2017 Toyota Highlander Buyer's Guide

Who Knew Practical and Safe Could Look so Good?

Roomy, comfortable, thoughtfully designed and stylish, the Toyota Highlander continues to be a segment benchmark highly regarded for its reliability and resale value. The third-generation Highlander offers seating for eight and a wide variety of family-friendly features, plus a choice of two fuel-efficient gasoline engines and a hybrid model. For 2017, there's a new sportier SE model, Toyota has added a suite of safety features as standard equipment, and the Highlander's 3.5-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission are all-new. This engine has more horsepower and torque, and gives the Highlander better fuel economy. For buyers in search of a hassle-free 3-row people mover in the form of a midsize SUV, the Toyota Highlander remains a must-see.

Driving It

"Around town or on the highway, the suspension is set up to be smooth and creamy; if you're hoping for a sharp-handling midsize SUV, you've come to the wrong place. Truth is, most people want that comfortable ride, and they'll be perfectly happy with the Highlander's blend of control and smoothness, even in the 'sporty' new SE model." Get more driving impressions in our 2017 Toyota Highlander review.

Cool Features

The Highlander has unique features like its in-dash shelf and Driver Easy Speak. The in-dash shelf comes exactly as advertised and can hold the usual smartphone, keys and wallet without issue. The shelf stretches from the driver's right knee all the way to the passenger's side door. Driver Easy Speak (DES) uses the integrated microphone to amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers, making it easy to converse with passengers in the way-back without having to take your eyes off the road.

Ask the Owners

Highlander owner HipCheck has this to say: "This SUV seemingly has it all: AWD, great reliability and styling, seating up to 7, a great Nav unit and controls. It should be runaway winner. It's not though. I miss the driving experience of my 2009 MDX and the road feel I was accustomed to. The Toyota steering is so far removed from road feel, it reminds me of the '76 Buick I took my driver's test in." Read more Toyota Highlander consumer reviews here.

Build and Price

The 2017 Toyota Highlander starts at just over $31,000 and can climb to just north of $49,000 for the top-tier Limited Platinum Hybrid trim. Build and price your own Toyota Highlander to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more. For 2017, the Highlander is projected to offer above-average resale values.

Other Midsize SUVs

The 2017 Toyota Highlander should be on the short list of every midsize SUV shopper, but check out our Midsize SUV Buyer’s Guide for the best view of all your choices. 

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