The Japanese automaker has decided to not only update the Highlander for the 2017 model year, but it’s also delivering a new look, more equipment – all while lowering the price.
That sounds crazy for an automaker – yet for the major facelift of the 2017 Highlander – Toyota has decided to gift the owners of the hybrid version with savings worth thousands compared to the version for the 2016 model year. Additionally, the electrically assisted powertrain is now offered on more trim levels throughout the Highlander family. The upgraded Highlander was introduced during the 2016 New York Auto Show with a new front fascia and updated cabin. The Japanese company also added a new 3.5-liter V6 packing 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic. The Hybrid also uses a six-cylinder and with the help of the electric motor the total output surges to 306 hp.
The Highlander Hybrid is now introduced from the base LE for $37,210 (after $940 destination) and on the XLE for $42,270. Meanwhile, the V6 LE with all-wheel drive kicks off at $35,080 or $40,920 on the XLE. The Limited and Limited Platinum trims are where the big savings occur – $3,110 drop from last year to $45,700 for the former and $2,605 to $48,820 for the latter. For the rest of the trims with the V6, the update does come as being a bit costlier, though its entry two-wheel drive LE with a four-cylinder now costs $31,570, which is only 0.5 percent (or $140) more than in 2016.