When you visit the dealer of used cars in Orange County, you are probably looking for a vehicle that can meet many different kinds of needs. Many people want an all-around exceptional vehicle that can tackle any road, fit a number of passengers, and carry around their goods. The 2017 Toyota Highlander three-row family SUV can do all of this and more! It’s a top choice vehicle in an over-saturated market that should be on your must-drive list at the dealer of used cars for sale in Orange County.

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The 2017 Highlander comes in several options: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum trim levels. 


The 2017 Toyota Highlander sports around a new V6 engine under the hood and generates more horsepower and torque than its predecessor. Also, it is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. 


There are three basic powertrain choices for 2017 Highlander customers. Base LE models come with a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter 4-cylinder powering the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Then there’s the hybrid, which combines a version of the V6 with electric motors for a total of 306 horsepower. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on all Highlander V6 models, including hybrids, which provides extra traction for harsher weather. However, you do get a better fuel economy from front-wheel drive (FWD).


The SUV has an amazing combination of an efficient V6, capable brakes as well as instinctive, accurate steering. Customers go wild when they see the 2017 Highlander because they either know or have heard that it has great handling and good towing, plus the off-road credentials that make the Highlander top of its class. 


Although the 2017 Highlander is a massive vehicle, it can achieve speed with no issues at all. This is all thanks to the new V6 engine and eight-speed automatic that provides a smooth and direct response. 


Furthermore, the Highlander has excellent braking effectiveness. While testing used cars in Orange County like the Highlander, sales representatives found that the SUV had a remarkable panic-stop distance from 60 mph and notable fade resistance.


The 2017 Highlander is easy to steer with its intuitive and comforting response when going around corners and confined straight-line stability while driving on the highway. Also, it’s a piece of cake to park.


The sales staff at the dealer of used cars in Orange County point out that the 2017 Highlander has a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 8 inches of ground clearance, hill hold and hill descent control, and helpful approach/departure angles which give the Highlander wonderful off-road capabilities for a family hauler.




The Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense Plus (TSS-P), which bundles high-tech safety gear like active cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and lane-departure alert and warning. There’s 8-passenger seating, a standard rearview camera, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, day/night rearview mirror, three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets (two up front and one in the second row), and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with Toyota’s Entune audio system, Bluetooth and voice recognition.


Many of the available options are by trim levels. For instance, the LE Plus adds 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen display, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, and faux-leather seats. The XLE gets a sunroof, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, an upgraded instrument panel, leather upholstery (first and second rows), simulated leather third-row upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row window sunshades, and a better infotainment that includes navigation.


The Limited and Limited Platinum gain even better audio systems, heated and ventilated front seats, an around-view camera, heated steering wheel as well as heated 2nd-row seats in the Limited Platinum. A panoramic moonroof is available, plus rear-seat entertainment including Blu-ray and DVD, Driver Easy Speak, and of course the V6 or Hybrid powertrains.

The SE is equipped similarly to the XLE but has LED running lights, sport-themed styling essential features and suspension tuning, 19-inch wheels, and sporty interior trim.




If you appreciate a comfortable vehicle, you will love the Highlander’s Lexus-like seats and easy ride silent cabin that will remind you of Toyota’s high-end cousin.


You can get nice and snug in the heated leather front seats that also provide lots of adjustments such as extendable thigh support. The second-row seats are firmer, and they can slide as well as recline in a huge range. The third row is tight, but suitable for the kids.


Besides being a powerful and efficient SUV, the Highlander has amazing ride comfort. You hardly feel any road irregularities while driving the 2017 Highlander. If you want to drive in tranquility, you will enjoy the serenity the 2017 Highlander brings to the cabin. 


There are a lot of small storage spaces around the Highlander’s cabin for you and your family’s possessions. There is a built-in shelf on the dashboard that acts as a resting place for phones and personal items. Additionally, you can find loads of space under the sliding armrest cover, which is large enough to store a laptop or a large handbag. 


The Highlander provides ample cargo capacity and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. 




So, if you are looking for a vehicle that can carry your entire crew and their belongings, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is a great option. It is very road efficient, has many cup holders, and awesome video entertainment in the back of both seats with headphones to keep the children quiet and occupied, especially on a long road trip. 


Adults might not fit in the third row, but children can easily slip in and it is also an ideal place to place shopping bags. The ambient temperature in the car’s cabin is always perfect with the vehicle’s adequate heating and cooling system. Although you are driving a huge vehicle, you will be able to handle the car well even if you are not used to an SUV. Furthermore, if you are concerned about how you are going to reverse in a vehicle of such caliber, don’t forget that the 2017 Highlander has a backup camera that is reliable for helping you see everything behind you. 


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