5 Reasons to Love the 2017 Toyota Highlander

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is one of my favorites in Toyota’s current lineup. So what makes it so special? Check out my guide below.

Five Reasons to Check Out the 2017 Toyota Highlander

  1. USB Ports for Everyone: if you’re anything like me (and I hope you’re not as bad as I am) but I’m attached to my phone 24/7 and as a result, my battery is drained by noon. The 2017 Highlander is an electronic-addict’s dream because it boasts five USB ports, three up front and two in the rear passenger area. Now your child’s iPad can stay charged in the back seat while they’re watching Kayou and you can continue charging your phone in the front. (Plus another three devices left to charge with the remaining USB ports.)
  2. Panoramic Moonroof: some nights are meant for quiet drives and watching the stars. You can catch a more complete show thanks to the Highlander’s moonroof stretching all the way into the back seat.
  3. Bird’s Eye Camera: You no longer have to ask your passenger to hop out of your car and direct you into a parking spot like you’re piloting a 737 into Gate C4. The new Highlander is equipped with technology called Perimeter Scan which utilizes four cameras to deliver a live, unobstructed, 360-degree view of the Highlander’s surroundings. 
  4. Three Zone Automatic Climate Control: remember road trips with the family when you were a kid? For us, this included two fights, one over which movie to watch *It was a toss up between Father of the Bride and Beethoven in our car* and the other fight over how hot or cold we wanted the temperature inside the car to be. Thankfully, the new Highlander solves the latter fight with its three zone automatic climate control feature. The driver, driver’s side passenger, and the second and third rows can enjoy their own climate zones without the hassle of fighting with the driver that it’s “too hot back here”. 
  5. New Engine with Giddyup: sometimes you want an SUV that packs more of a punch underneath the hood. Toyota heard your cries for something more and has delivered with a newly issued 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is both more powerful and fuel-efficient that the previous generation’s Highlander. 

To learn more about the Highlander and to schedule your test drive, click here.

Explore every possibility in the 2017 Highlander.

Toyota Patent Catches Stuff

Toyota patents a device that catches the stuff you drop in between seats.

We’ve all been there: you’re driving along, the sun is shining, and you’re jamming to that one song you love (but you pretend not to know it when in the company of friends), you take a left turn–and just like that, you hear your phone sliding and listen for the barely audible clunk as it drops into the abyss. The abyss, or crack between the center console and your driver’s seat, is that familiar territory your change, lipstick, crumbs, and phone go to life wants to play a petty trick on you.

Fishing for the lost items is the most frustrating part–using the chair as a pendulum, pushing forward and then back–contorting your hand like an awkward skinny claw shape in an attempt to simply touch a piece of the object so you can push it or yank it or maneuver it in a way that will bring it back in your possession. It’s an ordeal. But a genius at Toyota just filed a patent to make that entire scenario a thing of the past.

According to The Drive:

Toyota’s aptly-named “under seat capture device” consists of a chute positioned on either side of the center console that can sense when something has fallen onto it, a platform that the chute funnels to, and an actuator coupled to the platform that delivers your fallen quarters/iPhones/taco crumbs to an easily accessible position.
The patent goes on to cover manually-operated under seat capture devices and also devices installed in between the seats and door sills.

So call off the search teams, Toyota will take care of the “into the abyss” items. PS. There is no date or timeline for when they will implement this nifty device, but we can all hope it’s sooner rather than later.

United State Patent and Trademark Office

Toyota 86 860 Edition

Motor Trend recently took the Toyota 86 860 Edition out on the road and writer Stefan Ogbac’s analysis can be distilled into two words: PURIST PERFECTION! 

On the road, the Toyota 86 reveals itself as a thoroughbred driver’s car—razor sharp and seriously fun to drive. The car’s chassis shines on the winding roads where you can explore its handling capabilities without the risk of losing your driver’s license. Through the twisting mountain roads of Southern California, the 86 stays planted and flat, and when combined with its precise steering, it feels like a scalpel slicing through the road with pinpoint precision. Along with its twin, the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 gives the driver so much confidence that on twisty roads, you’ll find yourself taking corners at higher-than-normal speeds. Unlike the Mazda MX-5 Miata, there’s minimal body roll, but you still know exactly what the car is doing as it communicates with you.

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Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle

What is the Toyota FT-4X?

The Toyota FT-4X Concept – or, “Future Toyota”-Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is the latest SUV concept vehicle from Toyota. Utility at its best. From designated “warm” and “cool” storage boxes to door handles that serve as impromptu water bottles, the FT-4X pairs function with fun

Tip the work-life balance scale in your favor. Introducing the revolutionary Toyota FT-4X Concept, designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research to answer the growing urge to escape. This 4-door 4WD crossover displays generous approach and departure angles that add to the Toyota FT-4X’s prowess on a variety of roads—paved or not. Wide over-fenders and beefy tires add to the simplistic rugged exterior, while inside, it’s a toolbox for all your things. Fold the rear seats flat and secure cargo with topside tracks, slide out the rear cargo floor to reveal more storage, and access the Multi-Hatch rear door that splits to swing open or functions as a one-piece lift-gate—whatever your getaway, it’s ready to take you there.

Keep reading for all of the details!

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

What is the difference between the Toyota Highlander and Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid generates as much as 306 hybrid system net horsepower, with up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city. Constantly having to search for a fuel pump is a thing of the past, and we didn’t have to sacrifice power or performance in the process. It has up to 3500 lbs. of towing power and is equipped with the capability of Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i). It’s time to start expecting more from every drive.

Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

The New 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

Haul more than just stuff.

There’s a new king of the streets: the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. This truck brings the attitude with exclusive exterior features like LED headlights with smoked housings, a powerful hood scoop and a black mesh grille. The 20-in. alloy wheels with black-accent finish keep it all looking stylish, too. Underneath it all is a sport-tuned suspension featuring upgraded sway bars and Bilstein® dampers—all tuned by the gurus at TRD. Best of all, every 2018 Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), 12 an advanced suite of technologies designed to give you the ultimate in on-road peace of mind.

2018 Toyota Camry Wi-Fi Connect

I am obsessed with the next generation Entune 3.0 system with a Wi-Fi hotspot in the new Toyota Camry! This is a game-changer. It allows you the opportunity to hook up to the internet and read up on the day’s news or stream your favorite episode of that show you missed last night (raise your hand if you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones yet). Obviously, you would do this as a passenger and not as the driver. However, there’s nothing wrong with pulling over to the side of the road and responding to that work email you forgot to get to before you left the house. 

Enjoy your complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot trial for 6 months/2 GB of data (whichever comes first) in your new Camry. Connect up to 5 devices to the internet at the speed of 4G LTE.

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2018 Toyota Camry Review

2018 Toyota Camry Review

Read Motor Trend’s full review of the 2018 Toyota Camry here