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2017 Toyota Highlander pricing announced

Toyota Motor Corporation released the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices, or MSRP, for both the gas-powered 2017 Highlander and that of the Highlander Hybrid sport utility vehicle.

For the gas-powered versions, the lineup starts with the LE model which has the 2-wheel drive and powered with the 4-cylinder engine. This has been priced at $30,630. The highest trim is the Limited Platinum version with the all-wheel drive and V6 engine with MSRP at $46,260.

Overall, the average price increase for this range is at 3% or $1,165. Under the Hybrid models, base price is at $36,270 for the LE with the all-wheel drive and V6 engine and goes all the way to the Limited Platinum variant with the all-wheel drive V6 engine at $47,880. Compared to the 2016 MSRP, average price was lower by 5.5% or $2,746. It should be noted though that the MSRP excludes the $940 DPH fee (delivery, processing, and handling). The actual fee for models distributed by Gulf States Toyota and Southeast Toyota may vary.

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6 things you should know about the 2017 Toyota Highlander Midsize SUV

With the perennial leader Ford Explorer seemingly pulling away and the Honda Pilot inching closer this 2016, Toyota seriously updated its Highlander midsize SUV for 2017 hoping it would gain more traction than before.

For the 2017 model, the new Toyota Highlander benefits from a new SE trim as well as a new version of its V6 engine.

While the 2016 Highlander comes with a 3.5-liter 2GR-FE engine, the 2017 model is provided with a more powerful yet more efficient, direct-and-port-injected 3.5-liter 2GR-FKS V6 unit.

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Toyota Highlander greets 2017 model year with more power, greater efficiency and more grades

Typically, a vehicle with more engine power consumes more fuel. But not the new 2017 Toyota Highlander. The latest iteration of the Highlander is now more powerful yet more fuel efficient and is still a nest of advanced technologies designed to deliver a whole new level of convenience, comfort and safety.

The new 2017 Toyota Highlander now also provides more space and is capable of accommodating up to eight people with its three-row seating. Highlander V6 models could be availed in different grades -- LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum and the new SE -- in either front-wheel or all-wheel drives. Highlander Hybrid could be availed in Limited and Platinum models, and two new LE and XLE grades.

Interestingly, the new Toyota Highlander is loaded with several technologies – including safety features -- as standard. For instance, the new 2017 Highland is fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) driver-assist technology that employs millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to detect a preceding pedestrian or vehicle, as well as visible lane markers in the nearby areas.

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6 of the Most Anticipated Cars at the 2016 New York Auto Show

Super luxurious vehicles like the Porsche 718 Boxster, the Spyker C8 Preliator, and the Koenigsegg Regera are among the attractions at the upcoming 2016 New York Auto Show. But it’s not just these impressive supercars from the iconic car manufacturers that are drawing attention.

In fact, some of the most-awaited vehicles will be making their debut at the show. Here are six of the cars that no one should miss viewing at the New York Auto Show.

There you have it, a list of must-sees during the New York Auto Show. Make sure to take down some notes about these vehicles when you have time so that you can compare which of these cars make into your Car Bucket List.

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The much-improved 2017 Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV will have its mask taken off on March 23 at the 2016 New York Auto Show. It now features a newly developed direct shift 8-speed automatic transmission; a new 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 engine that helps boost its power output while improving mileage ratings; a new available Stop and Start (S&S) Engine system; Toyota Safety Sense as standard; and refreshed exterior styling.

Conventionally powered Highlanders will be available in LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited or Limited Platinum and in both front-wheel and AWD. The Highlander Hybrid, meanwhile, now has four models, after adding two new grades -- LE and XLE – to its Limited and Platinum. All Highlander Hybrid models will still be AWD.

To be featured as standard on the new 2017 Highlander is Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS), which is a new multi-feature advanced safety package that includes automated pre-collision braking. This package includes a number of state-of-the-art safety systems like Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Pre-Collision System (with Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency brake).

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Toyota Motor Corp. will make a $100-million investment to hike output of the Highlander at its Princeton site in Indiana as the crossover has been reaching the production ceiling at the facility. Once the investment is completed, the site will be capable of producing 30,000 more Highlanders every year.

