Hello friends! Two weekends ago, we headed up to the Eagle Rock Ski Resort in the Toyota Highlander SE 2017. It was snowing, but nothing too crazy. So we tested out the Highlander that was delivered to me on loan from Toyota, and made a fun ski trip out of it!
Ski Trip with the Toyota Highlander SE
Each winter, we go snowboarding, skiing, and/or tubing in Central PA. We have a property there, so all these winter activities are free. My husband even has his own snowboard. I, on the other hand, prefer to ski. This time around though, I skipped and did snow tubing with the little kiddos – my nieces! I wasn’t feeling the slopes. Before our planned winter activities, it had gotten warm, making some areas icy, instead of that powder-feel.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of photos. Call it zombie brain! So no photos of our whole group. Some are in the video though. And while the guys and one of my nieces enjoyed snowboarding, my sister-in-law, the littlest niece, and I enjoyed our hotel room (after tubing). Can you see that amazing view?
Toyota Highlander SE Review
Now, let’s talk about the Toyota Highlander SE 2017. There are a lot of things that I enjoyed about this car. So I’ll be listing them and sharing a little bit more with the photos below. But I’m also going to point out other things that I think it could improve on.
- While this is a big SUV that can accommodate up to 8 people, I was surprised that when you’re driving, it feels like a compact car. I noticed the huge difference from driving another SUV. This was easier to drive when you’re in tight spots or roads. And of course, even easier to park. However, I felt like I wanted it to be higher, so I can see more when driving. But that’s coming from someone used to driving a taller SUV.
- The drive was smooth. It’s pretty fuel efficient too for an SUV – with about 22 mpg average, 26 mpg on the highway. But I have to say though, for me, this Highlander SE V6 AWD is a bit sluggish compared to other SUVs I’ve driven. And that’s even after switching from ECO mode to SPORT mode. But for a daily driver, I’m happy with it.
- Comparing it to other higher-end vehicles in the same class, I’m happy that it’s got all the bells and whistles too – auto bright, heated seats, lane departure assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, tire pressure monitor, etc. However, the adaptive cruise control turns off when it slows down to a certain speed. When it reaches below 32 mph, the adaptive cruise control will stop, and you’ll need to do your own braking. In other vehicles, the adaptive cruise control will continue to run, so that it will do the braking for you even up to a full stop. And when you press on resume, it will accelerate for you up to your set mph. So I wish it could do that too.
- I also like the auto-off engine feature or what they call the Smart Stop. What’s that? Say for example you’re at a traffic or at a stop light and you pressed on the brakes hard for a period of time, it will turn off the engine automatically to save you gas. And when you step on the gas to move, it will turn the engine back on. Pretty cool.
Watch This Video of our Ski Trip with the Toyota Highlander
I am pretty impressed with the interior of the Toyota Highlander. I recently drove a higher-end SUV, but for some reason, I’m finding the interior on the Highlander more slick! Plus points for that built-in sun shade!
Also, thank you for the touch screen! I’ve seen other luxury SUVs that don’t have it!
Also, I like that it has a spacious trunk even if the third row is up. But if you need to haul stuff, you can totally lay that third row flat down. P.S. Can you see the snow falling in between the camera and the Highlander? Yep.
It had been snowing most of the time when I had the Toyota Highlander SE with me. So yeah, all photos I took had snow in it! But you can find more photos and more details about this awesome SUV over at toyota.com.
Okay, well there is one photo without snow. But I’m not even kidding, it snowed after taking this shot!
Thanks to Toyota for letting me drive the Highlander! It’s definitely a great car that I highly consider and recommend! Now, where to go next?