The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is one of the safest available SUV's on the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a five-star rating. And the Highlander is a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It got some exciting upgrades to the exterior and under the hood and has plenty of room for people and cargo. Find out what you need to know about this hybrid SUV before you take it for a test drive.
Is the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid expensive?
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid is well within the average price range for a hybrid SUV. Starting prices range from $36,270 to $44,760, depending on which model you choose.
Does the Highlander Hybrid get better mileage than the Highlander?
It does, but not a whole lot better. The non-hybrid Highlander gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Hybrid Highlander gets 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That's not a typo. The Hybrid actually gets better mileage in the city. So, if you do most of your driving in the city, the Hybrid would definitely be the better Highlander option for you.
How many 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid models are there?
There are three different Highlander Hybrid models available. The least expensive model is the Hybrid LE. It starts at $36,270. The next step up is the Hybrid XLE, which starts at $41,330. The most expensive Highlander Hybrid is the Limited model. Its base price is $44,760. These prices are about $3,000 to $6,000 more than the non-hybrid Toyota Highlander.
Are there any new features on the 2017 Highlander Hybrid?
Yes. The exterior has been updated with a new, bold-looking grille and LED taillights. You can also get LED daytime running lights. The gas-powered engine is new this year, too.
What kind of engine does the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid have?
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid actually has two engines ??? a gas-powered engine and an electric motor. The gas engine is a direct-injected, 3.5-liter V-6 which produces 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. It drives the front wheels on this all-wheel-drive SUV. The electric motor drives the rear axle, producing 68 hp.
How many people can comfortably ride in the Highlander Hybrid?
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid LE and XLE seat eight people. The Hybrid Limited only seats seven with second-row captain's chairs.
Is there plenty of cargo space in the 2017 Highlander Hybrid?
Yes, it does. There is 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats. The 60/40 split third-row seat folds down to give you 42.3 cubic feet of cargo space. If you fold down the second and third-row seats, you get a total of 83.7 cubic feet of area to transport whatever you need to. The Highlander also comes with four cargo tie-down hooks and cargo area lights.
Does the 2017 Highlander Hybrid have a good infotainment system?
Toyota equips the 2017 Highlander Hybrid with their Entune audio system. The LE model comes standard with the Entune Multimedia Bundle, which includes a 6.1" high-resolution touchscreen, AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3/WMA playback and six speakers. It also comes with a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability, Bluetooth music streaming, Siri Eyes Free and Intelligent Touch controls.
The Hybrid XLE comes standard with the Entune Premium Audio system with an Integrated Navigation system and App Suite. It has an 8" high-resolution touch-screen and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Hybrid Limited comes equipped with the Entune Premium JBL Audio system. It has all of the XLE features along with 12 JBL GreenEdge speakers. A rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system with a 9" display screen is an available option in the XLE and Limited models.
How good is the 2017 Highlander Hybrid's interior heating and cooling system?
The Highlander Hybrid LE comes with front and rear air conditioning/heating along with an air filter and vents in the second and third rows. The XLE and Limited models come with a three-zone automatic climate control with an air filter and a separate control panel for the second row of seats. They also have individual temperature settings for the driver and front passenger as well as the second and third row of seats. There are vents for the second row and third row of seats, too.