2017 Toyota Highlander SUV
- Just-right exterior and interior size for many families
- Standard high-tech safety features
- Strong V6 engine with improved fuel economy
- Quiet and compliant ride
- Undesirable base four-cylinder engine
- Touchscreen and other controls may require an extra-long reach
- Third-row seat isn't as roomy as those of many competitors
2017 Toyota Highlander SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Highlander does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The well-rounded 2017 Toyota Highlander does just about everything you're probably looking for in a three-row family SUV. It's one of our top choices in a tough segment devoid of stinkers and should definitely be on your must-drive list.
The Highlander has a just-right size for many families. It's not too cumbersome to maneuver, yet its interior should offer more than enough space for growing broods. Its new V6 engine — standard on most trims — also impresses with capable acceleration and comparatively good fuel economy, while the driving experience strikes a good balance between comfort, isolation and driver feedback. You're also likely to appreciate the Highlander's well-made, versatile cabin, which gains an additional four USB ports for 2017 — your power-hungry kids will certainly approve. Then there's the newly standard Safety Sense package, with technologies such as autonomous braking to help avoid or mitigate collisions.
At the same time, with so many appealing three-row alternatives on the market, we highly recommend cross-shopping the Highlander with top competitors. The Toyota's many virtues — including its strong reliability reputation and resale value — may make it seem like a slam dunk, but this vehicle class is just too strong for a one-and-done shopping process. Try a few out and see which one feels best to you.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Highlander is a large three-row crossover SUV with seating for eight, but optional second-row captain's chairs reduce capacity to seven. There are LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels. The LE isn't a stripped-down model, but its standard four-cylinder engine is a bummer. The LE Plus has key upgrades such as the V6 engine (optional on LE), a power liftgate and tri-zone automatic climate control, while the XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum essentially slather on luxury feature content. The SE stands out with unique styling and sportier driving dynamics.
The base LE comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The 3.5-liter V6 that's standard on all other trims (295 hp, 263 lb-ft) is optional on the LE and comes paired with an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive can be added to the V6 as an option. Other standard feature content includes 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, the Toyota Safety Sense bundle (automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking), a rearview camera, rear air-conditioning, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split second-row seat (slides, reclines, folds), a 60/40-split third-row seat (reclines, folds), five USB ports, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The LE Plus adds a height-adjustable power liftgate, a flip-up rear window, foglights, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery and trim, an eight-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a higher-resolution 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, and a variety of smartphone-connection apps.
The XLE adds a sunroof, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, an upgraded instrument panel, leather upholstery (first and second rows), simulated leather third-row upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row window sunshades, Driver Easy Speak (carries the driver's voice through the rear speakers to distant passengers) and a navigation system.
The SE is equipped similarly to the XLE but has LED running lights, sport-themed styling elements and suspension tuning, 19-inch wheels and sporty interior trim.
The Limited starts with the XLE's content and adds LED running lights, different 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear cargo cover, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, second-row captain's chairs (optional on the XLE) and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.
The Limited Platinum gains a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, a 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors, Safety Connect emergency communications, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats.
The Limited and Limited Platinum can be optionally equipped with the second-row bench. A rear-seat entertainment system (9-inch display, DVD player, RCA jacks, wireless headphones) is optional on all but the LE and LE Plus.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE (3.5L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Highlander has received some revisions, including a new V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and additional feature content. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Highlander.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out4
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Highlander safety features:
- Forward Collision Warning/Auto-Brake
- Can detect and automatically brake for other cars and pedestrians.This standard feature is optional on its competitors.
- Lane Departure Alert and Steering Assist
- Helps keep you in your lane. Another typically optional feature that is standard.
- Driver Knee & Passenger Cushion Airbags
- Not every competitor has these extra airbags for front occupants. They are standard.
2017 Toyota Highlander SUV for Sale
This year marks the first major update for the Highlander since it was last redesigned in 2013. The 2017 Highlander introduces a series of upgrades that should help it maintain its strong competitiveness in a category that is one of the most active in the industry. Splitting the difference between a minivan and a station wagon, the Highlander continues to offer three rows of seating, plenty of cargo room and a choice between front- or all-wheel drive.
