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 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.

You Ask, I Answer: First Time Car Buyer

You Ask

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is the daily interaction I am able to have with readers like you.  Recently, I’ve received a lot of e-mails with questions–some of you want to know where I bought the sweater I’m wearing in a certain video while others have questions about Service Department specials…  A few days ago, I received an e-mail from someone and I want to share a portion of it, along with my answer, for you.  **If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at christina.oaklawntoyota@gmail.com.  I LOVE hearing from you!**

Excerpt from Mrs. H.:

…my daughter is about to turn 18.  She’s a senior in high school and she’s working two jobs and maintaining her 3.7 GPA.  (Had to brag because I’m proud.) I want to help her find a safe, reliable, and good-looking car.  I’m going to pay for half of it.  Where do I start?  Do you have any tips for me?  What should we pay?  I’m trying to figure this out and I’m overwhelmed.  Do you have any advice for me?

Continue reading for my response to Mrs. H.!

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How to Photograph a Car at Night

I’m a terrible photographer (see photo below).  I blindly hold up my phone (do people still use actual cameras?) and hope it catches something recognizable to the average Joe.  Then, I slap on a filter, change the lighting, and the outcome resembles something decent (to me).

While I may not have the eye and talent to capture award-winning images, I can appreciate the difference between a good and bad picture.  When you spend as much time on the Internet as I do (creating Social Media content), you begin to see the vast difference between good and bad automotive photos.  Trust me, the bad ones ARE out there.  That’s why, I was intrigued when I came across THIS article, promising to teach the reader how to take “awesome” car pictures at night.  For those who don’t know: taking photos without natural sunlight is exponentially more difficult.

Car enthusiasts and shutterbugs, take note.

2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Highlander LE

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