing capacity as offered by the MDX Sport Hybrid and the RX 450h Hybrid. Honda Pilot LX offers a maximum towing capacity of 1500 lbs. only.

Fuel Economy

Thanks to its hybrid nature, 2017 Toyota Highlander is able to offer an excellent combined fuel economy of 29 mpg. The ride offers 30 and 28 mpg, respectively in cities and highways. This makes the ride surpass Acura MDX Sport Hybrid that offers a combined fuel economy of 27 mpg.

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
MPG (city) 30 19 31 26
MPG (highway) 28 27 28 27
MPG (combined) 29 22 30 27

Lexus RX 450h Hybrid offers a slightly better combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. The ride offers 31 mpg in cities and 28 mpg on highway settings. Honda Pilot LX offers the least-in-league combined fuel economy of 22 mpg.

Interior

9.2/10

"This is a very competitive segment, and although the Highlander Hybrid is quite good in each of these areas, it also doesn't have a clear advantage over more recently redesigned competitors"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 incarnation of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is capable of accommodating a maximum of 8 persons at once. The SUV offers 40.7 and 44.2 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively in the front. Both are maximum offerings in the league. In the 2nd row, 39.9 and 38.4 inches, respectively of headroom and legroom.

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Passenger capacity 8 8 5 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.7/59.3/44.2 40.1/62.0/40.9 39.4/57.8/44.1 38.1/61.1/41.4
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.0/38.4 40.2/62.0/38.4 38.2/57.6/38.0 38.3/59.1/38.5
Third

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/55.0/26.7 N/A N/A 35.6/54.7/28.1

In the 3rd row, 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers 35.9 and 26.7 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. Clearly, it is not able to accommodate adults.

Infotainment System

2017 Highlander Hybrid comes with an easy to use and intuitive infotainment system. It is complemented by a 6.1-inch touch screen and an Entune audio system. Connectivity options are available with the 5 USB ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot. Other lucrative features include Toyota Safety Sense, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free.

The most important downer for the infotainment system is the absence of a physical button that can take to the navigation. Optional features that you can add to the infotainment system include a Blu-ray entertainment system and a 360-degree system. Driver Easy Speak and rear-seat infotainment access are other notable optional features.

Interior Features

The 2017 iteration of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid flaunts upscale and fully functional interiors. While the first two rows are spacious and comfortable, the 3rd row is anything but spacious. The interiors of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid boasts:

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver\u2019s seat [Optional]
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Adjustable front seats
  • Good-rated LATCH system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats [Optional]
  • Impressive cloth upholstery
  • Sliding and reclining 60/40-split second and third-row seats

Cargo Capacity

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the least-in-league cargo volume to seat 3 capacity of 13.8 cubic feet. However, the ride offers a remarkable cargo volume to seat 1 capacity of 83.7 cubic feet. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid offers the most of the same space of 90.9 cubic feet.

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 13.8 83.9 18.0 15.8
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 42.3 46.8 18.0 43.4
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 83.7 16.5 55.9 90.9

Exterior

"The 2017 Highlander's grille is huge, following the big-grille trend that's been stylish for the past few years. Yet it emphasizes the already blunt nose of this midsize SUV, with different models getting different trims, seeming to shrink the headlights in the process"- KBB

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 incarnation of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid flaunts a length, width, and height of 192.5, 75.8, and 68.1 inches, respectively. The hybrid SUV boasts an excellent ground clearance of 8 inches, which is, in fact, maximum among its class rivals. Wheelbase for the ride is 109.8 inches, surprisingly similar to that boasted by the Lexus RX 450h Hybrid.

Model Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Honda Pilot LX Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Curb weight (lbs.) 4825 4054 4,740 4,471
Length(in) 192.5 194.5 192.5 196.2
Width(in) 75.8 78.6 74.6 77.7
Height(in) 68.1 69.8 67.7 67.4
Ground clearance (in) 8.0 NA 7.0 5.6
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 111 109.8 111.0
Track width (in) F/R 64.4/64.2 66.3/66.3 64.4/64.0 66.3/66.3

With a total curb weight of 4825 lbs., 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the bulkiest ride among its contemporaries. This puts the ride in a close league with the Lexus RX 450h Hybrid with 4740 lbs. of curb weight. Honda Pilot LX has the least weight of 4054 lbs. in the segment.

Exterior Features 

  • Blackout trim package
  • Large, plunging grille
  • LED taillights and stop lights
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome-accent headlights

 

Safety

The 2017 avatar of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid flaunts a great crash test scorecard. The ride receives the rating in all crash tests conducted by the IIHS. Highlander Hybrid SUV also receives a 5-star overall rating by NHTSA. Though it receives a 4-star rating for frontal crash, the ride is awarded a 5-star rating for side crash test.

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV comes with a number of safety and reliability features. The SUV comes equipped with the pre-collision detection system and lane departure warning with steering assist. Other notable security features include a blind spot monitoring system and a 360-degree camera.

Safety Features

  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA)
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors and driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts
  • 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

 

NHTSA Ratings
Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

IIHS not rated

Competition

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vs Toyota Highlander Hybrid 

With 321 horsepower and 289 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal, Acura MDX Sport Hybrid easily champions its class rivals. The ride flaunts a 3.0L I6 engine coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. Pricing options for the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid start from $52,100.

For accelerating to 60 MPH from nothing, Acura MDX requires 5.9 seconds. This is the best time in the competition. The MDX covers a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. Though the ride boasts a remarkable mileage of 27 mpg and league-leading cargo space, it has a pathetic braking power.

Honda Pilot LX vs Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV, Honda Pilot LX is able to accommodate a total of 8 persons. The ride boasts a 3.5L V6 engine, capable of generating 280 hp of power and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike the competition, the ride relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.

Honda Pilot LX shoots to 60 MPH in 6.1 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 15.1 seconds. It is the least bulky ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 4054 lbs. The ride has the least combined fuel economy of 22 mpg in the competition.

Lexus RX 450h Hybrid vs Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Another alternative to the Toyota Highlander is the Lexus RX 450h Hybrid. A 3.5L I6 engine is coupled with a CVT automatic transmission mode in the ride. The engine is capable of producing 308 hp of power in addition to 247 lb.-ft. of torque.

Lexus RX hits the 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds. It covers a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds, fastest in the competition. Moreover, the ride has the least CO2 emission value of 5.9 in the league. In addition to boasting airy interiors, the ride has an impressive combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.

Final Verdict

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of the most suitable family-friendly rides. Moreover, the ride offers a number of trims, allowing different buyers to go for a suitable option as per the requirements call for.

All trims, however, offer a remarkable combined fuel economy along with a multitude of safety and reliability features. Having lavish cabin and interiors further make the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a lucrative SUV option to go for.

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