21/27  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
7.6  Sec.
0-60 MPH
13.8  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Toyota Highlander?

After giving the Highlander some significant upgrades in 2017, Toyota opted to leave the SUV unchanged for the 2018 model year. Some of the more notable upgrades from the 2017 refresh were dynamic exterior styling, upgraded powertrain, Toyota Safety Sense™ standard, and three new colors: Salsa Red Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Celestial Silver Metallic.

What Are The 2018 Toyota Highlander Trim Levels & Features?

The 2018 Highlander comes in seven trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The base LE model isn't short on features and includes an integrated backup camera, eight exterior color options, and seating for eight passengers. Step up to the XLE and you'll find features such as a Push Button Start system, leather-trimmed seats in both the front seats and second row, blind spot monitoring, and a large power moonroof. The top-of-the-line Limited Platinum gives drivers a useful bird's eye camera view, a heated steering wheel, heated seats for the front and second row, Entune™ premium audio, and Toyota Safety Connect® standard. Starting at the XLE, the 2018 Highlander can also be equipped with second-row captain's chairs in place of the bench seat which boosts comfort for second-row passengers but brings the overall seating capacity down to seven.

How Much Horsepower Does The 2018 Toyota Highlander Have?

2018 Toyota HighlanderOne of the biggest changes to the 2017 model year that has been carried into the 2018 Highlander is the upgraded 3.5L DOHC V6 that delivers 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque while still giving an impressive 23 mpg in combined highway/city driving. This was a big improvement over the 2016 model's engine which gave 270 horsepower, 248 lb-ft of torque, and 21 mpg for combined driving. This powerful engine is found in all trim levels of the 2018 Toyota Highlander other than the base LE which is only trim that features a smaller 2.7L I-4 DOHC 185hp engine. The V6 also includes an engine start/stop function which turns off the engine automatically when the car is stopped to boost fuel economy.

What Safety Features Do The 2018 Toyota Highlander Have?

2018 Toyota HighlanderAs expected, the 2018 Toyota Highlander was listed as a top safety pick for midsize SUVs by the IIHS. All trim levels now include the Toyota Safety Sense™ package which includes features such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam headlights, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control. In addition to these impressive safety features, the 2018 Highlander also features the Star Safety System™ which includes six active features including Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Brake Assist (BA). The Highlander features multiple LATCH anchors to keep even the tiniest passengers safe and secure. Finally, all trim levels can also be equipped with all-wheel drive to keep your precious cargo safe in adverse weather conditions.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is the great choice when you're shopping for a midsize SUV if you want a vehicle that is both safe and enjoyable to drive. Visit us at Toyota of Richardson today to check one out or contact us to schedule a test drive.

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