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.
Thus, TSS-P could help identify obstacles on the road, and when necessary, automatically apply braking. Technologies included in the TSS are: Automatic High Beams; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function; and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function.
Toyota recently decided to make automatic emergency braking as a standard feature on nearly all Highlander models by the end of 2017 (or 2018 model year), which means Toyota is around four years early of the industry target (2022 model year) as disclosed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Highlander’s strong sense of safety is backed by the fitment of a standard back-up camera on all models. Highlander XLE and above grade are installed with a standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (BSM w/RCTA).
Not only that, the new 2017 Highlander Limited Platinum grades features a standard Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, which makes use of four cameras mounted on the front and rear ends as well as on the side mirrors to provide drivers with a panoramic view of the vehicle surroundings on its central multimedia monitor.
In addition, this system has now made it easier to maneuver during parallel parking and when pulling in and out of parking spaces through driver assistance. This system also comes with Perimeter Scan that allows drivers to detect possible obstacles in certain conditions by providing a live rotating 360-degree view around the Highlander.