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If you can choose only one three-row crossover vehicle, it's easy to make a case that it should be the 2017 Toyota Highlander. It might not be quite as large as its biggest rivals, but it's a good size. The third-row seats, however, might be fine for children but aren't suited to regularly transport adults. That's about the only complaint we can level at the 2017 Highlander, because the rest of the offering from Toyota is so appealing. Key to its allure is the optional V6 engine, and for 2017 Toyota improved it with an increased 295-hp output and paired it with an eight-speed automatic transmission that helps with EPA-estimated fuel economy. The base four-cylinder 2.7-liter engine is capable, providing 184 hp, but that V6 is worth the extra cost. Both come with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive offered as an optional.
There's also a Hybrid model in the mix; it mates a V6 to electric motors and comes with a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive as standard. The Hybrid offers significant EPA-estimated gains, but typically costs more than standard models with equivalent mileage. Hybrid buyers also have to make do with seven seats and four trim choices—LE, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum—and a lower towing capacity. The lineup for the regular Highlander is LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. For 2017, the cabin adds four more USB ports. Among the trims, the XLE hits a smart balance of pricing to equipment. It comes with leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument panel, heated and power-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition and entry, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert added to the standard driver aids. The XLE also uses that appealing V6. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is a family hauler that's difficult to find fault with, and if you need its space and capability, it's a real contender for top honors among rivals.
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You'll love the smartly designed storage areas in the 2017 Toyota Highlander. A built-in shelf on the dashboard serves as a flat plane on which to place a phone or other small item. Under the sliding armrest cover, you'll find even more space—enough to accommodate a tablet, laptop, or tote-sized purse. And, of course, you'll also have room behind the third row (13.8 cu-ft) where you can easily stow a golf bag or three.
Driving the 2017 Toyota Highlander is peaceful, even with the power of the optional V6 engine under the hood. Toyota cleverly uses insulation in key points of the Highlander to distribute vibration and noise, which makes a difference when you're trying to talk to your passengers. In the upper trims (XLE, SE, and Limited), you'll even get the Driver Easy Speak® feature, which amplifies your voice toward the back so you can keep your eyes ahead, speak normally, and be heard.
In the base model of the 2017 Highlander, you'll get a capable 185-hp 2.7L four-cylinder engine and FWD as standard. Every other trim, from the LE Plus to the Limited, includes the upgraded 295-hp V6 engine. Hybrid models build on that by adding three electric motors to the six-cylinder powerplant. No matter which one you choose, you'll love that the Highlander gets up to speed quickly on the highway and is a pleasure to drive.
A new fascia adorns the front of the 2017 Toyota Highlander, sportier and spiffier than the year before. Sleek LED taillights are standard, and the back end is well planted. Inside, the Highlander includes soft-touch materials and a classic design you'll enjoy for years to come.
For model year 2017, the Highlander has five USB ports—three in front and two in the second row. There's a standard backup camera, a 4.2-inch color LCD multi-information display, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Toyota's driver-assistance suite, and more. On the LE Plus and higher trims, an eight-inch touchscreen is included. Also standard on all trims are automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.
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Includes five USB ports, second- and third-row 60/40 split, LED taillights, six-way adjustable driver's seat, windshield wiper defroster, and more.
Adds stop and start engine system, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, upgraded cloth seats with contrast stitching, flip-up rear hatch window, and more.
Adds power moonroof, roof rails, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, second-row retractable sunscreens, and more.
Adds projector-beam halogen dark-black-accent headlights w/LED daytime running lights, black leather trimmed seats, blue LED ambient lighting, and more.
Unlocks rear parking assist sonar, perforated vented and heated leather seats, rear cargo tonneau cover, 19-inch alloy wheels, and more.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 2.7L four-cylinder engine and FWD; AWD is optional. 2017 Highlanders with the V6 engine come standard with AWD.
The Toyota Highlander did not change from model year 2017 to 2018.
Yes, all Highlanders have three rows.
Yes, you can remove the middle seat of a Toyota Highlander.
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The 2017 Toyota Highlander has room for seven or eight people, depending on whether you shop for a model with captain's chairs or a bench seat for the middle row. With several flexible seating options and 60/40 splits, the Highlander has enough room to keep everyone happy. When you're out grocery shopping, the 2017 Highlander liftgate opens to reveal 13.8 cubic feet even if all the seats are upright, or you can fold down the third row and give your pets a roomy place to ride.
For 2017, the Toyota Highlander seats up to eight and can fit two car seats in the second row with captain's chairs or a bench; in the third row, two sets of anchors are available for car seats. This includes a combination of LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. With smart placement of anchor points and seating options, the 2017 Toyota Highlander can make it easier to buckle in infants and small children.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander base model is powered by a 2.7L four-cylinder engine that produces 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. An upgraded 295-hp 3.5L V6 engine making 263 lb-ft of torque is standard on all other trims and is an option for the base LE. With the base engine, power comes from a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. You can choose between AWD or FWD with the V6, and power is driven through an eight-speed transmission.
Models with FWD and the 2.7L four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined; those with the V6 and FWD get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined; and those with the V6 and AWD get an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.
With the 3.5L V6 engine, the 2017 Toyota Highlander can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs when properly equipped.
2013 Toyota Highlander (Second Generation)
Offered in base, Plus, SE, and Limited trim levels, the 2013 Toyota Highlander seats seven. The base model comes with a 187-hp 2.7L inline-four engine, and power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. You can opt for a 3.5L V6 engine for 270 hp; AWD is also an option.
2014-2019 Toyota Highlander (Third Generation)
In 2016, Toyota added a new standard towing package that gives any model with the V6 engine the option to tow an estimated 5,000 lbs, when properly equipped.2 For model year 2019, Toyota gave the Highlander a few exterior aesthetic adjustments, too.
2020-present Toyota Highlander (Fourth Generation)
Fully redesigned for 2020, the Highlander adds more cargo space in the back (from 13.8 cu-ft in the 2019 model to 16 cu-ft in the 2020 model) for your gear. Want to toss a bike in there? You certainly could. Band instruments? No problem. Also, Toyota dropped the inline-four engine and now equips all Highlanders with a V6.