Look around Florida in the near future, and you will notice a new Toyota Highlander on the road. Families across the country love the current 2016 version, but the 2017 model will be even better and more appealing. Toyota will be adding a new trim level to the lineup and updating the engine along with some other minor tweaks.
Toyota Highlander 3 Powertrain Choices
The 2017 Highlander will give you the option of three different powertrains to pick from. The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine will only be available with front-wheel drive while the V6 engine will offer either front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The Highlander Hybrid with its gas-electric hybrid engine will still be available, as well.
While those look similar to the current Highlander engines, the V6 is actually completely new. The old one was a 3.5-liter 2GR-FE while the new one is a 2GR-FKS with port and direct injection and increased efficiency. You should expect this engine to generate more than the current V6’s 270 horsepower. The new V6 also gets an 8-speed automatic transmission instead of the previous 6-speed that still remains with the 4-cylinder engine. Nearly every model will see a boost in fuel economy regardless of the engine thanks to the new automatic stop-start system.
Toyota Highlander Enhanced Technology
Across the 2017 Highlander lineup, more technology features come as standard. The standard safety equipment includes automatic pre-collision braking, forward-collision warning featuring pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The XLE trim and up will have the blind spot warning system, and the Limited Platinum trim will also have a 360-degree-view monitor. Non-safety technology is also enhanced, with all models getting five USB ports.
Toyota Highlander New Trims
Whether you pick the gas Highlander or the Highlander Hybrid, you will have more trim options than the current model year. The 2017 Highlander Hybrid will be available as an LE, XLE, Limited, or Limited Platinum trim. For the 2016 model year, only the last two were available. Non-hybrid Highlanders will also be available with the new SE trim for a sporty feel. This trim has a dark-silver grille plus headlamp surrounds to match unique 19-inch wheels, the Salsa Red Pearl exterior, and dark-silver roof rails. The black leather seats features silver contrast stitching.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander should arrive at Venice Toyota at some point this fall. Visit our dealership today to learn more or sign up to become one of the first Venice, Florida, residents to own the updated family-friendly SUV.