It will also lead to hiring of 300 workers to the site existing workforce of about 4,500 people. Toyota saw sales of the Highlander surge 18 percent in the first seven months of 2014 to 81,374. The figure excludes a small yet declining volume of Highlanders imported from Japan.

The production increase, however, will not hike the overall capacity of the Indiana site at 365,000 vehicles annually. The project, however, will expand Highlander to both of the site’s two assembly lines.

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Toyota has secured a 60-second commercial spot at the broadcast of the Super Bowl XLVIII in Feb. 2, 2014. The spot will feature Toyota’s redesigned Highlander mid-sized crossover and will incorporate another global brand as a partner, according to officials of the Japanese carmaker.

Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota marketing, told Automotive News in an interview that the carmaker would return to the Super Bowl, which is considered as the most-watched advertising event in the United States and is expected to have over 100 million viewers.

“We are very excited about it and there are some surprises coming that are going to be really fun for the Super Bowl,” Hollis said. Just in the previous Super Bowls, the broadcast of the big game had turned into a battleground for carmakers aiming to capture a large part of the US market.

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Toyota Motor Corp. has commenced output of the 2014 Highlander large crossover at its Princeton site in Indiana. Due to the popularity of the Highlander, Toyota decided to invest $430 million in the Princeton site, resulting to the creation of an additional 600 jobs, the carmaker said in a statement.

Toyota saw its Highlander log a 6-percent surge in sales in the United States in the first 11 months of 2013 to 115,228 units.

Most of the jobs created at Princeton were new hires, and a site spokesman disclosed that almost all of the positions had been filled.

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Toyota has disclosed that it will increase the output capacity for the Highlander, in addition to its current plan to hike production of the large crossovers in the next few months. The additional capacity plan, which will entail investments of $30 million, will result to another 15,000 units of capacity for the Toyota Highlanders at its Princeton site in Indiana in 2014.

The move is on top of a capacity increase that will occur later this year at Princeton that will add 50,000 units for hybrid Highlanders.

The two moves will give Toyota enough production capacity to sell 215,000 Highlanders and Sequoia sports utility vehicles every year.

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Good news for SpongeBob fans! A partnership between Nickelodeon and Toyota has led to the creation of the SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander. This one-of-a-kind concept vehicle will feature a custom SpongeBob-themed exterior as well as an interior design that exudes the character’s dynamic energy.  The SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander will have its debut on July 13, 2013 at Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Day at the Padres vs. Giants game in San Diego, California.

The SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander will then have its “Happy Driving!” promotional tour on seven locations across the United Sates. The SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander will tour seven locations like the Artscape Festival in Baltimore, Maryland on July 19-21, 2013; the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 2-4, 2013; the Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Aug. 9-11, 2013; the Gourmet on Gore Festival on Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2013; the SpongeBob Shellabration in Hollywood, California on Sept. 7-8, 2013; the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway in Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 15, 2013; the Eat Real Festival in Oakland, California on Sept. 27-29, 2013; and the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles California on Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, 2013.

These events will feature character meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. They will also feature a prize wheel where families can win exclusive SpongeBob Toyota Highlander branded premiums. The events will also feature airbrush tattoos and interactive areas. The SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander promotion will be supported online with a dedicated Web site and will be featured in digital display advertising and social media. 

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Toyota unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show the all-new 2014 Highlander, the third-generation of its mid-size SUV that promises to offer both refinement and strength. The first visual impact with the 2014 Highlander shows a trapezoidal grille, both refinement and strength.

Moreover, visibility of the 2014 Highlander has also been increased through precise repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.

According to the official press release, the 2014 Highlander will also offer a precise repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.

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Toyota Motor Corp. will make an investment of $400 million for its Princeton, Ind. site, including the production of the hybrid version of the Highlander crossover. Although the plant already builds the Highlander, it does not have the capacity to produce the hybrid version, which is currently built in Japan.

Toyota expects to complete the upgrade of the plant and commence production of the Highlander hybrid by late 2013.

By then, the number of Highlander produced at the Indiana site will increase by 50,000 units, and Toyota will cease producing the vehicle in Japan.

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The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be $200 more expensive than the older models, according to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Pricing information for the 2012 models of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid as well as the 2011 Land Cruiser has been released. These models weren’t fitted with new features with the exception of the FJ Cruiser, which will be painted in Radiant Red rather than Brick Red.

