2017 Toyota Highlander
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Pros : More energy for both V-6 and hybrid, magnificent fuel economy, audacious naming
Cons : blunt four-cylinder base version, prepared body spin, mysterious restraint feel in the hybrid
Toyota brings to the organization usually satisfies the people. And the rested 2017 Highlander and Highlander hybrid are the dry poultry and pressed potatoes of the automotive world. For 2017, Toyota has increased a bit more preservative to the direction in the form of more mighty and businesslike V-6 and hybrid powertrains, along with updation in SUV styling and comes up with a brand-new variation in the form of the Highlander SE.
2017 Toyota Highlander involves port and direct injection fuel system V-6 known as 2GR-FKS, brings a more supporting of horsepower and better fuel economy to both V-6 and hybrid models. The V-6, now communal to hybrid and nonhybrid models, is able of running the Atkinson cycle, although the hybrid uses the more businesslike engine cycle more frequently. All make the same 295 horsepower at 6600 mph and 263 lb-ft of torque at 4700 mph, increases of 25 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque over the preceding V-6. The hybrid’s front and breed electric engines transport its whole system product to 306 horsepower, versus the preceding 280, the hybrid also available in Limited and Limited Platinum trims.
Fuel economy appraisals increase just as significantly. acknowledgments to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, the nonhybrid’s EPA municipality appraisals increase from 18 (AWD) and 19 mpg (FWD) to 19 and 21, and freeway figures increase by 2 mpg, to 26 and 27 for 2017. Hybrid, which act to use electronically commanded changeable ride ratios, now are evaluated at 30 mpg municipality and 28 freeway for LE models and 29/27 mpg for XLE cut stages and above. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder to produce 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque carries over idempotent with front-wheel ride only and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Highlander’s new style starts with a designed front extremity, with arranged light innards including arced LED pronunciations on SE, Limited and Limited Platinum and perhaps the beamy opening outside of a Peterbilt, comes with brand-new LED taillamps, while Limited and Platinum models increase chrome ringed devices to their glasses. The SE version looks more alarming with darkened body pronunciations for the opening, light surrounds, and roof rails, along with 19-inch wheels.
Indoor changes are less apparent. All models now have a 4.2-inch color display between the gauges as well as a slew of USB ports—three in front and two in back, enough to consume many smartphones and tablet phones. Limited Platinum models sport brand-new faux-wood cut, while SE models instead use pronunciations with an dark technical structure.
All models except for the SE now can be requested with eight-passenger chairing i.e. conveying a second-row seat, the SE must make do with seven rooms, its leather-covered captain’s seats adorned with a patterned object in the plates. At least as attention getting to the Highlander’s, we suspect, will be the standard furniture of the Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance features on all models. This includes adaptive cruise regulate, forward-collision informing with pedestrian detection and automated crisis stopping, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping support, and automatic high-beams. Blind-spot observing comes on all but the base LE.
Powering the 2017 Highlander isn’t much more thrilling than before. Acceleration is beefy if not swelling, appropriately fast for an eight-passenger car. The cathedral-grade silence that envelops the compartment when cruising productions to a somewhat coarse-grained, singer noise under full acceleration, as with the preceding V-6. In the hybrid, the engine seemed much peaceful during our short ride, and the stop/begin system that is now standard on all Highlanders is virtually invisible. Zigzagging anchorages will have the Highlander enumerating from side to side, although less so in the SE version with its immobile seasons and returned plates. Brakes on the nonhybrid models induce certainty, but the hybrid possessed the nonlinearity, as the energy-recuperation system transitions to automatic stopping along with displeasing torque steering.