2017 Toyota Highlander: Much cheaper hybrid options, new SE sports trim

Starting at US$30,630, the 2017 Toyota Highlander has slightly higher prices on gas models, but Hybrid prices drop, and is now available on the LE and XLE.

There’s a new sportier SE grade that’s V6 only. The facelifted XU50 Highlander will go on sale in the US from mid-November.

The LE is available as a 4-cylinder FWD (US$30,630), V6 FWD (US$32,680), V6 AWD (US$34,140), or Hybrid V6 AWD (US$36,270) with the following as standard:

  • 18-inch alloys
  • 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment
  • Backup camera
  • 8 seats with fold flat middle and rear rows
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Windshield wiper with de-icer
  • Towing package on V6 models

The LE Plus is available as a V6 FWD (US$35,060), V6 AWD (US$36,520), and it gains:

  • Fabric and fake leather (SofTex) seats
  • Fog lamps
  • Power tailgate with flip up hatch window
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • 8-inch Entune Plus touchscreen system with SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Leather steering wheel and shift knob

The XLE comes in V6 FWD (US$38,520), V6 AWD (US$39,980), and Hybrid V6 AWD (US$41,330), and gains:

  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Proximity entry, push button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Driver Easy Speak
  • Sun shades for second row
  • Chromed roof rails
  • 4.2-inch multifunction display
  • Homelink
  • Anti-theft system
  • Satellite navigation, Entune apps

The new SE trim comes in V6 FWD (US$39,690), V6 AWD (US$41,150), and adds:

  • Dark grille, and roof rails, and tinted headlamps
  • 19-inch alloys
  • Black leather seats with silver stitching
  • Sports suspension

The Limited comes in V6 FWD (US$41,680), V6 AWD (US$43,140), and V6 Hybrid AWD (US$44,760), and adds:

  • 19-inch chrome alloys
  • Blue LED interior ambient lighting
  • 7 seats with second row captain’s chairs
  • Perforated leather seats
  • Heated and ventilated front and second row seats
  • 4-way power passenger’s seat
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat, and mirrors
  • Puddle lamps

The Limited Platinum comes in V6 FWD (US$44,800), V6 AWD (US$46,260), and V6 Hybrid AWD (US$47,880), and adds:

  • JBL audio system
  • Surround view cameras
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated second row captain’s chairs
  • 19-inch dark chrome alloys