Toyota claims it sells about 10,000 of its successful Highlanders a month worldwide and would like to sell around 140,000 units a year. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has been designed with three rows of seats which offer space for 7-8 passengers, which makes it an excellent people-mover for the price. Its power train mates an updated 3.5-liter V-6, a CVT, and three electric motors, including one that powers the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by the gas engine and an electric motor. Because of this unique layout, the family-friendly Highlander Hybrid is considered an all-wheel drive vehicle.
The Highlander Hybrid comes in 4 trims; LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. Edmunds reviews say about all Highlander choices: "Lexus-lite. The Highlander's seats, ride comfort and utterly silent atmosphere are nearly as good as those found in SUVs by corporate cousin Lexus. The Highlander's standard suite of accident avoidance tech is a big reason to consider this family crossover, especially if you don't have the money for a range-topping model. Infotainment tech is pleasantly easy to use."
Standard on all Highlanders are forward collision warning and automatic braking (including pedestrian detection), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and steering assist. Optional: Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Fuel efficiency has been measured at around 27-28/28 mpg city/highway. The Highlander Hybrid’s interior is considered a showcase of innovative storage solutions, including a dashboard with an integrated shelf that holds smaller items. The SUV earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The entire Highlander lineup comes standard with the Safety Sense bundle of advanced driver assistance technology, including forward collision prevention, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and pedestrian detection capability. Inside, the 2017 Highlander Limited Platinum will be available with a new brown leather interior option. Toyota has also added 4 more USB ports (5 total) for more mobile device charging.
The Hybrid Limited model starts at an MSRP of $47,870.
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