2018 Toyota Highlander Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Although the Toyota Highlander received no major changes for 2018, it should still be at the top of your list if you’re shopping for a midsize SUV. What truly sets the Highlander apart from rivals in its class are the impressively long list of safety features that come standard with its Toyota Safety Sense system.


Features designed to help you avoid accidents such as automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection and dynamic cruise control,  could wind up costing you thousands of dollars in competing SUV’s. Not so with the Highlander.


The Highlander provides a comfortable, steady and quiet ride. On the outside, it boasts a bold front grille. Inside, you’ll find an inviting, spacious interior that will seat eight people over three rows. But keep in mind, the third row should be reserved for passengers of shorter stature. Other standard amenities on the Highlander include: five USB ports, Bluetooth and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system.


Move up to the range-topping Highlander Limited Platinum AWD that we tested and you’ll add a surround-view camera, panoramic moonroof, leather seats,  heated/ventilated front seats, reclining third-row seats, front parking sensors, a heated steering wheel and 19-in. five-spoke alloy wheels, blind spot monitor rear cross-traffic alert. 


The Platinum trim is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 295 horsepower that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Highlander comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is optional. The V6 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.


Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,230.

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