|The 2017 Toyota Highlander SE.|
Some good news: Toyota has freshened the look of the 2017 Highlander. The chrome strip behind the Toyota badge on the grille has been banished, and a body-color strip at what would be the bumper line has been moved up and thinned out. That breaks up what had been a bottom-heavy and, to our eyes, awkward-looking grille. It's a definite improvement.
|2017 Toyota Highlander SE.|
Better yet, to illustrate that the Highlander in well-equipped form can be an excellent value, the vehicle we were given for a week was the SE model. It is the next-to-top-of-the-line of the five Highlander models, and at a base price of $39,690, it carries a lot of very nice equipment as standard, such as projector-beam dark accent halogen headlamps with LED running lights, integrated fog lights, color-keyed heated outside power mirrors with turn and blind spot indicators, a power moonroof with sunshade and jam protection, 19-inch black finish multi-spoke machined alloy wheels, a flip-up rear hatch window and dark-painted roof rails.
|2017 Toyota Highlander SE interior.|
We have wanted to like the current-generation Highlander a lot more than we have. The changes made for 2017 go a long way toward that.