While folding the seats is relatively easy, there is no power folding and there are no handy folding levers at the rear hatch, like the previous Highlander. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid remains the only three-row hybrid crossover utility vehicle sold in the U.S. today. The Navigation and Infotainment system are more intuitive and easier to use than most others I’ve seen in the last year. Visibility is better than average also, at least with the rear head restraints down. That shouldn’t be difficult to match with a few changes to your driving habits. Even so, it’s pretty quiet overall and offers a smooth ride as well.
You use the most fuel when the gas engine is warming up, especially when it’s cold. Retrieved 2014-11-23. ^ U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy (2014-11-21). «Compare Side-by-Side — 2012/2013/2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid». Fueleconomy.gov. Emergency handling won’t remind you of a sedan, but it’s still acceptable for its class. The 2016 Highlander starts at $31,430 for the base LE four-cylinder and rises to $44,470 for the Limited Platinum V-6; hybrid models currently cost about $7000 more than their V-6 counterparts.
This effect is most noticeable when turning the climate control (heater) off when the car is stopped with the engine running. You also won’t be a moving road block like some extreme hypermilers that you may see on the roads. The lack of those features were among my main concerns in the previous version and all those I tested worked as expected. It’s a shame that Toyota didn’t include more of these features standard or at least optional on lower trim levels. Blind-spot monitoring comes on all but the base LE. Better Six The other news for the 2017 Highlander involves its engine, Toyota’s port-and-direct-injected V-6—known by engine-code geeks as 2GR-FKS. It brings an extra helping of horsepower and improved fuel economy to both V-6 and hybrid models. This restriction affects a few other new Toyotas as well, so check your owner’s manual for details.