The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a well-rounded family SUV. The hybrid has undergone some mechanical changes giving it enhanced fuel efficiency and more horsepower. Toyota now offers less-expensive trims for the hybrid model. The interior and exterior have been modified giving the car sportier experience. The major rivals are Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Santa Fe.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
It is available in four trim levels which include XLE, Limited, LE and Limited Platinum. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has been modified where the front fascia, grille and headlights have been redesigned to give the car a sporty look. To amplify the signature look of the car, the headlights now have a dark-black accent.
In addition, the new model now features new LED tailgate lights. In addition, it is fitted with 19 inches allow wheels which give the hybrid a touch of sophistication. The front bumper has also been lowered. Further, it has a state of the art panoramic moonroof hence passengers can enjoy the sky as they take the ride.
The SUV has equipped with high-tech features thanks to brilliant Toyota engineers. It comes with 3 rows of leather seats that are power-adjustable and heated offering a comfortable ride. It has a sitting capacity of 8 passengers. The head and leg room are well spaced. The back row seats have 60/40 split and can be reclined which offers 84 cubic feet of cargo space hence the car does not waste space.
The hybrids interior is well insulated keeping the car quiet.In addition, the windshield is made of acoustic glass giving the passengers a quiet ride. Also, the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes with driving assistant features to include lane keeping assist, forward collision control, pedestrian detector, adaptive cruise control, telescopic steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear camera and automatic high beams. The camera system gives the car an eye bird’s view.
Entertainment features include a six-speaker audio system with smart phone integration. In addition, there are five USB ports where 3 USB ports are at the front and 2 USB ports are at the back for the passengers. The dashboard is fitted with an 8-inch LCD display.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid -Engine and Performance
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors to produce 280 hp. This offers a superior fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and a combined 28 mpg. The rear axle is electric powered. When you compare with the non-hybrid, the EPA fuel economy stands at 20 in the city and 24 on the highway.
The hybrid comes with the standard all-wheel drive system. Toyota engineers have rated the SUV as a low emission vehicle. Further, instant torque is delivered to the rear wheels to give more traction thanks to the electric motors. It has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds. On the other hand, it has a good off-road perfection.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Price and Release Date
In conclusion, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2017 is available in the dealerships. The retail price is approximate $ $47,880 which is $5,600 more than the non-hybrid.