Toyota raises Highlander prices for 2017 refresh

Toyota raises Highlander prices for 2017 refresh

Toyota has outlined revised pricing for its 2017 Highlander, unveiled earlier this year at the New York auto show.

The LE package represents the entry point with front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine. Toyota spread the largest price increases across the upper trim levels, with a modest $140 increase to $31,570 for the base model (including $940 freight).

Many buyers will be interested in the refreshed Highlander’s upgraded 3.5-liter V6, retuned to deliver 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 25 ponies and 15 lb-ft. The most affordable V6 package has been hiked by $665 to $36,000.

Helping offset the extra cash up front, city/highway EPA ratings for V6 AWD variants have jumped from 18/24 mpg to 20/27 mpg thanks to the engine revisions and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The lineup has been expanded with several new value packages. The SE aims to deliver a more sporty aesthetic, distinguished by unique 19-inch wheels and a tighter suspension tune. The Highlander Hybrid has received two new entries, while XLE grades feature new premium accents and finishes.

Toyota expects the 2017 Highlander to begin arriving in US showrooms by mid-November.

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