In all six of its available trim levels, the Highlander is a roomy and comfortable place to be. Its restyled front and rear ends haven't affected the rest of the package; it still offers your choice of two captain's chairs or a three-person bench seat in the second row. For 2017, its optional V6 has been reworked for more power and efficiency and is paired to a new transmission. The base four-cylinder engine and transmission carry over unchanged. Safety-conscious consumers will be pleased to know there's a suite of safety technologies included as standard equipment on all 2017 Highlanders.
We've been impressed by the Highlander, and the updates for 2017 will likely underscore its status as among the best three-row crossovers on the market. The competition continues to improve, however. The Honda Pilot was fully redesigned last year, with more refinement and a carlike driving character, while the gutsy Ford Explorer was also refreshed last year. Elsewhere, the aggressive and brawny Dodge Durango and affordable Hyundai Santa Fe offer undeniable appeal.
Performance and MPG
The base Highlander LE comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic, and we expect it will match the fuel economy of last year's model — an EPA-estimated22 mpg combined (20 city/25 highway).
A 3.5-liter V6 is optional on the LE and standard on all other trims. For 2017, this engine has been heavily revised for more power and efficiency. It's based on the revised V6 that was introduced in the Tacoma last year, and it will surpass the 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque of last year's Highlander V6. Furthermore, in all trim levels except LE, the new V6 will be equipped with a stop-start feature to save even more fuel. All V6 models also receive a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous six-speed gearbox. Front- or all-wheel drive is available (Limited Platinum comes with standard AWD). Fuel economy numbers haven't yet been released.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, a front passenger seat-cushion airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard.
All 2017 Highlanders are equipped with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise and automatic high beams.
In government crash testing, the Highlander received afive-star overall rating (out of a possible five), with four stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. During testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Highlander received thehighest possible rating of Good in all tests. Though these results are for the 2016 model, we expect the structurally identical 2017 Highlander to have similar results.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV, substantially updated from the previous year, maintains the model's tradition of providing a practical blend of comfort, space and reasonable drivability, while adding a bit more style and a host of new features. Untouched are many of the Highlander's strong suits, including a well-packaged interior, three-row seating, a generous cargo area and available all-wheel drive.
One of the biggest changes for the Highlander in 2017 is the availability of a new, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous six-speed. Another change this year is the addition of the SE model, which slots in just below the Limited trim level and features sportier suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels and unique exterior and interior trim.
The standard powerplant for the base LE trim remains the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In a vehicle that weighs at least 5665 pounds — depending on drivetrain and options — its performance can only be described as barely adequate. And to bring the Highlander up to par with its rivals, most of which come with a standard V6, the majority of buyers will likely order the optional six-cylinder engine.
A stylish new grille and front and rear lights headline the exterior changes for the Highlander in 2017, along with an overall more muscular look and several new color and finish choices. On-road performance continues to lean more toward comfort, rather than taut handling, although the Highlander remains competitive with its major rivals in this area. Buyers interested in improving handling a bit might want to test-drive the new SE model.
Inside is where the Highlander continues to excel. While not ultra-luxurious, the interior combines plenty of leg, head and shoulder room with updated materials and an abundance of clever storage solutions. And buyers are sure to appreciate the addition of a number of the latest advanced safety features and host of technology options.
The front-wheel drive 2017 Highlander with the four-cylinder engine is EPA rated at 22 mpg combined (20 city/24 highway). The FWD V6 gets a rating of 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) making it a logical choice, especially for those planning to use their Toyota SUV for family vacations.
The base LE trim comes well equipped with many attractive safety and convenience features. The LE Plus and XLE models up the standard features, while the new SE trim offers both additional standard goodies and a few sporty touches. At the top of the line sit the Limited and Limited Platinum versions, which provide considerably increased comfort and luxury. Let Edmunds help you find just the right 2017 Toyota Highlander to meet your needs.
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2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,955. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $200 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $200 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$48,755.
The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is0.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,444. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,076 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,076 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,368.
The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is9.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,224. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2,839 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,839 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,385.
The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is6.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,049. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2,369 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,369 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,680.
The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is6.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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