Introduced in 2006, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is now in its third generation. Unlike most hybrids, this one yields more horsepower than the gasoline model and combines that with standard all-wheel drive and excellent fuel economy to create a winning hybrid formula.
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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid features a new upper and lower grille design as well as different grille finishes and headlight housings, depending on the trim. Toyota also doubled the number of available trims from two to four by adding the lower-cost LE and XLE.
All models are now equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P package, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
Choosing Your Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 2017 Highlander Hybrid is available in four trim levels: LE, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The new LE is priced about $8,000 lower than last year's base model.
All models are powered by a V6 engine that benefits from direct injection and runs on the efficient Atkinson cycle. Two electric motors are at work — one up front and the other in the back, enabling all-wheel drive propulsion. This model is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and makes a combined 306 horsepower.
Standard equipment includes projector-beam halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, LED lights, power heated side mirrors, alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. Inside, three-zone climate control, an integrated backup camera, full power accessories, five USB ports, and a digital clock are standard. LE and XLE models seat eight; Limited and Limited Platinum grades hold seven.
Prices range from $36,270 for the LE to $47,880 for the Limited Platinum. Add $950 for the destination charge. Toyota does not offer packages with the Highlander Hybrid, except a Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system. Depending on the trim, you’ll also find accessory items such as an interior mat set, ($399), Euro running boards ($549), and LED illumination ($349).
Standard all-wheel drive limits the number of configurations available, but that’s a good thing. The Hybrid XLE is a great place to begin your build as this grade includes keyless ignition and access, navigation, and a power liftgate — three desirable features in a family vehicle.