2018 Toyota Highlander SUV

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
24

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Overview

The standard features of the Toyota Highlander LE include 2.7L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Toyota
Highlander SUV

Starting at: $31,030

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    Financing Offer : 3.9% APR for 60 months on select Toyota Highlander models

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    • Estimated APR and payment amount are only available on approved credit if you finance your vehicle through your selected Toyota dealer and Toyota Financial Services. Offer is available to very well qualified credit customers. Your transaction will be subject to negotiation between you and your dealer. Many variables, including current market conditions, your credit history and down payment, will affect your APR and or monthly payment and other terms. See your Toyota dealer for actual pricing including APRs, monthly payments and other terms and special offers. Offers are subject to change or termination at any time. Consult your dealer on program compatibility with other offers. Toyota Financial Services is a service mark of Toyota Motor Credit Corporation. Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 3.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 60 monthly payments of $18.37 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 3.9% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $29.48 per $1000 financed. 3.9% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $27.34 per $1000 financed. 3.9% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $25.51 per $1000 financed. 3.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $22.53 per $1000 financed. 4.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.06 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    College Grad Offer : $750 offer on select Toyota models

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    • College Graduate Finance Program is valid on the lease or finance (including preferred option) of select new untitled Toyota models or on Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUVs). The College Graduate Rebate Program and College Graduate Finance Program are available upon credit approval from and execution of a finance or lease contract through a participating Toyota dealer and Toyota Financial Services (TFS). Not all applicants will qualify. To qualify for the College Graduate Rebate Program and College Graduate Finance Program, customers must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program from an Eligible School (as defined below), or enrolled in or be a graduate from an Eligible School (as defined below) and provide proof of graduation (showing an upcoming graduation within six months OR a recent graduation within two years from the date of signing your vehicle lease or finance contract) from one of the following Eligible Schools located in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands: (a) an accredited four-year college, university or registered nursing program; OR (b) an accredited two-year college associate degree or an undergraduate academic degree as awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges and universities; OR (c) an accredited two-year trade or vocational school; OR (d) an accredited graduate school. In all cases, the student will have two years from receipt of their degree to take advantage of the program. Must provide proof of qualification and any one of the following documents will be accepted: (a) copy of diploma; OR (b) letter from the college/university/trade school registrar's office stating graduation date and type of degree or certification earned; OR (c) copy of the final transcript confirming graduation date and type of degree earned; OR (d) copy of current transcript (or letter from college/university registrar's office) confirming current enrollment in a graduate degree program. Eligible customers must also meet credit approval requirements and furnish proof of present employment or proof of future employment (which will begin within 120 days of credit approval) when submitting credit application. Rebate offered by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Rebate will be applied on TFS lease agreements toward the amount due at lease signing or delivery or capitalized cost reduction or the down payment on TFS finance contracts. Limit one rebate per lease or finance transaction. College Graduate Rebate Program is not compatible with the Toyota Military Rebate Program or iFi Program. College Graduate Programs are subject to change or termination at any time. Some restrictions apply. Programs are not available in AL, FL, GA, NC, and SC. Rebate terms may be more generous in your local area. Ask your participating dealer about the College Graduate Rebate terms in your area. Competitive APRs and lease terms are available on eligible finance contracts with terms up to specified number of months for retail and lease and preferred option financing on new vehicles. See dealer for details. Must pay sales tax. Void where prohibited by law. Rebate not redeemable for cash. -- Offer provided by Toyota Motor Credit Corporation

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 18 deg
  • Departure angle - 23 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 203mm (8.0")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.1"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 24 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/25,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 8
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Reclining 3rd row seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.7 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 4,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.9mm x 104.9mm (3.54" x 4.13")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Payload - 660kg (1,455lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,889kg (4,165lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,570kg (5,665lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,890mm (192.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,925mm (75.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,730mm (68.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,789mm (109.8")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,123mm (44.2")
  • Rear legroom - 975mm (38.4")
  • 3rd row legroom - 704mm (27.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Rear headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • 3rd row headroom - 912mm (35.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,453mm (57.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,158mm (45.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,506mm (59.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,514mm (59.6")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Passenger volume - 4,103L (144.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 391 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,370 L (84 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.7
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 4,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 24mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60SR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60SR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - active
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

