2016 Toyota Highlander Review
A somewhat sharper appearance, an improved set of safety features, and a brand new sporty SE model highlight the changes Toyota is ushering in for its ample crossover utility vehicle, the 2017 Highlander.
2016 Toyota Highlander Redesign
It goes for an actual middle-of-the-road position among three-row utility vehicles as a version that appears a bit more robust and truck-impacted than many of its peers on the exterior, yet stands as an entirely carlike, family-friendly minivan option when you have a look at it in the inside out.
2016 Toyota Highlander Exterior
In front, the 2017 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid get a brand new grille design (upper and lower), plus distinct grille finishes and headlight casing layouts for each standard. Top Small and Limited Platinum versions include painted-chrome details, but others get a silver-painted appearance. And Limited and Platinum models get a chrome trim garnish in a back.
2016 Toyota Highlander Interior
Cosmetically, the interiors changed very little, although there’s a new brown leather topic for the Limited Platinum model. The Highlander continues to offer two different layouts. Most models offer second-row bench seats that allow as much as eight people in all; or in top Limited and Limited Platinum mark you may also pick second-row captain’s chairs and seating for seven. The latter layout may prove the preferred layout for empty nesters who desire to road trip with other couples, or for those that desire to allow easier access to the third row. The second-row bench seat does slide to improve access to the reclining third-row seat, which has 4.3 inches more width for better comfort but a dearth of headroom. The third-row seat is handy to have, but it stays quite small in all respects. For 2017, the Highlander now gets four more USB ports, for a total of five.
2016 Toyota Highlander Engine
Most 2017 Highlander versions will be powered by a revised, direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6, which we expect here to produce not quite as much as the 300 hp in the Lexus RX 350 but as much or more than the 278 hp rating of the Tacoma pick-ups new 3.5-liter. These models get a new eight-speed automatic transmission that’s an expanded torque converter lockup range and what Toyota describes as a more direct driving feel. We expect this new powertrain blend might increase EPA fuel economy numbers somewhat.
Base Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE models, in front-wheel-drive form, are instead powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission blend that is unlikely to return much better real world mileage than the V-6 as its harder-pressed.
Meanwhile, all V6 models (except for the LE 4×4) will come with engine stop-start, letting the engine be shut off during traffic light idling and automatically restarted with a lift off the brake pedal.
2016 Toyota Highlander Trim
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid will be offered in an increased array of trim levels. While non-hybrid variants are offered in LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum guides each with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which Toyota calls out at 4×2 and 4×4, respectively Highlander Hybrid is now able to be had in LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum models. We do anticipate some attribute changes versus 2016, but the Highlander should remain a terrific value. While the LE and LE Plus versions are priced attractively, we tend to contemplate the XLE the sweet spot of the lineup because of its leather heated seats, push button start, and upgraded infotainment.
2016 Toyota Highlander Video
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