2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Toyota Tundra is full-size pickup that offers serious off-roading capability in a comfortable and quiet interior accommodation. Although it may not be as popular as its other American rivals, the Tundra offers plenty of reasons that should probably make you consider it on your shopping list. The Tundra release date is set for the 2017 summer, if rumors by those in the know are anything to go by.

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The winning formula that has been part and parcel of Toyota Tundra has more or less features strong V8 powertrains, an off-road themed capability, colossal CrewMax cab, and a large double cab. On the flipside, though, the Tundra fails to offer a V6 engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, and a smooth ride quality.

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While the previous model gained an upgraded electronics interface, a standard integrated trailer brake control, and an upgraded front and rear fascia, the new model comes with a tweaked exterior, a more refined interior hosting upgraded technologies and materials, and better off-roading. Regardless of what happens on its facets, what remains as the denominator is its unabashedly American creation.

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But it isn’t the only vehicle that has the American flare, trucks from GM, Ram, and Ford are serious contenders here, too. In fact, the Tundra is, in comparison, to these trucks, at a disadvantage if the sales volume is anything to go by. Mark you, it isn’t because the Tundra is Japanese, as it is built and produced in Texas. Much of what ails it is, by and large, its age.

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Although the new model has gained a substantial refresh relative to the outgoing model that has brought about updated features, an improved cabin, a revised styling, and better cabin layout, the changes are akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to building from scratch. Take for instance its rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500, which have improved in leaps and bounds. The Ford F-150 comes with strong turbocharged engines, a lightweight aluminum body, and redesign interior layout. The Ram 1500 gains an efficient and powerful turbo-diesel engine, a smooth ride quality thanks to the smooth-riding coil spring suspension system, and a slightly improved fuel economy over the previous model.

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Finally, the Chevrolet Silverado too comes with incremental changes over the previous model it is replacing. It keeps up with the Joneses thanks to a myriad of changes on its exterior, and interior. The output also sees fuel economy gains. While the Toyota Tundra is arguably among the best when it comes to off-roading, its fuel economy ratings and power don’t meet the required threshold to be noticeable in the segment. In all fairness, the new 2017 Tundra simply doesn’t make the cut given the available options available in the segment today. We find it extremely difficult to recommend it to shoppers looking for a serious, all-rounded pickup truck.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date & Price

As already mentioned, its release date should be expected sometime in the summer of 2017. Toyota is yet to make the pricing details known, however, this hasn’t stopped the best brains in the industry from coming up with the best case scenarios. At its best, the Tundra will probably costs an MSRP starting from $32,000 – that is, considering Toyota actually makes substantial changes. On the other hand, minimal changes will stagnate the price at the current cost estimates at $29,900.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Exterior

Rumors within the industry allege the new model will come with several key changes on both its front and rear fascia. The front end will probably feature a menacing chrome accented grille, larger air intakes, and redesigned headlights. All these should aid it in offering a better stance than before. Some of the highlights that the exterior will offer include a damped tailgate, heated mirrors, eighteen-inch steel wheels, off-road tires, automatic LED headlights, a sunroof (Platinum), and a skid plates.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Interior

Accessories available should include keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a CD player, air conditioning, HD and satellite radio, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

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Available Trims

Six trims, unless slightly changed on its release date, are available: SR, SR5, Platinum, Limited, TRD Pro, and the 1794 Edition.

Engine Specs

As of this writing, two engines are available for the Toyota Tundra 2017: a 4.6L V8 engine able to crank out 310 hp and 327 lbs. ft. of torque, and a 5.7L V8 able to send 381 horsepower to the wheels.

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In government crash tests, the new Toyota Tundra achieved four stars out of the possible five for frontal and side crash impact protection, five stars for rear impact, and four stars for overall crash impact protection.

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2017 Toyota Tundra red color, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

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2017 Toyota Tundra interior, leather seats

2017 Toyota Highlander Release Date, Info & Specs

Pleasing and comfortable to ride, the new Toyota Highlander for 2017 isn’t a no-brainer pick for shoppers looking for a larger family crossover. Some of its strengths include a refined cabin, a functional cabin, seating capacity for up to eight people, a strong and smooth V6 engine, and a serene compliant ride. Its release date should be expected mid next year.

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The new Toyota Highlander for 2017, which is in its fourth year of the vehicle’s present generation, remains one our favorites in this segment. For a majority of shoppers who are turned off by the thought of owning a V8-powered toy-hauling juggernaut or minivans, the highlander, with its third rows of seating, undoubtedly hits the right spots.

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Whichever the trim level you choose, the vehicle has a long standing in terms of a comfortable and spacious cabin. You also have the option of reducing the seating capacity to eight people if you opt for the second-rose captain’s chairs. Driving the Highlander has never been this better. It comes with a V6-powered engine mated to a six-speed auto transmission that makes the driving experience smooth and effortless.

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Interior wise, Toyota has provided lots of contemporary smartphone-integrated services and tech tools that make life inside the Highlander bearable for long distances. Unlike other vehicles in its segment, the vehicle packs enough goodness that has made it difficult for us to recommend any other vehicle. Nonetheless, it is always great to sample other vehicles in the segment before making you ultimate decision. As such, some of its alternatives include the 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Dodge Durango, and the 2017 Honda Pilot.

Available Trims – Toyota Highlander

The midsize three-row crossover is offered in a walloping five trims: base LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and the top-rated Limited Platinum trim. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Interior Changes & Exterior Review – 2017 Toyota Highlander

The refreshed base LE trim offers standard cloth seating, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 60/40-split third-row seating, a CD player, USB/iPod interface, a six-speaker audio interface, manually-adjustable front seats, 18” alloy wheels, a 6.1” central touchscreen interface, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated outside mirrors, reclining and sliding 60/40-split second-row seats, and voice controls.