The 2012 FJ Cruiser will have a base price of $27,000 (inclusive of an $810 destination fee). The 2012 FJ Cruiser offers the following as standard equipment: a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with an iPod USB port, Bluetooth wireless technology and water-resistant seats.

The FJ Cruiser offers an EPA-estimated rating of 17 mpg city/19 highway. The base model of the 2011 Land Cruiser has a price tag of $69,930, including destination charges.

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Toyota Motor Corp. will be recalling 36,700 units of Lexus RX 400h SUVs and 45,500 Highlander Hybrid in the United States due to the inadequate soldering of some transistors. The company will be fixing the problem in 85,000 vehicles of the two models in Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S., Toyota’s spokesperson Shiori Hashimoto revealed.

She added that the company will also be recalling 15,000 units of the two models in Europe and 11,164 units in Japan.

The vehicles to be recalled were manufactured between 2005 and 2006, Hashimoto further disclosed. Last year, Toyota formed an international quality committee after record recalls for problems regarding unintended acceleration in its Prius vehicle models.

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You are not going to believe this: Next-generation Toyota Highlander midsize crossover might share its platform with the new Subaru Tribeca. As you may know already, both vehicles have similar dimensions, but it appears that there is one small problem: the Toyota Highlander uses a transverse-mounted engine while the Subaru Tribeca is powered by a longitudinally mounted boxer engine.

Moreover, the Toyota Highlander platform will also have to accommodate the hybrid system found on the Highlander Hybrid, but regarding this car there is some good news, as we will definitely see also a hybrid version of the Subaru Tribeca, according to MotorTrend.

For those who don’t know, this is now the only partnership between the two Japanese brands, as Toyota and Subaru are also working on the FT-86/086A sports car. Still, regarding this project, Toyota tackles the problem with the upcoming FT-86 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe by going with a Subaru pancake engine.

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As you may know already, Toyota released today the official details, specs and price of the 2011 Highlander. Well, that wasn’t the only surprise, as the Japanese manufacturer also brought the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The new car features a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine for the 2011 model year, which replaces the previous 3.3-liter V6 mill found on the current model.

The engine, together with the high-torque electric drive motor-generator, delivers a total output of 280 hp. A second rear-mounted motor provides automatic on-demand four-wheel drive traction.

The 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 28 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The 4WD Highlander Hybrid uniquely generates rear-wheel power with a separate electric motor (MGR) that provides additional drive torque on demand. Furthermore, the car’s 4WD-i system does not require power-transfer gearing or a driveshaft from the front.

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Toyota released today the official details and specs of the 2011 Highlander, which promises to take on the competition with a new design, additional standard amenities and new user technology. The 2011 Highlander offers two distinctive engines: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder available since 2009 and a 3.5-liter V6 (offered as standard on Limited).

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of peak torque, EPA-rated at 25 mpg on the highway. The engine is fitted with a variable intake manifold and dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), and comes only with a standard six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Regarding the bigger 3.5-liter V6 engine, this powerplant produces 270 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Just like the smaller 2.7-liter engine, it comes with dual VVT-i and a variable intake manifold, but it is mated to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT) that offers selectable manual sequential shifting. Regarding the design, the 2011 model year comes with a completely new front fascia, hood and fenders.

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Motivated by a goal to completely localize production for North America, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move more production of its Highlander SUV to its Indiana assembly plant. Toyota wants to lessen its exposure to foreign exchange losses on imports.

Production of the Highlander started at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. last fall but it still continues to import units from the Kyushu, Japan plant. From January to April, about 17% (1,165 units) of the 7,026 Highlanders sold in the US were imports.

Spokesman Paul Nolasco confirmed Toyota's plan to shift all Highlander production for North America to Indiana.

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Two more of Toyota's vehicles -- the 2010 Highlander and Venza -- have earned the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To qualify for this award, the vehicle needs to receive the highest rating of 'good' in the IIHS' front, side, rollover (a test added in 2010) and rear impact tests.

The cars would also need to have electronic stability control. To do well in the newly added rollover test, the vehicles must prove that their roof can support the equivalent of four times its weight. The Highlander withstood a force equal to 4.74 times its vehicle weight. The Venza roof endured 4.70 times its vehicle weight.

The Highlander SE 4x2 is priced from $32,480 in the US. The car is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a five-speed automatic transmission.

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