Red 2017 Toyota Highlander and Red 2016 Toyota Highlander Exterior

Differences Between the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota Highlander

New Toyota editions arrive at Downeast Toyota each year, that include all-new models like the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime and refreshed designs of old favorites. While new editions and refreshed models are exciting, it can lead to confusion for many car shoppers. If you had your heart set on the 2016 Toyota Highlander, the highly-anticipated arrival of the 2017 Toyota Highlander this fall, may throw a wrench into the works. To help you decide whether to buy now or wait for the new edition, we have created a 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota Highlander comparison to highlight the differences.

Toyota Highlander Design and Trim Level Differences

A new and refreshed design is the primary difference between Highlander generations and promises to make the 2017 Toyota Highlander more attractive than ever. With a revised upper and lower grille configuration and narrower headlights, the revised Toyota Highlander is an intimidating option with an athletic profile. The refreshed grille design is made even more exciting with trim-specific finishes not available for the previous generation — base trims receive a silver painted finish, upper trim levels incorporate a chrome finish and the all-new Highlander SE adds a dark paint finish.

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An added element that you will discover when you delve deeper into this Toyota Highlander comparison is an expanded model lineup. You will now have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an athletic Highlander SE grade that includes a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dark accents and a luxurious and loaded interior. Drivers who opt for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid will now be able to choose from LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum models as well.

Red 2017 Toyota Highlander Rear Exterior
Luxurious Black 2017 Toyota Highlander Interior

Toyota Highlander Powertrain and Features Differences

While current Toyota Highlander models deliver incredible power and performance, the refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander is built to impress. Powered by a direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the upgraded Toyota Highlander is expected to boost horsepower and efficiency. An important element in this equation is an all-new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission that will replace the current six-speed automatic. With a refined transmission and a standard Stop and Start Engine System at your disposal, the Toyota Highlander will provide improved performance and fuel-economy ratings.

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Improved safety is a focus of the 2017 Toyota Highlander design as well. Available with Toyota Safety Sense technology, the rejuvenated Toyota Highlander will be safer than its predecessor with advanced collision-prevention systems at your disposal. An added defense against traffic accidents is the Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan. This Toyota-exclusive technology will provide you with a rotating 360-degree view of your surroundings to help you spot potential obstacles.

If you are looking for a new family-friendly crossover, the Toyota Highlander is a mainstay among class leaders and a refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander promises to improve on that pedigree. We hope that this 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota Highlander comparison has been helpful and will help you make a more informed car-buying decision. You can expect the 2017 Toyota Highlander to join the Downeast Toyota inventory later this fall.