Nowadays, vehicles come with so many optional upgrades that it’s difficult to figure out what it is you’re actually buying. For example, Grand Rapids residents looking to purchase a Toyota Highlander will find that the 2017 comes in 8 different models, each of which has a couple different trims and engine choices. Here’s a quick breakdown.
#1. Toyota Highlander LE ($30,630 Starting Price)
The starting price for the LE is $30,630, but if you’re looking for the Hybrid LE the cost will go up around $5,000. The LE comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, seating for 7 passengers and 1 driver, Entune Audio with bluetooth capability, 5 standard USB ports, and an integrated backup camera. The LE is the base package for Toyota’s Highlander series. The cheaper of the powertrain options is a 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic with front wheel drive, but for $2,000 more you can upgrade to a V6 with an 8 speed automatic transmission, or for $3,500 you can upgrade to all wheel drive.
#2. Toyota Highlander LE Plus ($35,060 Starting Price)
The LE Plus builds on the standard features of the LE and adds a height adjustable power liftgate alongside expanded functionality to the infotainment and navigation systems. It also adds three-zone climate control, a leather trimmed steering wheel and nicer seats. The LE Plus model is only available in V6, but you still have the option to choose between front wheel and all wheel drive.
#3. Toyota Highlander XLE ($38,520 Starting Price)
The XLE builds on the LE model adding Toyota’s Smart Key system with a push button starter. The EnTune Audio system comes with an app suite and the Integrated Navigation system standard, as well as a multi-informational display, and a power moonroof. Its V6 engine is available in both front wheel and all wheel drive, and this model, unlike the LE Plus, also has an option for a hybrid engine.
#4. Toyota Highlander SE ($39,690 Starting Price)
The SE does not have a hybrid option, but still offers the choice between all wheel and front wheel drive. The major selling point here is the sport-tuned suspension of a fullsize SUV that check here gives it some off roading capability alongside halogen lighting that improves visibility at night. On top of that it comes loaded with luxury features like leather seats in the first and second row, and EnTune’s navigation system and app suite.
#5. Toyota Highlander Limited ($41,680)
The most expensive option successfully fuses luxury, entertainment, and safety features into a vehicle that’s well worth the investment. The Limited features a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The infotainment system gets a couple of upgrades too, and the front seats are now heated. In addition it comes with 19 inch Chrometec Wheels, and is not only available in a hybrid engine, but also offers the option of a platinum package for the powertrain.