What's Changed on the 2017 Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander receives several significant changes for the new model year, including styling, powertrain and safety updates. Check out full details below to find out what changes the 2017 Highlander offers compared to the 2016 version of the SUV.

The Toyota Highlander gains an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers enhanced fuel efficiency thanks to its new stop-start technology. Power ratings are also up substantially: Horsepower output is now 295 compared to 270 last year, while torque is up to 263 lb-ft compared to 248 last year. In addition, the V6 is now paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Highlander’s standard engine, a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder, carries over unchanged, as does its standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota takes a lead on the competition by offering Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS) as standard on all 2017 Highlander SUVs. This move reflects the automaker’s commitment to driving safety and a future vision of a world with no auto accidents. Just a few notable technologies included in the package are lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection.

The gas-only Highlander adds a sporty SE model, while the Highlander Hybrid gains LE and XLE trims. The all-new SE comes with exclusive content, including a darker paint treatment on the front grille and roof rails, 19-inch wheels, specially tuned front and rear suspension, black leather seats with silver stitching and the new V6.

Altogether, the gas-only Highlander now offers LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, while the hybrid expands to LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum grades.

Most notably, the SUV receives a reworked front end with a new, larger grille that slightly extends the vehicle’s length. The grille features a silver-painted finish on LE, LE Plus and XLE models, and a painted chrome finish on the Limited and Limited Platinum. Sleeker taillight designs with new standard LEDs are also a highlight. In addition, three new paint colors are available: Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl and, exclusively on the Highlander SE, Salsa Red Pearl.

Charging personal devices is going to be even easier thanks to the addition of four USB ports. With this change, all 2017 Highlander models now offer five total ports. Along with this, Highlander Limited and Limited Platinum trims now offer a second-row bench seat (formerly only offered with captain’s chairs). A luxurious brown leather interior is also newly available on the Limited Platinum.

If you’re interested in purchasing a new 2017 Toyota Highlander in the Dallas area, you have a lot to look forward to. With this year’s round of changes, it’s a better choice than ever before.

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