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Opting for the LE Plus gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8” display screen, HD and satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, an adjustable-height power liftgate, a flip-up rear hatch window, foglights, and an automatic climate control (tri-zone).

Upgrading to the XLE adds a 110-V power outlet smartphone app integration, driver voice amplification for rear passenger communication, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a navigation system, an 8” central display, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, roof rails, a sunroof, and retractable second-row sunshades.

2017 Toyota Highlander interior, leather seats and dashboard

At the top of the food chain is the Limited trim that offers driver memory settings, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system, LED running lights, 19” wheels, rear-cross traffic alert, a four-way power passenger seat, ventilated and heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, a blind-spot monitoring system, and second-row captain’s chairs.

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The trim above can also equipped with the optional Driver Technology package which offers automatic collision notification system, stolen vehicle location, a frontal impact crash mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

A 2.7l four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 184 lbs. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the base 2017 Toyota Highlander LE trim. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system which transfers the power to the front wheel. Its fuel consumption according to EPA stands at 20/25/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Toyota Highlander engine

Optional for the LE and standard for the rest of the lineup is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 270 hp and 248 lbs. of torque. Again, the power here is transferred by the six-speed automatic transmission system to either the front-or all- wheel-drive system. The EPA ratings for the V6 are 19/25/21 mpg for the FWD, and 18/24/20 mpg with the AWD.

2017 Toyota Highlander Price & Release Date

The redesigned Toyota Highlander for 2017 will probably hit our dealerships mid-next year according to online sources. And with just $29,990 to spare, you will be riding one of the Highlanders home.


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2017 Toyota Highlander front view, headlights and grille

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2017 Toyota Avalon Release Date, Specs and Review

With its combination of style, overall quality, comfort, and a willing performance, the new and refreshed Toyota Avalon 2017 comes with a myriad of changes. Some of its pros include a new XLE trim, upscale and quiet cabin, above average fuel economy rating, a spacious seating, and tones of standard equipment. Rumors allege that its release date is set for this fall.

2017 Toyota Avalon
2017 Toyota Avalon

Some of the leaked XLE’s details include a 7” screen, a new front grille, a standard Entune Audio Plus system, new turn signals, and Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link. However, the engine department remains unchanged and features the existing 3.5L V6 base engine.

We all know too well the conservative nature with which the Avalon has characterized its existence. But don’t get me the wrong way, the Avalon has rather shied away from fashion and style fads in favor of comfort and no-nonsense design. However, things seem to be moving in the opposite direction with the 2013 design which brought about subtle changes including sporty handling and a stylish exterior design.

2017 Toyota Avalon exterior

Despite Toyota undertaking such a massive risk, the vehicle still managed to keep things alive and gave it a modern appeal and a pleasant driving character. In addition it comes with a serene and comfortable interior in addition to offering plenty of space for its passengers. Plenty of top-notch features are available even for its base, for instance, the base comes with fitted with upscale features like leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, and smartphone app integration.

Still, the new 2017 Toyota Avalon comes with some few features worth lamenting over. Most notable one is the firm ride quality that might upset traditional Avalon buyers. Fortunately though, the segment comes with a plethora of choices. They include Kia Cadenza 2017, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, and 2017 Chrysler 300 sedan.

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Toyota Avalon – Available Trims

For the 2017 Toyota Avalon, buyers should expect up to six trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, Limited and top-of-the-line Touring Sport. The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Interior Colors & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Toyota Avalon

Starting off the trim lineup is the base XLE trim that should be expected to come equipped with heated exterior mirrors, a four-way power front passenger seat, automatic headlights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control (dual zone), and adaptive cruise control. Electronic features include an eight-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB interface, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, and an auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Toyota Avalon front
2017 Toyota Avalon front

The new XLE Plus adds the base’s equipment feature list and adds Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link, standard Entune Audio Plus system, new front grille, and a 7” display. We will update the list once we get hold of more information.

2017 Toyota Avalon back
2017 Toyota Avalon back

Picking the XLE Premium trim gets you a power sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, auto-dimming aftview camera, and LED headlights.

Opting for the XLE Touring gets you a nine-speaker sound system, smartphone app integration, 18” wheels, 7” infotainment screen, foglights, a navigation system, rear-cross traffic alert, driver memory settings, and blind-spot monitoring.

Nearing the top of the lineup is the XLE Touring Sport that adds ventilated leather upholstery, xenon headlights, black-colored alloy wheels, and dark-blue-piping-embedment on the seats.

The Limited comes bundled with heated rear seats, upgraded leather upholstery, automatic climate control (tri-zone), xenon headlights, an eight-way adjustable power front passenger seat, JBL premium sound system, a rear power sunshade, ventilated front seats, automatic wipers, upgraded leather upholstery, and driver power lumbar.

Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota Avalon

A carryover 3.5L V6 engine rated at 270 horsepower and 248 lbs. of torque comes beneath the 2017 Toyota Avalon hood. The power is transmitted via the six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

2017 Toyota Avalon engine

During our test drive, the XLE model was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is impressive going by what other models in the same segment offer.

As per the EPA ratings, expect anything around the existing model’s fuel economy ratings which stand at 21/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Price & 2017 Toyota Avalon Release Date

Rumors allege that the 2017 Toyota Avalon’s release date is set for this fall. As for the price, this is what Toyota has provided: the XLE V6 starts at 33,485USD inclusive of the destination charge, the fresh XLE Plus – $35,235 including shipping charges, and $37,484 for the Avalon Hybrid model.

2017 Toyota Avalon release date
2017 Toyota Avalon release date

You could also download the online 2016 Avalon eBroncure to check the availability of the new accessories.

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