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2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota Highlander Comparison Highlights New Changes

Compare 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Toyota Highlander

Trying to find the car, truck or crossover that best fits your needs and lifestyle can be a real headache. Each trim level adds new technology, new features, new style cues and on top of that, models change from year to year. If you have been considering the family-friendly 2016 Toyota Highlander as your next vehicle, you may want to explore your options.

With the upcoming debut of the refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander, there is another new and improved option on the horizon. Compare the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Toyota Highlander right here at Gale Toyota to see the changes for the new model year.

What’s Under the Hood of the 2017 Toyota Highlander?

Current Toyota Highlander models are popular among car shoppers in part, because of a diverse engine lineup. Standard models employ a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that will remain unchanged for the 2017 model year and the Highlander Hybrid is a fan favorite that needs no updates. If you opt for the V-6-powered 2017 Toyota Highlander, however, you will discover multiple changes that will deliver a thrilling performance.

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Direct injection is a new element integrated into the refined 3.5-liter V-6 engine that promises to improve both power output and fuel-economy ratings. Paired with an all-new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission, you are sure to experience an athletic drive and benefit from exceptional efficiency numbers. Your miles per gallon will be improved even further by the addition of a Stop and Start Engine System,which will be standard on most trim levels.

Expanded Toyota Highlander Trim Lineup

It is important to us here at Gale Toyota, that you find a new model that best fits your needs and lifestyle and Toyota designers tend to agree. An expanded Toyota Highlander trim lineup now offers six well-equipped trim levels for you to choose from, including the all-new and athletic Toyota Highlander SE trim level. Don’t feel left out if you choose the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which is now available in four trim levels, adding more affordable LE and XLE trim levels to the luxurious Limited and Platinum grades.

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New Toyota Highlander Design and Style Elements

With the new model year comes a refreshed design that is more athletic than ever. Characterized by a new front end, the 2017 Toyota Highlander will definitely turn some heads as you drive by. New upper and lower grill designs highlight the new style and feature new finishes based on which trim level you select. Standard LE, LE Plus and XLE trim levels will employ an eye-catching silver painted finish while Limited and Platinum trim levels incorporate an exclusive chrome painted finish into the design. Should you choose the Highlander SE trim level, a dark painted finish and sport-tuned suspension system set the new trim apart. Upgraded taillights add to the new Toyota Highlander design as well.

Improved Toyota Highlander Safety Technology

Last but not least, the 2017 Toyota Highlander takes strides towards improved safety with an arsenal of innovative safety technology. The Toyota Safety Sense P package will now be incorporated into the Highlander design, adding a Pre-Collision System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High beams, a Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Another element that will improve safety is the available Bird’s Eye View Camera system that utilizes a panoramic,360-degree camera view to show your surroundings.

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As you can see, many new elements have gone into the design of the 2017 Toyota Highlander. If you are considering a new Toyota Highlander as your next vehicle, you may want to compare the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Toyota Highlander to see which edition will best fit your needs. Due to hit the Gale Toyota showroom floor later this fall, you may not be able to wait for the 2017 Toyota Highlander to be released. If that is the case, the Gale Toyota inventory has something for everyone including the class-leading 2016 Toyota Highlander.