Toyota Highlander Gets Refreshed for 2017

Posted by: Lydia Siu onMarch 23rd, 2016


Toyota debuted their refreshed Highlander at the New York Auto Show today. The Highlander is Toyota’s mid-sized SUV that packages luxury, comfort, technology and capability all into one very capable vehicle.

For the upcoming iteration of the Highlander, Toyota redesigned the front of the vehicle to give it sporty yet refined appeal. The Highlander now sports an aggressive low slung front grill set of by horizontal bars which make the car look wider than it really is. The fog lights are now housed in a much larger vent opening which is taller than the last generation. The front of the Highlander now vaguely resembles the design elements from the new Lexus lineup. For 2017, the Highlander will get three new exterior colors: Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl and Salsa Red Pearl. Different trim levels of the Highlander will also receive different levels of chrome or painted accents.

Toyota will be offering the 2017 Highlander with two engine choices. First is a 3.5L V6 which will be paired with an eight speed automatic transmission as standard. The design of the new V6 balances both power delivery and fuel economy. Further fuel economy is achieved by integrating a start and stop feature with the V6 engine package. Toyota will also offer a 2.7L 4-cylinder that will be mated to their six speed automatic transmission.

The 2017 Highlander will come with a whole host of new safety features bundled together into a Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS) package. A Pre-Collision System with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake alerts drivers with alarms of a possible collision. The Lane Departure Alert senses lane markings and will input steering assist to get the car back into its lane if it deviates off track. The Automatic High Beams uses sensors to detect ambient light and oncoming traffic and will automatically switch between high and low beams to assist driver visibility.

Look for the 2017 Highlander to hit showroom floors this fall.

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