CARS.COM — Competing in our 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge was a class mainstay, the Toyota Highlander.
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The 2017 Highlander is offered in six trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. Toyota provided to us for the Challenge a Limited model with the V-6 engine and all-wheel drive, which came with a base price of $44,080 (including a destination charge). It was painted Silver Metallic and wore 19-inch chrome wheels.
Our test vehicle Limited trim comes standard with captain’s chairs and seating for seven passengers. A second-row bench is offered as a no-cost option, which bumps capacity up to eight passengers. The Limited comes with a generous amount of standard features, including leather upholstery, a power liftgate, an 8-inch multimedia display with navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, and five USB ports for charging devices.
But where the Limited really excels, as does the rest of the Highlander lineup, is safety equipment. Toyota has equipped as standard on all trim levels its Safety Sense P suite of safety features, which includes autonomous forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, auto high beams and adaptive cruise control. On top of that, our Limited also featured a backup camera, rear parking sensors and blind spot alerts.
A couple of small options pushed the final price of our Highlander up to $44,514. To find out if the Highlander’s captain’s chairs and strong suite of standard safety features gave it a leg up on the competition at the Challenge, keep an eye out for the results, which will be announced Oct. 30.