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2017 Toyota Highlander
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2017 Highlander Reviews & Information

 

 

After taking this Toyota classic SUV for a cruise around Madison there were several characteristics of the car that stood out to me.

First of all I really enjoyed the leather interior and leather steering wheel. The leather gave the car a more luxurious look and feel, compared to other vehicles in its class. Living in Wisconsin, we all know the temperature drops quickly once winter hits. Therefore it was nice to have the seat warmers heat up quickly so I could defrost from the chilly winter weather.

 

Another aspect of the car that stood out to me was the easy use of the third row seating. I found it easy to place the third row seating up and down. When the seats were placed down there was tons of space to load long items such as my Alphorn. Just kidding, I don't own an Alphorn :)~  However it would be great for a family or if someone had to transport a large load of items.

 

Let’s go places.


Another facet of this Crossover that stood out to me was how the car felt while I was driving it. The car made me feel like I was really in control and felt really smooth while accelerating and breaking. Overall the Highlander was a great ride and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality SUV.

 

MPG Highlander Engine

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Features

Features

  • Mechanical
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Comfort

Mechanical

Engine

Oil cooler
Auto start/stop
Battery saver
Alternator 150 amps

Drivetrain

Drive mode selector
Axle ratio 3.00
4WD type on demand
Center differential mechanical

Stability and Traction

Hill descent control
Stability control
Traction control
Hill holder control

Brakes

Rear brake type disc
Rear brake diameter 12.2
Front brake diameter 12.9
Front brake type ventilated disc
Braking assist
Electronic brakeforce distribution
ABS 4-wheel
Power brakes

Suspension

Front suspension classification independent
Rear suspension classification independent
Front struts MacPherson
Rear suspension type multi-link
Rear spring type coil
Front spring type coil
Front suspension type lower control arms
Rear stabilizer bar diameter 21 mm
Rear shock type gas
Front shock type gas
Front stabilizer bar diameter 26 mm

Towing and Hauling

Auxiliary transmission fluid cooler

Exterior

Interior

Safety

Technology

Comfort

Specs

Warranty

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Awards

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Best Bet: Large SUV (2017 Model)
- The Car Book

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Best Buy: Midsize Crossover/SUVs (2017 Model)
- Consumer Guide Automotive

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Best Family Cars (2017 Model)
- Kelley Blue Book

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Best Overall Value (2017 Model)
- Intellichoice

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Best Resale Value: Brand (2017 Model)
- Kelley Blue Book

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Best Resale Value: Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2017 Model)
- Kelley Blue Book

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Best SUVs for Families: Finalist (2017 Model)
- US News

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Best SUVs for the Money: Finalist (2017 Model)
- US News

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Best Value in America: SUVs, Crossovers, and Vans Brand (2017 Model)
- Vincentric

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Best Vehicles By Class: Midsize SUVs (2017 Model)
- GreenerCars.org

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Buyers Choice: Best Midsize SUV (2017 Model)
- Autobytel

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Initial Quality Study (IQS): Top Models (2017 Model)
- J.D. Power and Associates

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SUV of the Year: Contender (2017 Model)
- Motor Trend

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Top 10 SUVs (2017 Model)
- Autobytel

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Top Recommended Crossovers/SUVs (2017 Model)
- Edmunds

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Top Safety Pick+ - Midsize SUVs (2017 Model)
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Green Score

EPA Green Score ( Federal Tier 3 Bin 70 ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
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Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
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Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
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Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
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EPA Green Score ( LEV-III ULEV70 ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
7
1
7
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
5
1
5
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
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Testimonials

Very Pleased

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Al Franklin
July 26, 2017

Sue and I were very pleased with the way we were treated by Al and his staff while purchasing our Toyota Camry hybrid.

Absolutely LOVE my RAV4

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Scott Nelson
July 24, 2017

This review is well overdue, but I'm glad I finally got to it! Loved all the staff at Smart Toyota. They worked hard to help meet all my needs when I bought my Toyota RAV4. I absolutely LOVE my new car and its features. Thank you Smart for helping my car buying experience be the best it can be! I will continue to work with you throughout the future for all of my car needs!!

Easy to Purchase a Vehicle

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Mario Cardarella
July 24, 2017

Your service personnel were outstanding and easy to work with. We came in with an idea of what we wanted and came away beyond our expectations. Thanks to Mario and Justin.

