Opt for a fully loaded hybrid model, though, and you can spend as much as $48,000 on this three-row crossover.
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If you're looking to buy a new-for-2017 Toyota Highlander, be prepared to spend a bit more than before, but not by much. Unless you want a hybrid, then you'll be saving a bit of scratch.
The 2017 Highlander will start at $30,630, a $140 price bump over the 2016 model. That starting price nets you a front-wheel drive Highlander with a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine. If you're interested in moving up to the V6, which puts out 295 horsepower, be prepared to pay no less than $35,060 -- that's $665 more than last year.
The sky's the limit when it comes to the Highlander's pricing. If you're more of a fully loaded buyer, a Limited Platinum V6 Highlander with all-wheel drive will set you back $46,260, which is $1,270 more expensive than in 2016. That price might be high, but you're getting a car loaded with fancy options like leather seats, heated second row captain's chairs, LED ambient lighting, 19-inch wheels and a panoramic moonroof.
If you're concerned about gas mileage, there's also a hybrid model available. The EPA rates the Highlander Hybrid at 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, thanks to a 306-horsepower drivetrain. The least expensive hybrid starts at $36,270. All the way at the top is the $47,880 Limited Platinum hybrid, which is actually $2,605 cheaper than it was in 2016. In fact, every hybrid model is cheaper than before.
Expect the 2017 Highlander to hit dealerships in the middle of November. No matter what trim you opt for, you get Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment, which includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
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