2017 Toyota highlander

What is the Towing Capacity of the 2017 Toyota Highlander?

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is an elegantly designed vehicle that offers the best of what Toyota makes: comfort, style, and safety. Keeping in line with Toyota’s array of SUVs, the Highlander offers competitive towing capabilities to fit a variety of drivers.

Do different trims of the Toyota Highlander have different towing capacities?

The 2017 Toyota Highlander offers towing capabilities from 1,500 lbs to 5,000 lbs, depending on what trim of the Highlander you get. More basic trims, such as the LE, offer lower towing capacities while trims such as the XLE and Limited offer higher towing power. Ask your sales rep for specifics about the Highlander you’re interested in to make sure your towing needs are covered.

What can I tow with the 2017 Toyota Highlander?

Remember, when you’re determining safe towing options you need to consider the total weight of what your vehicle is hauling. That includes passengers and any other cargo you might have in the trunk or in the seating area. With that in mind, here are a few things you can tow with different capacities: 


  • Jet skis
  • A small trailer
  • Small farm equipment

  • A mid-size trailer
  • A sedan
  • A medium-size camper

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Highlander parked in driveway
Highlander dashboard

You also want to be careful to not actually hit your car’s towing capacity—it’s all your car can handle, and towing at that very upper limit will greatly strain and eventually wear out your engine. If you’re not sure what your Highlander is set to handle, come check with our mechanics. They can help you understand what you should and shouldn’t be towing as well as help you figure out what to do next if you’ve towed too much and your engine needs some help. If you’re in need of a replacement or an upgrade, our sales team can help you find what you need.