Since the production of the first of its kind over a decade ago, the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has grown to become one of the best-selling mid-size SUV by Toyota. The 2017 Hybrid will be offered in three models namely the Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE and the Hybrid Limited. All will have major similarities with custom features in the latter two. Here is what to expect from this magnificent mid-size SUV.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid features a completely new body look which gives it an edge over most of the competitors in its category. From the front, it comes with a new design front grille. And a pair of LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). This gives it an aggressive and equally attractive look.
From the side, this four-door, hatchback machine measures 191 in long, 75 in wide and 68 in high and weighs just 4134 lbs. It will come as a front wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle that will ride on 19’multi-spoke alloy wheels. The Limited model will have a 5 spoke dark chrome alloy wheels.
From the rear, the Highlander comes with a set of LED rear lights and a huge attractive rear bumper. It also comes with a power tilt/slide moonroof that comes with sunshade and jam protection.
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid may look appealing from the outside. But the interior features are equally impressive. It comes with a spacious all leather interior with enough space to accommodate 7-8 passengers including up to 15 cubic feet cargo space. The cargo space can double up with the third-row seats folded down.
The interior is built with silencing insulation materials that make the cabin very quiet and comfortable. On the dash-board, it comes with a 4.2 in LCD screen and an array of noticeable controls and buttons. It also offers up to five USB ports with two in the rear to keep everyone entertained. It also comes with automatic climate control, excellent display and driver’s voice amplification.
The safety features on the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid include Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). Also, the Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear parking assist sonar.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes with two engine options, a DOHC 16-valve, 2.7-liter engine with 184 lb·ft of torque a. And capable of emitting up to 185 hp, and a DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 engine with 215 lb·ft of torque capable of an output of 295 hp. The earlier comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission whereas the latter comes with an 8-speed auto/manual transmission.
With Sport-tuned independent MacPherson strut front suspension, the Highlander has impressive handling. And control making the drive comfortable even on rough terrain. With Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) technology, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2017 offers the best fuel consumption options for an SUV. Also, it will only consume between 28-30 mpg in the city and 20-24 mpg on the highway. It will be capable of 0-60 mph in just 7 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 115 mph. It also offers towing capabilities and can tow up to 5000 lbs of towing cargo.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
It is anticipated that the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will hit dealerships in the last quarter of 2016, probably in November or December. Also, the price tag will differ on the three Hybrid models with the Hybrid LE costing around $37,210, the Hybrid XLE $42,270 and the Hybrid Limited $48,820.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is undoubtedly an SUV vehicle to look out for. With the complete make-over on its exterior and an enhanced performance. In conclusion, it will be capable of competing fairly with other rival competitors like the Mazda CX-9 and the Hyundai Santa Fe.