The 3-row crossover SUV 2018 Toyota Highlander gets some technological updates along with minor changes in styling. Even the drive train has got some boost. Overall, the new model is well equipped to take on rivals from stables of Ford, GM, and Nissan. Beyond doubt, the Highlander is among the most popular and top selling models of Toyota but the company is not content with it. The rivals are also catching up quickly and that explains why Toyota has given the 2018 Highlander a makeover.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Trims and Design
The 2018 Toyota Highlander is available in 6 trims-LE, LE Plus, SE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. The first change in the exterior that will catch your eyes is the revised grille and sleeker headlamps. The grille styling changes as per trim.
The cabin of the 2018 Highlander looks suave and classy. However, is the case with these vehicles, the third row is suitable only for teens and kids.
Technology and Safety
The 2018 Toyota Highlander scores well both in technology and safety fronts. The LE trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors, Toyota Safety Sense bundle, rearview camera, cloth upholstery and also a Bluetooth. The Toyota Safety Sense also contains automatic high beams, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation.
In LE Plus, you get height-adjustable power liftgate, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite and HD radio, 8-inch touch screen. Furthermore, in the XLE trim, you get the sunroof, leather upholstery, keyless entry, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring. SE gets LED running lights, sporty interior trim, and 19-inch wheels. However, in Limited trim, you get LED running lights, rear cargo cover, rear parking sensors, JBL audio system with 12-speakers. In range-topping Limited Platinum trim, you get panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking camera, automatic wipers, heated steering wheel, and Safety Connect emergency communications.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Under the Hood
The base LE trim gets a 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit that makes 185 HP. However, it is clubbed with a six-speed automatic transmission unit. All other trims get a 3.5-liter V-6 engine as standard which makes 295 HP and is definitely more powerful. This engine is paired with a better eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. There is a hybrid version that has an output of 306 HP. The thick acoustic glass shuts out the noise and floor insulation also helps keep interior even quieter. Also, the ride quality is reasonably good.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Price and Availability
The 2018 Toyota Highlander pricing starts at $ 31.000 approx. the top trim price may touch $ 47.000. It will be made available for sale in late 2017.
The upcoming model is a decent crossover SUV that impresses with its focus on technology and options. The styling is sleek and the cabin is practically designed. Wheel cargo space is not great and amenities are not class leading, Toyota’s focus on safety features deserves applauds. The environment lovers can go for the hybrid variant. Finally, it stacks up well against segment rivals like Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Durango.