My Prius Dealer

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Todd Wersland
July 24, 2017

Came to Madison to buy a Prius because Smart Motors is easy to deal with. Do not feel like you are getting taken advantage of. All employees are friendly and helpful. Todd Wersland is friendly, informative, and non-pressuring.

Easy | Excellent | Energized

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Clint Phillips
July 18, 2017

Everyone we have worked with here has been excellent. Clint has sold other cars to our family, which is what brought us in! Made the experience easy..... Dana explained all the warranty information and put it in terms I could understand. Sarah was super energized and knowledgeable.

Absolutely the Best

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Al Franklin
July 17, 2017

Ask for Al Franklin at Smart Motors on Odana Rd. He is absolutely the best! He worked tirelessly to get me a great deal on a new car. Personable, professional and courteous. Driving back to VA a happy customer!

Repeat Customer

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Al Franklin
July 15, 2017

My wife and I are repeat customers of Smart Motors. We enjoy the fantastic products that Smart Motors offers. We also appreciate Al Franklin specifically. He has sold us multiple cars, and we appreciate his excellent product knowledge, and customer service. Please give him recognition for his efforts. I am sure other customers appreciate him as well. Thank You.

Helpful & Informative

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Todd Wersland
July 8, 2017

Todd was great to deal with. Very helpful and informative, and not pushy. Which was key to us!

5 Toyota RAV4s

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Al Franklin
July 6, 2017

My wife and I have now bought five Toyota RAV4s from Al Franklin of Smart Motors in Madison, WI. Al is the best salesperson we have ever dealt with and we would not even consider buying from anyone else in the future.

Great Job | Todd

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Todd Wersland
July 5, 2017

Todd did a great job. Everything about the car and sale were explained clearly and professionally to us in demo and in the financial office.

The Car for Me

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Todd Wersland
July 5, 2017

I was pleased that the salesperson took the time to fully answer my questions and find a good car for me.

4 Vehicles from Al

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Al Franklin
July 5, 2017

We bought this new Toyota RAV4 from Al Franklin. We have now bought four vehicles from Al and we would not think of buying from any other salesperson.

Patient & Understanding

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Al Franklin
July 5, 2017

Al Franklin did an excellent job selling us our new car. He was very patient and understanding. He gave very personal detailed attention to our deal.

No Pressure

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Rodney Potter
July 4, 2017

We found a car we liked online, used the website to schedule a test drive, and got one right away with no pressure. After telling the sales person I wanted to go home to thing about it, he texted me his card, and thanked me. And the buying experience was again no pressure. Showed me some numbers and asked if I was interested. Gave me a quote for my old vehicle for a trade in, and explained the options he had for rebates and financing. Everyone appeared to be having fun, and were very social and they all acknowledged me. Felt like I was one of the employees. They have a great waiting area with lots of food and drink and tv's. Highly recommend everyone look here first.

Excellent

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Clint Phillips
July 4, 2017

Excellent all the way around from Clint Phillips (sales), to car prep, to ease of doing the sales paperwork.

New Corolla SE

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Chad Nettesheim
July 3, 2017

It is still early in the process, but I am a very happy customer. I choose to lease a new Corolla. I feel like I am driving a space ship. The technology is amazing and I am expecting the traditional reliability of a Corolla as well. Although having the Warranty and Maintenance included is also a great piece of mind. Chad was awesome in the sales process. Most everything was done over the phone and online so my time in the dealership signing papers and learning the features on the car was very short. There are 68 miles on the car I am leasing. And I am having so much fun. Thanks!

Enjoyed Our Entire Experience

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Javier Leon
July 3, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience at Smart Toyota. Javier was great. He represents Toyota and Smart Motors excellently! Your entire staff at Toyota was friendly and helpful.

Wonderful Experience

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Todd Wersland
June 30, 2017

The entire experience today was wonderful. Todd was very responsive to what we were looking for and delivered an amazing car with an amazing deal. I am very pleased with our experience and will be back again!

Service Team is Excellent

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Smart Motors Service Team
June 28, 2017

The techs are great! They always have great customer service and are so professional! Highly recommend getting your car repairs done here!

Pleasant

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Todd Wersland
June 28, 2017

Staff (all around) were pleasant to work with and informative. Enjoyed the experience.

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Crash-Test Ratings

2017 Toyota Highlander SUV AWD

Overall
Front Crash Overall
Front Crash Driver
Front Crash Passenger
Side Crash Overall
Side Barrier Overall
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Side Barrier Driver
Side Barrier Passenger
Side Pole Driver
Side Combined Front
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Side Combined Rear
Rollover