Kamis, 09 Maret 2017

2017 Toyota Highlander Review: first drive

2017 Toyota Highlander Review: first drive - The toyota highlander has always been a middle-of-the-pack player for us but it looks like Toyota wants to change that by adding a new powertrain changing some of the design styling and also offering more trim levels let's take a look under the hood before we talk about the engine new styling on the 2017 toyota highlander instead of the previous kind of angular shape it had before now there's almost a pyramidal is that even a word. 

I more of a pyramid here on the front grille but under the hood oh and this is one thing we wish they would have changed this thing weighs at on but the story here is a brand-new d4s liter v6 295 horsepower 263 foot-pounds of torque and it's made it up to an eight-speed transmission now this is the same engine that's in the new tacoma and in the news sienna minivan but neither of them get the eight-speed transmission that's going to be exclusive here at the beginning just for the highlander but also with this new powertrain comes more fuel efficiency now the highlander has 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 27 miles to the gallon on the highway a huge improvement from the engine its replacing the first time we saw this new 2017 highlander was at the new york auto show that was our first opportunity to see what this new vehicle is all about but we have had one of our test drivers take this out on the road and from his reactions it doesn't sound like the engine is really providing as much fun and power as some of the numbers might make it sound like there is a new SE.

Sport package which has a slightly stiffer suspension but again our test driver said it didn't feel that sporty this is still a pretty big and heavy cross over for anybody that wants to try to push it around corner some maybe that's not the way this thing should be driven there's still plenty to like in this new vehicle tons of cargo space you can have seven or eight passenger configurations you can even have a pass-through in the middle if you want those captain chairs in the second row second row in particular is one of our favorite aspects of this Highlander and the previous highlander in that the track can move forward and back to accommodate either cargo or passengers depending on how big they are how long their legs are one of the things we still don't like is there's no android auto or apple carplay that's something that should change fast we also like the fact that there's some new trim packages namely the sporty or SE model and also to new trim packages with the hybrid the le and xle so if you have a growing family or even a large family this might be the vehicle for you

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