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The Highlander Gets More Pep and Additional Hybrid Trims for 2017

(Credit: © Toyota)

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The Highlander Gets More Pep and Additional Hybrid Trims for 2017

2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander (Credit: © Toyota)

The Toyota Highlander was certainly due for an update and the manufacturer will do just that for the 2017 model year.

The changes aren’t enough to call this a redesign, but they are certainly noticeable. Up front, the mods include thinner and longer headlights, a new nose with distinct upper and lower grille sections separated by a body-color strip, and new fog light surrounds. Other new features include more distinguished chrome grille and headlight bezels on the Limited and Platinum trims. Around back, the taillights get a light restyle, but the rest remains business as usual.

The cabin’s updates are a little more subtle. They include a new brown leather option on the Limited and Platinum trims, and four additional USB ports bringing the total to five ports in the model.

2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander (Credit: © Toyota)

Toyota also added a new, sportier SE trim level. This new trim gains 19-inch aluminum wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, dark-painted front grille, headlight bezels and roof rails, black-leather seats, silver accent stitching, patterned seat inserts, and a black front tray, dash inserts and door inserts.

The 2017 Highlander will also see a new, more potent version of the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Unfortunately, Toyota didn’t elaborate on its output, but it did mention that this engine gains direct injection and stop/start technology to increase fuel economy and that it mates to a new eight-speed auto as standard. The four-cylinder model will remain mechanically unchanged while the hybrid will gain the new V-6 and two new trims: LE and XLE.

Full details will be available during its March 23rd debut at the New York Auto Show.

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