The new 2017 Toyota Highlander is a worthy blend of high-level powertrain technology,spaciousness, and comfort. The Toyota Highlander is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs onthe market. The car is priced at $57,878 which may sound expensive but there's a decentmixture of high-level technology, and comfort that helps make a good illustration of value.The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV is a powerful SUV from Toyota which can deliverexcellent power, fuel economy, performance, technology, and value for money. TheHighlander SUV gives a tough competition to its competitors like the Ford Exlporer,Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Arcadia with best in the class engine, beautiful exterior,and interiors.The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV comes in six trims starting with the base model the ToyotaHighlander SUV LE, Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus, Toyota Highlander SUV SE, ToyotaHighlander SUV XLE, Toyota Highlander SUV Limited, and the fully packed ToyotaHighlander SUV Limited Platinum.
7.3/10 Fuel Economy
The new 2017 Toyota Highlander is a worthy blend of high-level powertrain technology, spaciousness, and comfort. The Toyota Highlander is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. The car is priced at $57,878 which may sound expensive but there a decent mixture of high-level technology, and comfort that helps make a good illustration of value.
2017 Toyota Highlander Features
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV comes in six trims starting with the base model the Toyota Highlander SUV LE. The base model Highlander LE offer features like projector beam headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, 5.1-inch display for navigation with intelligent controls as standard. The base variant of the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE starts at $30,630 for the MSRP (FWD) and $32,680 for the MSRP (AWD). The car is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
18-in. split 5-spoke alloy wheels
Soft-touch in-dash cable management
Seating for up to eight
Five total USB ports 6
3 front, 2 second row
Entune Audio includes 6.1-in. HD touch-screen display with Intelligent Touch controls
Second- and third-row 60/40 split
Sliding and reclining fold-flat seating
Integrated backup camera3 with projected path 24.5-liter soft-touch roll-top center console with removable utility tray passenger seat
Height-adjustable power lift gate with jam protection
Flip-up rear hatch window Seating for up to eight
Bluetooth wireless technology
Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App
8-in. HD display with Intelligent Touch controls
Advanced GPS and voice recognition
8-way power-adjustable driver seat
Cloth seats with contrast stitching
Three-zone automatic climate control with separate second-row control panel
Individual temperature settings for driver
Stop and Start Engine System
Blue LED ambient lighting in interior of front and rear doors and in-dash shelf
Soft-touch upper door trim with technical pattern accent
Seating for up to seven Black leather-trimmed seats with unique ribbon inserts and silver stitching
Seating for up to eight
Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation15 and App Suite
16 and 8-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
4.2-in. colour LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn navigation
HomeLink20 universal transceiver
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Leather-trimmed seats with heated front seats
Second-row retractable window sunshades
Smart Key System19 with Push Button Start
Second-row 120V auxiliary AC power outlet
Driver Easy Speak driver voice amplification
Seating for up to eight
Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation 15 and App Suite
16 and 8-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
Available all-new Saddle Tan interior
Perforated heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front seats with memory function on driver
4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat cargo area tonneau cover
Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system
Seating for eight with second-row bench
Bird Eye View Camera4
Panoramic moon roof
Heated steering wheel
Heated second-row captain chairs
Rain-sensing windshield wipers 19-in. 5-spoke Dark Chromtec alloy wheels
Scan feature Front and rear parking assist sonar Puddle lights with Highlander pro
The Plus variant of the base model Highlander LE offer also offer features like projector beam headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, 5.1-inch display for navigation with intelligent controls as standard. In addition to this, the car offers some additional features like Climate control with individual temperature settings. The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus starts at $35,060 for the MSRP (FWD). The car is available in front-wheel drive option.
The Toyota Highlander SUV SE offers additional features over the Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus like Blue LED ambient lighting, height adjustable power liftgate with jam protection, and an 8-inch touchscreen display. The Toyota Highlander SUV SE starts at $39,690 for the MSRP (FWD) and $41,150 for the MSRP (AWD). The car is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
The Toyota Highlander SUV XLE almost all features that Toyota Highlander SUV SE have but it provides some additional features like an automatic dimming rear-view mirror, second-row retractable sunshades, and leather-trimmed seats. The Toyota Highlander SUV XLE is priced at $38,520 for the MSRP (FWD) and $39,980 for the MSRP (AWD). The car is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
Finally, the Toyota Highlander SUV Limited and the Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum. Both the Highlander SUV Limited and the Limited Platinum models have JBL audio system connected with an 8-inch touchscreen display, 4-way power seats, and ventilated leather seats. The Limited Platinum SUV features a Blu-ray disc entertainment system, moonroof, and Puddle lights with Highlander Pro. The Toyota Highlander SUV Limited and the Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum are priced at $41,680 and $44, 800 for the MSRP (FWD) and $43,140 and $46,260 for the MSRP (AWD) models respectively. The car is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
2017 Toyota Highlander Engine
Engine and Transmission
The base variant of the Toyota Highlander SUV LE offers a 3.5L 6cyl engine which can generate 295 hp engine with 263 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm. The car uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. This car offers both front wheel drive system and all-wheel drive options.
