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2017 Toyota Highlander SE | Snowy Road Test & Review



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Since it’s North American introduction in 2001, the Highlander has been a major hit for Toyota’s SUV lineup. With an excellent combination of ride & handling, style and comfort it’s easy to see why this midsize crossover won over the hearts of so many. But how about now, some 16 years later? In a sea of available crossovers can the Highlander still win over the hearts of shoppers?

Introduced in 2014 completely redesigned, Toyota saw it fit to give the Highlander some new duds just three years later. More than just appearances were changed however. Under the hood is a new V6 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission – what a refresh!

The two combine to make for one zippy people hauler. Boasting 295hp & 263 lb.-ft. of torque never will you need to worry about hill climbing power or passing on a twisty two lane. Need to hitch up the camper or tow the boat? The highlander has your back with its ability to pull 5,000lbs. when properly equipped.

So the outside is handsome as ever, the muscle robust and fuel economy top notch. How does the interior stack up? in a word; well. With available aids such as Driver Easy Speak to help reduce the excuses of your kids not hearing you say “Stop that!”, Navigation to get you where you need and Siri Eyes Free to keep your hands on the wheel nothing can stop you know. Need to pick up the neighbors kids on the way to soccer practice? No sweat with room for up to 8 passengers.

Safety is of top priority at Toyota and they don’t disappoint with the Highlander. Included now on every 2017 is TSS-P including but not limited to Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Auto High Beams, Lane Departure Assist, Radar Cruise Control and more. A backup camera is standard too.

With six gas trim levels and four Hybrid trim levels, it’s not hard to see that once again the Toyota Highlander will continue to win over the hearts of shoppers for years to come.

Grappone Toyota is located in Bow, NH just south of Concord and only 20 minutes from Manchester. Conveniently located at the intersection of I89/I93 – come see why we are Driven to Amaze!

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  1. Great review! Thanks
    Can you comment on AWD performance on snowy/Icy roads? Did you feel confident driving at those speeds on highway(snow)? How do they compare to Honda AWD?

  2. A family member had an original 2001 Highlander Limited that gave out at 375k miles in 2015.  They purchased a new one at the end of 2015 and love it.  I like that the Toyota Safety Sense is now standard equipment for 2017.  Thanks for the great review!

  3. Great review. Learned a lot the differences between XLE and SE. Nice job. Already had a 2017 Prius 3 Touring, love the hybrid system, still looking forward to driving a SE Hybrid.

  4. I have narrowed it down to 2017 CR-V vs 2017 Highlander for my next purchase. The 2 most important things for me are ride(how good it soaks up bumps) and interior noise level. I was bit disappointed when I test drove the new CR-V in those aspects(may be it was my perception and expectations)
    Is highlander quieter and ride better than CR-V given the added weight and size?I was thinking it may also give that "solid sturdy feel" on highway cruising compared to CR-V. Your opinion as you have done reviews on both?
    Thank again!

  5. can you guys do a comparison with the sequoia and highlander i would like to see the difference between them i noticed you guys do not have review on the sequoia

  6. Great review! Do you know the distance between the back of drivers seat and inside of the tailgate with the 2nd and 3rd rows folded down? I'm really interested in the XLE model.

  7. Man…if they only made this SE with a bench sit on the 2nd row as an option, I'd be sold… plz toyota offer it for the 2018 model…. Great Review btw!??

  8. After searching for a few weeks, I finally found this review. I wanted to see the depth and how spacious the 3rd row seats are and finally am able to see it, thanks to you. Thank you so much!

  9. Consistently great videos from Grappone. Thank you for the commentary and the thoughtful review of the vehicles. Too many car reviews on you tube take too long going over useless tidbits of information. This guy consistently does great reviews, much appreciated.

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