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2017 Toyota Highlander SE

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2017 Toyota Highlander SE

Test Drive

Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

The main attractive of this car is not luxury or elegant details, it is a car designed for drivers who want to have power and strong control of their SUV in all roads

2017 Toyota Highlander SE

V6 Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

7 seats


Hybrid 3.5-Liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle-capable engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) exhaust


Direct-Shift-8AT, 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode with Dynamic Rev Management, Snow Mode and uphill/downhill shift logic


185 hp @ 5800 rpm


184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

Fuel tank(gal.)


Fuel economy

21city/27 hwy Estimated MPG


The 2017 Toyota Highlander SE is a strong and powerful SUV made for all roads. It has a lot of nice features and  nice details in the interior, but the main attractive of this car is not luxury or elegant details, it is a car designed for drivers who want to have power and strong control of their SUV in all roads. As I drive the 2017 Highlander I feel the power, the solid and strong construction made by Toyota. This is a great automobile for those who like adventure, power, and need to drive into many type of roads, especially bad roads, mountains, farms, beach, anything that requires a lot of power. It also offers a lot of space as it can take up to 8 passengers.


Kiichiro Toyoda founded Toyota Motor Corporation and the automotive Toyota Group. The idea of his own business goes back to the time, when he used to assist his father’s carpentry business, and decided to find a way of improving the batten-equipped tall loom.

In 1890, Sakichi moved to Yokohama to apply a patent for his renewed hand loom design, traveling to the patent office in Tokyo to file the necessary application. It was a wooden handloom and the patent application was accepted in November that year, and was awarded patent No. 1195, “Loom”, the following year on May 14, 1891.
June 1933, he started to prepare for the new Automotive Production Division and sent his director to the U.S. and Europe to buy machine tools for automotive production that had been studied beforehand and concentrated his efforts on a design that used common parts, so that customers could use service parts for the Ford and Chevrolet vehicles that were prevalent in Japan at the time. The very first SB truck was launched in April 1947, small truck equipped with the S engine.

Up to present time, Toyota keep constantly searching for better decisions, improvements and details to make Toyota admires satisfied. Another proof is the new 2017 Toyota Highlander SE an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II), with permanent magnet synchronous motors drive front and rear wheels. It also impresses with Electric Power Steering (EPS); power-assisted rack-and-pinion and heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler, 200-watt fan coupling, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 150-amp alternator. Highlanders spacious interior provides much space to seat up to eight people, moreover, it has an available 5000-lb. towing capacity to accommodate everything you need for a long trip.



Prices and versions

The new 2017 Toyota Highlander Is available on 8 models, which mainly differ with engine and trim type.

Model Price
2017 Toyota Highlander SE $39,690

Base Price for this car is $39,690 + delivery charge


All-new Hybrid 3.5-Liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle-capable engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) exhaust is a brilliant duet of power and efficiency.

  • Horespower 185 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Torque184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm
  • Fuel tank(gal.) 19.2
  • Fuel economy 21city/27 hwy Estimated MPG


The 2017 Highlander is hardily stunning with aggressively styled exterior. A huge front grille, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and available dark-black-accent headlights can impress anyone with the first glance.

  • Projector-beam halogen dark-black-accent headlights w/LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and auto on/off feature
  • Headlight-integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • Integrated fog lights
  • LED taillights and stop lights
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal lights and blind spot warning indicators, and folding features
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade and jam protection
  • 19-in. multi-spoke machined alloy wheels with black finish and black center caps with P245/55R19 105S tires
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high-mount stop light
    Dark-painted roof rails
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers and intermittent rear wiper, windshield wiper de-icer
  • UV reduction glass on all windows


A high-class interior has enough space for up to eight, five USB ports for charging on the go, a ton of cargo space and other details to make any trip both comfortable and convenient:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control with air filter, separate second-row control panel, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, and second- and third-row vents
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • 2-in. color LCD Multi-Information Display
  • Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system with 9-in. display, RCA jacks, remote and two wireless headphones
  • Leather-trimmed front- and second-row seats; heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat including power thigh support and lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; second-row captain’s chairs with side table
  • Gated shift lever with silver metallic/leather-trimmed knob
  • Optitron instrumentation with blue-illuminated speedometer and tachometer/hybrid system power meter
  • Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with Push Button Start and remote keyless entry system with illuminated entry
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger auto up/down and jam protection
  • Power door locks with shift-linked automatic lock/unlock feature
  • Digital clock
  • Driver Easy Speak — driver voice amplification


Standard Toyota Safety Sense is a standard complex package of safety options, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), and other systems:

  • Star Safety System includes
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)
  • Smart Stop Technology(SST)
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning sensor
  • Stop and Start Engine System (S&S)
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Child-protector rear door locks



If you want to drive a powerful and large SUV with a price of less than $40,000, then the highlander is a great choice for you. It has space for 8 passengers, tons of power, you will be able to drive it on almost any road with confidence.

The 2017 Highlander was created to go to places. Especially it concerns big families, as this car has enough room up to 8 people. Plus, there is much additional space for luggage and everything you need for a long trip.

Speaking of advantages, the Highlander shows a perfect combination of comfort, powerful and efficient engine, moderate style and secure safety system.  Style and luxury is not the main attraction of the 2017 highlander but still it has a nice interior and design.

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Marco Carvajal has many years of experience in the editorial world, in the entertainment industry including events, cars, music and other fields. He also has wide experience in business, e-business and e-commerce. He is actively involved in the development of AutomotorPro.com and other affiliated car publications, from marketing and business management, to the editorial department as a contributing writer and editor for other writers. His passion for automobiles, travel and art, supports the development of AutomotorPro.com in an original and unique way, as a leader in the automobile editorial industry, nationwide in the United States and international territories. Marco graduated from the University of Miami, in addition to additional studies at other universities and institutions. In the field of business, he has created several enterprises and multinational projects related to publishing and entertainment. As a writer, the number one goal for Marco Carvajal is to be able to communicate clear information easy to understand for our subscribers, in an easy language, very detailed, about automobiles and lifestyle. He also likes to show a different perspective, with innovative style, about the information and characteristics of each car, mostly oriented to the daily life, about what each person may want learn about each car, thinking on the practical daily use of cars in real life. Marco Carvajal tiene muchísimos años de experiencia en el mundo editorial, en la industria del entretenimiento incluyendo eventos, autos, música y otros, así como gran experiencia en los negocios, e-business y e-commerce. Se envuelve activamente en el desarrollo de AutomotorPro.com, desde aspectos de mercadeo y manejo de negocios, hasta el departamento editorial donde también escribe y edita artículos de otros escritores. Su pasión por los autos, viajar y el arte, le ayudan a AutomotorPro.com a desarrollarse de una forma original y única, como un líder en la industria editorial automotriz a nivel nacional en Estados Unidos y otros territorios internacionales. Marco se graduó de la Universidad de Miami, además de haber realizado estudios y cursos en otras universidades e instituciones. En el área de negocio ha fundado varias empresas y creado varios proyectos multinacionales en el área editorial y del entretenimiento. Como escritor, la meta número uno de Marco Carvajal es lograr transmitir información sobre automóviles fácil de entender para los lectores, en un idioma sencillo, los más detallada posible. Además de lograr mostrar un lado diferente e innovador sobre la información y características de cada auto, principalmente orientado a lo cotidiano, a lo que cada persona puede aprender sobre cada automóvil, pensando en la vida diaria, en el uso de cada auto en la vida práctica.
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