3.5 L 6cyl
3.6L 6 cyl
3.6-liter V-6 engine
The other variants of the Highlander SUV the Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus, Toyota Highlander SUV SE, Toyota Highlander SUV XLE, Toyota Highlander SUV Limited, and the fully packed Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum offer the same 3.5L 6cyl engine which generated 295 hp with 263 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm. All these above models are available in both front wheel drive system and all-wheel drive options.
There is another base variant of the Toyota Highlander SUV LE which uses a 2.7L 4cyl engine which can generate up to 185 hp at 5800 rpm. This car offers both front wheel drive system and all-wheel drive options.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV engine loses the competition with a score of 7.0 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH. Meanwhile, its competitor GMC Arcadia wins the competition with the Highlander SUV in the acceleration with a score of 6.3 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH.
Whereas the other competitors of the Highlander SUV, the Ford Explorer can hit 0-60 MPH in 6.6 seconds while the Chevrolet Transverse took 6.7 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH.
Ride and Handling
The riding experience with the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV is very good. The car is very smooth and steady and the steering is very smooth and responsive. The suspension bears out a few delivering the drive a little unrelenting.
The newly improved engine on the Toyota Highlander SUV is very powerful and it is always ready to generate all the power you want. The engine is smooth and silent even when the car crosses 60 MPH. The front visibility and the driving, viewing angles while riding are very good.
The reverse parking sensors on the car are very good with a rear parking system. The car offers a much spacious cabin and drivers space making the ride very comfortable.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV packs a 12.9-inch disk braking system. \xa0Although offering a 12.9-inch braking system than the competitors the car is ahead and equal in some cases with the competitors with a stopping distance of 126 feet from 60-0 MPH.
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
The Chevrolet Transverse loses in the braking department with a stopping distance of 135 feet followed by Ford Explorer with a stopping distance of 135 feet and 127 feet from 60-0 MPH respectively. The GMC Arcadia offers 17.0-inch brakes and wins the competition along with Toyota Highlander SUV in the brakes department with a stopping distance of 126 feet from 0-60 MPH. In the second spot, we have the Ford Explorer which offer a 12.08-inch braking system and stops at a distance of 127 feet from 0-60 MPH.
2017 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy
"An appealing combination of a powerful V6, proficient brakes and intuitive, precise steering, plus good handling and decent towing and off-road credentials place the Highlander among the class best"-Edmunds
Engine and Transmission
The fuel economy is one of the very important points to consider while buying a car. The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV delivers the most fuel economy when compared with the competition with 20 mpg in the city and about 27 mpg on the Highway. The Toyota Highlander SUV wins the competition and delivers an impressive mileage.
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
The Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Acadia deliver about 17 mpg, 15 mpg, and 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg, 22 mpg, and 25 mpg on the highway respectively. In addition to this, the Toyota Highlander SUV delivers the most combined mileage with 2 mpg (combined) when compared with the other competitors of the Highlander SUV.
2017 Toyota Highlander Interior
"The 2017 Toyota Highlander interior is largely the same as last year, the dash-width shelf up front is perfect for your wallet, smartphone, keys or whatever else, and the huge center console bin can easily swallow anything too big for the shelf"- KBB
Seating and Comfort
2017 Toyota Highlander SUV and the Chevrolet Transverse allows up to 8 people to be seated at once. While the Ford Exlporer offers only 7 people to be seated at once and the GMS Acadia offers only 6 people to be seated at once. The inside cabin is very spacious and designed with the best in quality high-quality premium materials.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
The Toyota Highlander SUV is in the second spot with available front headroom, shoulder room, and legroom are 40.7 (in), 59.3 (in), and 44.2 (in) in the front respectively. There is a decent amount of headroom, shoulder, and legroom in the second row with 39.9 (in), 59.9 (in), 38.9 (in) respectively. The available headroom, shoulder, and legroom in the third row is less when compared with the first and second row with 35.9 (in), 55.0 (in), and 27.7 (in) respectively.
The latest model of the Toyota Highlander SUV features an 8-inch touchscreen centre stacked infotainment display for navigation. Controls on the steering wheel include buttons to interact with the infotainment system in the car. The Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio Control Buttons and the Steering-Wheel-Mounted Cruise Control Buttons are made of good quality.
The JBL sound system on the car provides a delighting music experience and is connected with features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. In addition to this, the system comes with an HD Radio, Voice Recognition, and Bluetooth connectivity. The GPS Navigation system, Steer mounted controls, Voice Controls are popular features in the new 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV.
Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3)
Cargo Volume to seats 2 (ft.3)
Cargo Volume to seats 3 (ft.3)
The Highlander SUV 2017 loses the competition in the car cargo space with 83.7 cubic-feet at seat 1. Whereas the other competitors of the Highlander SUV; the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Acadia offer80.7 cubic feet, 116.3 cubic feet, and 79.0 cubic feet of cargo capacity respectively. The 2017 Highlander SUV offers 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space at seat 2 and about 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space at the seat 3.
