2017 Toyota Highlander How-To: 2017 Highlander Stop & Start Engine System | Toyota

2017 Toyota Highlander How-To: 2017 Highlander Stop & Start Engine System | Toyota

(soft music) – [Narrator] Available on select
2017 Highlander V6 models. Toyota introduce a drivetrain technology that is a first for
Toyota in North America. Stop and start engine system. This new Toyota technology automatically stops,
and restarts the engine while the vehicle is stopped. Essentially putting the
vehicle into a standby state until you are ready to move again. In the right conditions, the system shuts down the engine when the vehicle reaches 0 miles per hour, and then smoothly restarts once brake pedal pressure is released. An icon in the multi information display will illuminate when
the engine is shut off, because of this system. Depending on the route and traffic, as well as your driving style. The system may help return
greater estimated fuel economy of up to one mile per gallon in the city. Because the engine is off
while the system is active, the vehicle is not producing
any emissions while stopped. When the engine is not running, there are no unwanted
engine noises or vibrations. This helps make for a more
peaceful cabin while stopped, similar to that of a hybrid vehicle. Stop and start is active by default. To disable the system, press
the button on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. An indicator icon will come on to confirm the system is canceled. Reactivating the system can be done by pressing the same button, which will start the engine
if it is currently off, or by simply shutting
off the vehicle entirely. The system will
automatically be active again upon the next ignition cycle. You may wish to manually
disable the system in certain driving situations, like towing a trailer, or if your air conditioning
performance is affected, or your windshield fogged up due to the engine being off. You can also change the
engine idling stop time between standard, and extended
in the vehicle settings. This setting only affects
engine idling stop time when the air conditioning system is on. Since the air conditioning
system can cause the engine to restart more frequently using the extended setting will lengthen the engine stop time, but will impact air
conditioning performance. Stop and start is designed to monitor a wide range of inputs, to ensure proper operation
whenever possible. However certain situations, such as when your front
defrost is switched on, may cause the system not to engage, or may restart the engine before you release brake pedal pressure. Check your owner’s manual for
a complete list of conditions that may impact the stop
and start engine system. Toyota’s new stop and start engine system, designed to keep you on the go, even when your engine is at a stop. (upbeat music) – [Male] Toyota, let’s go places.

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  1. I couldn't stop the car's engine, and when I got up the next morning the car was gone I think I left it on all night ;-( I hope whoever has my car is able to shut it off.  No need to give it back, just shut it off so no one else takes it. Thanks to whoever stole my car.

  2. As an engineer, I don't see any benefit for this system to engage at a stop sign. As a matter of fact, based on typical fuel mapping for a starting engine, it may be worse for emissions and fuel economy.

  3. This is a VERY bad system nobody should get. Will it put more strain on the starter? Yes it will. Now, hybrid cars have this system and it is fine, but your talking about a car with a 500 volt battery in the back that can handle it. Your car would need a much, much larger starter than any other car and it would still wear out faster than normal. Your starter will wear out 4 times as fast as a normal car. They say you can get up to 10% improvement in gas mileage with this system. Your talking about a perfect condition where the outside temp. is perfect. That is above 40 degrees and under 85 degrees. Outside of that range you will get under 3 percent difference. That also calls for the air conditioner to not be running. Crank and rod bearings get used most during a start up. This system will wear them out MUCH faster. When that happens you are rebuilding the motor. All of the extra wear on your car for what will reasonably be around 3 or 4 percent gas boost? Do the math. Every penny you save in gas times 100 will be spent on repairing your car from this system! It is a net loss no matter how you look at it. These car companies get pressure from environmental groups to keep getting better gas mileage forcing them into these insane systems. Chevy is guilty as well in a system that shuts down cylinders in the motor one at a time to improve gas mileage by only using the cylinders the computer tells it to. ANYONE and EVEYONE who buys a car with this system will regret it! They say when you start the car you can push a button to turn the system off. That is true but you will have issues with that kill system as well. One problem is they can stick in the on position and cost you a lot of money to get fixed.

  4. They will do away with this system in ALL cars! It is FAR more problems than it's worth just with the 600 percent increase in workload you are putting on your starter, crank and rod bearings! It will be gone within 2 years. Then the people who do have it are going to pay through the nose for repairs to this system.

  5. Thank god they at least put the button to disable that feature. This is an incredibly annoying feature and I'm still looking for a way to permanently disable or remove this garbage feature. It is NOT a smooth stop start (I drive 19 xle brand new) and not always functional either. It is an additional stress to the engine as well.

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