2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited – All Photos by Randy Stern
A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Before I get into this review of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited, let’s talk about the state of the family SUV.
From what I have seen recently, the mid-sized SUV is enjoying a mini-renaissance. Sales are up on several models, such as the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Volumes are strong, too. The best sellers are now delivering over 21,000 units per month at peak.
What Volkswagen has now discovered through the introduction of the Atlas is that families want more than just a $28,000 compact SUV. They crave more space, utility, performance, towing capacity and more. Every mainstream brand and manufacturer now offers such a vehicle – all starting at around $30,000 – and want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
Any discussion of mid-sized SUVs must include the Toyota Highlander. Not because it has won its share of “best-in-segment” accolades, but rather its relevance in the face of stiff competition from Ford, Jeep, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai, Honda, Dodge, Kia, Mitsubishi, Mazda and GMC. Soon, there will be new rivals from Chevrolet and Subaru within the next year or so.
When surveying the competition, one thing becomes clear: Neither of these mid-sized SUVs offer the option of hybrid gas-electric power today. Continue reading