2017 Toyota Highlander 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
Dimensions and Weight
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV weighs about 4370 lbs. The Toyota Highlander SUV is the smallest car in length with 192.5 (in) when compared with Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Acadia. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Transverse is the longest car with a length of 203.7 (in). In addition to this, the Chevrolet Transverse is the bulkiest car when compared with the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV with a curb weight of 4715 lbs and 203.7 (in).
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV has a ground clearance of 8.0 (in) whereas the Ford Explorer has a ground clearance of 7.8 (in), Chevrolet Transverse has a ground clearance of 7.2, and the GMC Acadia has a ground clearance of 7.2 (in). The Curb weight of the Toyota Highlander SUV 2017 is 4370 lbs. Whereas the Curb Weights of the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Arcadia are 4443 lbs, 4715 lbs, and 3956 lbs respectively. Meanwhile, the wheelbase of the Toyota Highlander SUV 2017 is 109.8 (in). Whereas the wheelbase for the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Transverse, and the GMC Arcadia are 112.8 (in), 118.9 (in), and 112.5 (in) respectively.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV is a classy and good-looking car from every angle by Toyota. The car comes with projector beam halogen lights, LED tail lights and stop lights, Windshield wiper, auto light control beside the LED daytime running lights. The car uses an 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel as standard.
Projector Beam Halogen Lights
LED Projector Beam
Sunroof with Power Sunshade
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV uses an 18.0-inch 5-spoke machined large alloy wheels.
2017 Toyota Highlander Safety
The latest model of the Toyota Highlander SUV offers some important safety features implemented with some new technologies from Toyota. The car comes with safety equipment from Toyota Safety Sense P suite, which comes with a forwarding collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
The car has received an impressive 4-star rating with 92% in rollover section. The car has received a 5-star rating in the front crash and side wreck. Other safety features include six airbags, all wheels ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor (reverse parking system).
The Toyota Highlander SUV comes with advanced safety features like the eight airbag protection including a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag, pedestrian detection, Child-safety lock and other safety features as listed below.
Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)21
Star Safety System
Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
26 Traction Control (TRAC)
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist (BA) 27 and Smart Stop Technology (SST)
28 With eight standard airbags
30 plus technologies like available Safety Connect
Overall Frontal Crash Rating
Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side
Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash Rating
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat
Side barrier Driver
Side barrier Rear Passenger
Overall Side Pole Star Rating
Moderate overlap front
Small overlap front driver side
Small overlap front passenger side
Head restraints & seats
Crash Avoidance Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention
2017 Toyota Highlander Competition
Ford Explorer vs Toyota Highlander
The Ford Explorer is one of the best alternatives to the 2017 Highlander SUV which offer a powerful 3.5L 6cyl engine which generates 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Explorer is priced at $31,160 which is slightly less when compared with the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE which is priced at $32,680. The car has a good acceleration speed and good brakes and the results are almost the same as the Highlander SUV.
Chevrolet Transverse vs Toyota Highlander
The Chevrolet Transverse is the cheapest competitor in this lineup which offers almost similar features as the Highlander SUV 2017 offers. The Chevrolet Transverse has a less powerful engine when compared with the Toyota Highlander SUV. The Chevrolet Transverse is priced at $28,700 which is much cheaper than the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE which is priced at $32,680.
GMC Acadia vs Toyota Highlander
The GMC Acadia is the best alternative to the Toyota Highlander SUV 2017 which offers more powerful engine and acceleration speed. In addition to this, the GMC Acadia has the biggest braking system when compared with the Toyota Highlander SUV and has the best stopping power in the braking department. The GMC Acadia is priced at $41,450 which is much expensive than the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE which is priced at $32,680.
2017 Toyota Highlander Final Verdict
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV is a great car from Toyota with best in class engine specifications, stunning exterior, and interior look. The car offers a large and spacious cabin and an advanced infotainment system powered by JBL. The Toyota Highlander SUV offers more safety features than any of its competitors like pedestrian detection and lane detection.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV is priced at $32,680 and more features, fuel efficiency, and technology than any other car in competition. But if you want an SUV with more power than the GMC Acadia is the best option available. The Chevrolet Transverse is cheaper than the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV but offers some best in the class features and stable driving and handling experience in some cases.
Offers more spacious Cabins than most of the competitors
Offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as Standard
Impressive Fuel Economy for an SUV
More Seating Capacity (8 People)
Less space in the third row
The all-new Toyota Highlander SUV 2017 offers Apple CarPlay and Android as Standard
In addition to this
The car also offers features High Tech Safety Features
Rear parking system as standard
The car now features a much improved V6 engine when compared with last year model which offer more fuel efficiency.
163 cu. in.
185 hp @ 5800 rpm
184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm
independent front strut suspension
independent rear double wishbone suspension
brake rotors (f/r)
12.2 in. ventilated front disc/12.9 in. solid disc brakes
144.9 cu ft.
13.8 cu ft.
zero to 60 mph
zero to 100 mph
rolling start (5-60 mph)
braking (70-0 mph)
3 years/36000 miles
5 years/60000 miles
Toasted Walnut Pearl
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