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  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LE I4 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE I4 Search New $31,030   185-hp 2.7L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 24  
LE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE V6 Search New $33,080   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 27  
LE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE V6 Search New $34,540   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 26  
LE Plus V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus V6 Search New $35,460   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  21 / 27  
LE Plus V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus V6 Search New $36,920   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 27  
XLE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE V6 Search New $38,920   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  21 / 27  
SE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE V6 Search New $40,090   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  21 / 27  
XLE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE V6 Search New $40,380   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 26  
SE V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE V6 Search New $41,550   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 26  
Limited V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited V6 Search New $42,080   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  21 / 27  
Limited V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited V6 Search New $43,540   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 26  
Limited Platinum V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum V6 Search New $45,200   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  21 / 27  
Limited Platinum V6 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum V6 Search New $46,660   295-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 26  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base engine is 2.7 liters and 185 horsepower with 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s smooth and meaty for a four-cylinder, but it carries too much weight in the Highlander, and the transmission is only a six-speed. Acceleration is reasonable but stressed if pressed. Forget it for towing, rated at a mere 1500 pounds.

The V6 numbers match the best V6 engines in the class, starting with 5000-pound towing. The turbocharged Ford Flex and V8 Dodge Durango are quicker, but that’s not everything.

You can hardly feel the shifts in the eight-speed automatic transmission, although it can be slow to downshift when you accelerate hard.

The Hybrid powers the front wheels mostly with the V6 engine, and the rear wheels solely with the second electric motor. The engine and front motor use a power-split system like Toyota’s other vehicles with Hybrid Synergy Drive. Because this system weighs 350 pounds, the Hybrid is slower, unlike some cars whose hybrid is the quickest.

The handling is pleasant and predictable, with firm electric power steering, but it’s uninspired and vanilla. It’s controlled, but it leans in turns and can be wobbly.

The ride is smooth, not quite cushy, on the standard wheels. The 19-inch wheels allow the jolts to be felt. The soft ride and handling go away in the SE with its firmer suspension.

Walk Around

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The grille and headlamps are aggressive although not distinctive. The Highlander looks like other SUVs, bigger than midsize. Its big square lines make it look more like a truck-based SUV than a smooth crossover.

The grille is angular and protruding; it adds 1.3 inches to the Highlander’s already-long length. It’s silver on lower trim models, black on the SE, and platinum on the Limited, with lights that spell Highlander on the ground. Sounds goofy but it’s cool.

Interior Overview

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The instrument panel has a light touch of truck in it, in the SE model, which goes away as soon as the premium touchscreen comes. Bless those big knobs on the climate control. And big gauges. And no less than five USB ports, and many cubbies, plus an opening storage box on the dash.

The cabin is refined and quiet, with acoustic glass and floor insulation. Almost luxurious. The dashboard is flat and rich. The lines and textures mostly mix well, although they can get busy, which makes the cabin feel less calm than it might.

The long wheelbase of 110 inches allows good room inside, but that’s not quite long enough for an adult-sized third row. Most models have a sliding second-row bench that splits 60/40 and seats three, to make eight passengers; but the Limiteds offer captain’s chairs, or seven passengers.

The so-counted three-seat third row is very small, with little headroom or legroom, kids only. However it is possible for two adults to reach the seats and fit into them. But the third row folds flat, so if you don’t need the space for children, there’s 42.3 cubic feet behind the second row; and with that row folded it’s 83.7 behind the front row, enough room for bunk beds.

The front seats are good, but only the Limited model gets power adjustment; it’s an option with the others. Another option is cooled seats, if you don’t mind feeling hardware through the seat.

The optional sunroof takes up headroom, but you can recline the second row and look up at the sky.

Summary

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The Toyota Highlander is smooth and practical. We can only recommend the V6 with eight-speed. We like the Highlander SE for the handling, and the Highlander LE for its value, including good equipment without the stacked-on price.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Toyota Highlander lineup includes SE, LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models. The Highlander Hybrid comes as LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum.

Highlander LE includes cloth upholstery, 4.2-inch multi-information display, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and four-way passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding and reclining second-row seat, 60/40 split-folding third-row seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, five USB ports, LED taillamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also comes with the Toyota’s Entune AM/FM/CD audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, six speakers, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity and music streaming, and Siri Eyes Free. Also standard are a rearview camera, hill start assist, and eight airbags, including a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.

The sporty SE gets a dark grille, headlamp housings, and roof rails. Inside it gets black leather with silver stitching and patterned inserts.

The fully loaded Limited Platinum gets heated and ventilated front seats, driver’s seat memory, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, a surround-view camera system, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, panoramic sunroof, and front park assist. It also gets Toyota’s Safety Connect system, which includes emergency assistance, a stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification.

Toyota’s upgraded Safety Sense P system is standard, with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, a pedestrian pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

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