2017 Toyota Highlander Gets New Exterior & Powertrain Updates

By | 03/23/2016

The 2017 Toyota Highlander just debuted at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The new and updated mid-size SUV has a lot of new perks to show. The model has been updated with new technology gadgets, better performance and refreshed exterior design. Also, the 2017 Toyota Highlander now offers new trim levels, which means there are more varieties to choose from. These also include a brand new SE trim, which adds a bit sportier feel to this reliable and beloved SUV. The 2017 Toyota Highlander now has excellent chances to win a bigger chunk of its market segment, as it will offer more modern and interesting design, better performance and up-to-date technology. The famous SUV waited since the 2014, when current generation was introduced, for a decent restyle, and now that it is finally here, the 2017 Highlander will surely thrive.

2017 Toyota Highlander Update

2017 Toyota Highlander Exterior & Technology Update

The 2017 Toyota Highlander comes with a refreshed exterior design. Although the cosmetic changes aren’t too drastic, they do make a difference. The new SUV now holds a more modern and attractive grille, with either silver-painted or chrome finish, depending on the trim level. The rear end was also updated featuring slightly different taillight design. Furthermore, the new 2017 Toyota Highlander now offers two new colors, the Celestial Silver Metallic and the Toasted Walnut Pearl, while the brand new SE trim will include yet another color, the Salsa Red Pearl, limited to this trim only. In addition, each of the offered trims will come with different exterior finishes, depending on the level of luxury they offer.

2017 Toyota Highlander Interior

As for the interior, the 2017 Toyota Highlander now offers more elegant and modern cabin. The new SUV will also feature more standard equipment. Safety-wise, all models come with a standard Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite, which includes lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian pre-collision warning. The most luxurious Limited Platinum trim also features a 360-degree bird-eye view camera system. The new 2017 Highlander also offers more USB ports, and a choice between a second-row captain’s chairs or a second-row bench seats (depending on a trim level).

2017 Toyota Highlander SE Trim

The 2017 Toyota Highlander SE is the newest member of the crew. The new trim level adds a sportier appeal to the model. As we already mentioned, it comes with unique color choices. It will also offer a 19-inch wheels, a firmer suspension, dark silver roof railings and grille and a dark leather seats with contrast silver stitching. The new model should offer a more interesting and edgy performance, too.

2017 Toyota Highlander Rear View

Powertrain Improvements

The 2017 Toyota Highlander will come with some powertrain tune-ups, too. All the trims, except for the LE trim and Hybrid, will now offer a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard stop-start system. The new setup is said to offer more power and better fuel economy than its current counterpart, though the exact figures are still unknown. The base engine remains 2.7-liter four-cylinder mill with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will also carry over its current powertrain. The 2017 Highlander Hybrid keeps the all-wheel drive mode only, while other trims offer both the all-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive setups. The Hybrid will, in addition, now offer two more, less expensive trims, the LE and XLE (positioned under the Limited and Platinum versions).

Pricing & Release Date

After the premiere at the 2016 NY Auto Show, the 2017 Toyota Highlander should be released this fall. More details on the prices of the new trims should be released soon.

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