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2017 Toyota Highlander

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2017 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander highlights

Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • Standard driver assistance aids across the range
  • New V6 engine offers better performance and EPA estimates


  • Some rivals offer more spacious third-row seating
  • Touchscreen and stereo controls are a bit of a stretch from the driver's seat

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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The 2017 Toyota Highlander adds a new, more powerful V6 choice

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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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

9 customer reviews
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3 Stars1
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RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Toyota Highlander an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Highlander 3rd out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Toyota Highlander details

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type


Drive type





295 @ 6600


263 @ 4700

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.