Toyota Highlander Model Years
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness amongst critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of adjustments focused on satisfying the masses and also experts alike.
Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come common with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery and 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 examination car also loaded blind-spot monitoring, an attribute inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's countless security systems is the most up to date variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- as well as incorporates a host of contemporary technologies, consisting of a straight and port fuel-injection system as well as an updated valvetrain that enables the engine to run on the a lot more efficient Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 more ponies and also an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous system. Fuel economy is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models attain 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2015's Highlander and placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that develops power nearly all the way up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 second off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph as well as 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and also 3.8 secs, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow for the course and almost a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Blame the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the modified Highlander's V-6 offers a lot of grunt in many real-world driving scenarios. Thanks in part to our examination auto's automatic stop-start system, we managed an affordable 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg much better compared to exactly what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.
The Component of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's enchanting Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up exterior layout is akin to the film's handsome but featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as back fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an eye-catching collection of LED taillights give the Highlander an extra cohesive, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still wouldn't put it rather on the exact same degree of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has actually been left greatly untouched. Toyota did include 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total to 5-- three in front as well as 2 in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of useful storage spaces, consisting of a shelf that extends the reduced control panel and a massive center-console bin that could suit nearly a cubic foot of various items. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's as well far from the motorist.
While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders have a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum grades have captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Area abounds in the 2nd row, however we located that our seven-passenger test cars and truck's pail seats were placed as well low for optimal comfort. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared with the slim and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete 6 inches fewer compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you regularly transport adequate passengers to advantage constant use the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and also low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's handling reminds us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits extreme body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is reasonably fast and typically well weighted.
At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.
With an as-tested cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was the most costly option, while $434 acquired floor mats and also body-side moldings. Standard items included navigating, a distance key with push-button begin, and also a sunroof, along with previously mentioned features such as a blind-spot monitoring system as well as leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota drapes the third row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also cramped third row continuously curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy checklist of common safety and ease attributes, extra effective and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also improved outside designing will remain to attract hoards of buyers looking for a comfortable and also reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.