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    The Toyota Highlander is easily one of the best SUVs on the market. It has already provided decent performance, quality construction and great features in the past, so one must wonder how it could possibly be improved upon. This year, the 2017 Toyota Highlander has made some major changes to its Highlander line-up that are sure to capture the attention of any existing Highlander driver, and newly interested drivers. For one, the Highlander offers a new engine option. Features such as Toyota Safety Sense are now standard, when previously only optional.If there has never been quite enough reason for you to choose the Highlander, this 2017 model may change that. If you are interested in the 2017 Toyota Highlander, read on to learn more.

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    What are the seats like?

    The base Toyota Highlander can seat up to 8 people, which is more than most SUVs. This is accomplished by bench seating in the 2nd and 3rd rows. Seats are spacious too, offering plenty of headroom and legroom. They can be reclined as well, for the comfort of passengers. Via three LATCH systems, the Highlander can accommodate up to 3 child car seats.

    What safety features are offered?

    Standard safety features include heated mirrors, and a number of safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and pedestrian detection. Some safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are not included with the base price.

    What is the Driver Easy Speak system?

    One of the coolest new things about the Highlander is the Driver Easy Speak system. The Driver Easy Speak system can be used by the driver to speak to passengers in the third row by amplifying the driver’s voice. So now you don't have to yell across the car to get the attention of the little ones in the back row.

    Are there other engine options?

    The standard, base Highlander engine may not be impressive most, but other engine options are guaranteed to. . While the base engine is decent, it’s the new V6 option that takes the cake. The new 3.5 liter V6 generates a whopping 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque which is superior to the 2016 V6 option, allowing for much improved acceleration. It also features an uncompromised, and even somewhat superior fuel economy, getting 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This V6 is paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission which is incredibly smooth.

    How much cargo space is there?

    Cargo space is always important, but especially if you are buying an SUV. The rear seats can be folded flat to provide up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a whole lot for a vehicle of its class.

    What features are offered?

    There’s no shortage of features when it comes to the Highlander. The Entune 6.1 inch infotainment system is standard and is relatively simple to operate. The Highlander also comes with five USB ports, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and Siri Eye Free support. Additionally, there are a number other optional features available as well, such as HD radio, a panoramic sunroof, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

    What base engine is featured?

    The base trim features a 185 horsepower, 2.7 liter I-4 engine and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission just as it was in 2016. On the plus side, it does provide the best fuel economy, getting 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

    Has the look changed?

    The 2017 Highlander has been somewhat redesigned to provide some stylistic updates that vastly improve the Highlander’s aesthetics. The vehicle looks a lot more like modern luxury SUV now, and far more sporty. The cabin itself is fairly luxurious, made up of quality materials. Optional are tan leather seats which look incredible. A dashboard mounted shelf comes standard and can be used for storage.