2017 Toyota Highlander XLE Quick Take: A Top Choice in Family Transportation

Posted Monday, Jul 17, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The new 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE is attracting a unique audience: families. This year’s release falls right in the middle of the company’s current full-size SUV line. At around $43,000, it’s within reach for most dual income families, too.

The XLE may never suit anyone as a specialist vehicle, but features such as a roomy interior with space for up to seven make it a showstopper for anyone with little ones. From the engine to the trunk, your Los Angeles Toyota dealer takes an in-depth review of the Highlander XLE right here.

2017 Toyota Highlander XLE

Under the Hood

The 2017 Highlander XLE isn’t exactly a muscle car under the hood, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful in its own right. Standard options come with a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, and an 8-speed transmission. At 20/26/22 mpg, fuel economy is outstanding, making it ideal for people who travel often (or just cart the kids around to soccer games).

While you shouldn’t expect this car to go from 0 to 60 in a split second, you can expect reliable, even performance and fast response times on the road—and that means safer driving overall. As an added bonus, the XLE comes with start-and-stop technology; when you’re stuck in traffic, it will shut the vehicle down to preserve fuel. As soon as you press the gas, it springs back to life once again.

Interior Features

The Highlander’s interior is what makes it truly special for families. Seating for seven makes plenty of room for Mom, Dad, and up to five kids. Gorgeous, buttery-soft leather seating that resists stains keeps your vehicle looking its best, while ample leg room and space to recline make long trips easier to withstand.

A compartmentalized trunk with extra space when the back row of seats is folded down ensures that you have room for everything, from trips to Grandma’s house to everyday forays to the lake.

Special Features

Of particular note for families is the Highlander XLE’s special creature comforts. We’re fond of heated seats (great for winter adventures), the easy-to-use moonroof, Entune infotainment system, and seats that tip and recline with just the slightest touch.

Large, highly visible buttons on the dash let you stay focused on the road while making adjustments, too, keeping you safe and focused on driving. The bright LCD screen in the front boasts full-color GPS and multi-information display access so you can see where you are and where you’re going at a glance.

Aesthetic Accoutrements

Toyota Highlander XLE

Just because it’s a family vehicle doesn’t mean it can’t look great. The Highlander XLE boasts a few finishing touches that make it as much a pleasure to look at as it is to drive. Silver-painted accents gleam with just a touch of polishing every so often. Choose from a range of eight shades, including Blizzard Pearl, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Salsa Red, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Shoreline Blue Pearl.

The XLE’s exterior design mimics previous years, but it’s slightly more streamlined and a bit less bulky. This smaller size somehow doesn’t sacrifice interior room while giving it a high-class feel. A square, slightly decorative grille on the front finishes it off just right.

Curious about the 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE? Come on in to your local Toyota dealers in Southern California. Take one out for a test drive; bring the kids to truly test its worth. We think you’ll agree that it’s just the right fit.