2017 Toyota Highlander Performance Capabilities

2017 Toyota Highlander

The 2017 Toyota Highlander isn’t just a practical choice for a large family crossover SUV—it’s also incredibly capable of handling all your demands behind the wheel. With available Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive and an all-new 3.5L V6 engine with direct-injection and a new Stop and Start Engine System (S&S), you’ll be able to get where you’re going both confidently and efficiently. Have a look at just what this vehicle can do for you on the road, and then visit Toyota of Gastonia to take the new Highlander for a test drive.

Powertrain Options

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is offered with two different powertrain options, including an all-new 3.5L V6. Here’s a more detailed look at the two engines’ respective specs:

  • 2.5L I-4 – Standard only on the base trim level is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that makes 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive and gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg city. Towing capacity maxes out at 1,500 pounds.
  • 3.5L V6 – Available on the LE trim level and standard on all others, the all-new 3.5L V6 engine features sophisticated direct-injection technology and an all-new Direct Shift-8AT eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, this system provides an impressive output of 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, which can be sent to a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. You’ll also get strong fuel economy for a vehicle with that kind of output and size, with the EPA estimating up to 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg city with front-wheel drive. No matter which setup you choose with this powertrain, you’ll have a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Excellent Fuel Economy

The Toyota Highlander gives you the best of both worlds: SUV performance and everyday fuel savings—particularly if you opt for the all-new 3.5L V6. With the help of a direct-injection fuel delivery system, a new Stop and Start Engine System (S&S) that turns the vehicle off while idling, and sophisticated design elements, the 3.5L V6 engine is able to get up to 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg city with front-wheel drive, or 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg city with all-wheel drive.

Sophisticated All-Wheel Drive Handling

If you get your Toyota Highlander equipped with the available Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive system, then you can look forward to outstanding levels of control. That’s because in addition to delegating power between the front and rear wheels, it is also able to control the vehicle’s brake system from side to side for optimal stability.

Test Drive the 2017 Toyota Highlander at Toyota of Gastonia

When you’re ready to experience the inspiring performance of the 2017 Toyota Highlander for yourself, make the drive from Shelby or Mt. Holly to Toyota of Gastonia, located at 4821 Wilkinson Blvd in Gastonia, NC. We’re open every day of the week, and you can contact us with questions anytime.