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.
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.