2017 Toyota Highlander Debuts in New York
This morning, Toyota unveiled the all-new 2017 Toyota Highlander at the New York International Auto Show. And as stunning as it looks, it seems somewhat familiar. Oh yeah, that’s because Toyota leaked its own stock images of the Highlander more than a week ago, with pretty detailed specs to boot. Can you say “anticlimactic”? (That’s actually a difficult word to pronounce; don’t beat yourself up if you can’t.)
Key updates for the third-gen Highlander include a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 3.5-liter direct injection V8 engine that simultaneously augments horsepower ratings and improves fuel economy, though Toyota hasn’t released any figures for those yet.
Customers will also be able to opt for a new Stop and Start (S&S, which sounds like an off-brand M&M) engine system. Like similar systems offered by other automakers, the system shuts off the engine at complete stops and restarts instantaneously when the pressure is released from the brake pedal.
For the 2017 Highlander, Toyota’s Safety Sense P package is standard. The package includes multiple features for accident prevention, including a Pre-Collision System (with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake), Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and a Pedestrian Pre-Collision System.
Customers will be faced with new choices for the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The gasoline-powered model is now offered with a new sporty SE model, which exclusively gets the new color offering featured in images here, Salsa Red Pearl. Two other new colors this year include Toasted Walnut Pearl and Celestial Silver Metallic. The SE model sits on 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, gets a dark paint treatment on the front grille, and a tuned suspension; on the inside, the SE trim gets a black front tray, matching dash and door inserts, and unique black leather-trimmed seats that feature silver stitching and pattern seat inserts.
On the Highlander Hybrid model, customers will be faced with two new trims as well, LE and XLE.
The 2017 Highlander mid-size three-row SUV will hit dealerships in the fall of this year.
Gallery: 2017 Toyota Highlander Photos
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- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.