When the updates to the 2017 Toyota Highlander were announced during the last quarter of 2016, drivers nationwide were thrilled to discover that big things were afoot for the popular large crossover SUV. It was revealed that four engine options would be offered, one of which would be a hybrid option. However, the big news was something else altogether: several Highlander trims would now feature a Stop and Start Engine System. So, what is this, and how does it work?
2017 Toyota Highlander Stop and Start Engine System
First off, let’s get to the basics. The Toyota Stop and Start Engine System is already available on our hybrid models, since the Atkinson Cycle engines are part and parcel to what makes them a hybrid in the first place. However, the addition of this technology to a gas-powered engine is definitely new. In fact, the Highlander is the first North American-built Toyota to receive this technology
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How does the Stop and Start Engine System Work?
Many of us who routinely commute to work will frequently find ourselves in traffic for a certain amount of time, and that means that we sit at traffic lights for several minutes at once. This, of course, means that we are spending valuable gasoline. With the Stop and Start Engine System, the engine shuts off and provides electrical power at this time, helping to limit emissions and cutting off the need for gasoline power.
Which 2017 Toyota Highlander Trims Get Stop and Start Technology?
For the new model year, five gas-powered trims of the Highlander will receive Stop and Start Engine Systems. These are the LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. In addition to the available Highlander Hybrid, this means that roughly 85% of Highlanders will boast this awesome feature.
To see this feature in action, check out the video we’ve attached below. And then, once you’re properly impressed, visit us at Hesser Toyota to get to know this tech for yourself!