2017 Toyota Highlander SE

Pros: Generously sized interior provides 8-passenger capacity and good cargo room behind the 3rd-row seats; quiet cabin; choice of smooth, economical hybrid powertrain; separate-opening liftgate glass is handy

Cons: Mediocre passing power with 4-cylinder engine; 3rd–row seating is tight for some adults; some audio controls are placed out of easy reach

CG Says: For 2017, Toyota Highlander’s V6 engine gets more horsepower. Power increases from 270 hp to 295 hp for non-hybrid models and Hybrid horsepower grows from 280 to 306. Most V6 models have automatic engine start/stop. The 6-speed automatic of the non-hybrid V6 models is replaced by a new 8-speed auto. Four-cylinder powertrains remain unchanged. There is a new sport-themed SE model and the Hybrid is now available in lower-priced LE and XLE trims. All Highlanders have revised styling. This midsize-SUV Best Buy boasts a long list of strong points, including excellent passenger room in the first and second rows, flexible cargo space, thoughtful small-items storage spaces, and high-quality interior materials. The available Entune infotainment system offers a broad array of up-to-the-minute connectivity features, and the optional Driver Easy Speak feature, which utilizes the vehicle’s speaker system so front-seat occupants can easily converse with occupants in the 3rd row, is a unique convenience. Highlander is competitive from a dynamic standpoint as well, offering a comfortable ride and decent maneuverability for its size and heft. As it has been for several years, the Highlander is a must-see vehicle in the midsize-SUV class.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7 or 8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture USA, Japan
Base Prices LE: $30,630
LE V6: $32,680
AWD LE V6: $34,140
LE Plus V6: $35,060
AWD LE Plus V6: $36,520
SE: $39,690
AWD SE: $41,150
XLE: $38,520
AWD XLE: $39,980
Limited: $41,680
AWD Limited: $43,140
Limited Platinum: $44,800
AWD Limited Platinum: $46,260
AWD Hybrid LE: $36,270
AWD Hybrid XLE: $41,330
AWD Hybrid Limited: $44,760
AWD Hybrid Limited Platinum: $47,880

Base Engine
2.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
295
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
306
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28