2017 Toyota Highlander V6 gets an eight-speed automatic image

The Japanese automaker likes to call its 2017 Highlander equipped with the 3.5 liter V6 as being new – but in reality the engine is pretty much the same as in the 2016 MY, save for the fact that now sends power to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.5 D-4S V6 has 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, so it’s now 25 horsepower and 15 lb-ft more powerful than the 2GR-FKS engine in the 2016 Toyota Highlander. The refreshed V6 gets Dual VVT-i technology, so it’s also used as the base for the Highlander Hybrid. New is the Direct Shift 8AT transmission which enables the Highlander to become more fuel efficient – the ratings sit at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway compared to the predecessor’s 18 mpg and 24 mpg. All versions get the stop/start system save for the entry LE trim.

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In addition, the 2017 Highlander Hybrid can be specified in the LE and XLE trims, while the cheapest 2017 Highlander money can buy is the LE 2WD 2.7 priced from $30,630. The top spec will set back buyers $47,880 when the new 2017 Highlander hits dealerships later this month. Among the highlights we can mention the Toyota Safety Sense P, 360-degree camera system, standard LED taillights, three new exterior colors (Celestial Silver Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl), and a total of five USB ports.