2018 Toyota Highlander

Original MSRP Range
$31,230 - $48,480
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
19 - 30 MPG City / 24 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2018 Toyota Highlander

What We Like

Standard accident avoidance tech; superior fuel economy; a just-right size in terms of interior space and exterior maneuverability; excellent reliability reputationSee the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid models for sale near you

What We Don't

Will take a while to pay back hybrid price premium; third-row seat less roomy than those of rivals; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Toyota Highlander?

After significant updates were made last year, the 2018 Highlander Hybrid carries over unchanged. To know more about what changed last year, read 2016 vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: What's the Difference?

Which Highlander is the Best?

Now that it has a full range of trim levels, the Highlander Hybrid is much easier to recommend. The base LE is actually very well equipped, but we think you'll find the XLE's extra features (leather, heated power seats, power liftgate, sunshades) to be well worth the extra cost.

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How Much Does a 2018 Toyota Highlander Cost?

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid can be had in LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels.

Standard equipment on the base LE ($36,700) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, forward-collision and automatic braking, lane-departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, a windshield wiper de-icer, proximity entry and keyless start, a backup camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 6.1-in Toyota Entune touchscreen, Bluetooth, five USB ports and a 6-speaker sound system.

The XLE ($41,700) gains a height-adjustable power tailgate, a flip-up rear window, a sunroof, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, second-row sunshades, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, satellite and HD radios, a navigation system and an 8.1-in Entune touchscreen.

The Limited ($45,200) gains 19-in wheels, LED running/accent lighting, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, second-row captain's chairs (reduces seating capacity to seven) and a 12-speaker sound system.

The Limited Platinum ($48,300) upgrades the sunroof to panoramic status, and adds front parking sensors, an upgraded 360-degree parking camera, automatic wipers and a heated steering wheel. The XLE and Limited trims can be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system that features a single 9-in display.

Highlander Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD (Natl)$36,870 / $33,6624 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid30630 / 28Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD (Natl)$48,480 / $44,2636 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD (Natl)$45,360 / $41,4146 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD (Natl)$41,930 / $38,2836 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE I4 FWD (Natl)$31,230 / $28,5124 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid18520 / 24Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD (Natl)$37,120 / $33,8914 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD (Natl)$35,660 / $32,5584 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE V6 AWD (Natl)$34,740 / $31,7184 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29519 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE V6 FWD (Natl)$33,280 / $30,3854 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD (Natl)$46,860 / $42,7846 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited V6 AWD (Natl)$43,740 / $39,9356 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited V6 FWD (Natl)$42,280 / $38,6026 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander SE V6 AWD (Natl)$41,750 / $38,1196 Cylinder29520 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander SE V6 FWD (Natl)$40,290 / $36,7856 Cylinder29521 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander XLE V6 AWD (Natl)$40,580 / $37,0516 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander XLE V6 FWD (Natl)$39,120 / $35,7176 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Toyota Highlander Safety

Is the 2018 Toyota Highlander a Safe Car?

No other 3-row crossover can top the 2018 Highlander Hybrid's standard safety equipment. Besides the usual allotment of antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera, it boasts a driver knee airbag, a front passenger under-cushion airbag, forward-collision warning, automatic braking and lane-departure warning and keeping. The XLE trim and above includes blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

In government crash tests, the Highlander Hybrid received a perfect 5-star overall rating, with a 5-star score in frontal- and side-impact tests and a 4-star rollover rating. In tests conducted by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Highlander received a coveted Top Safety Pick due to its high marks in all pertinent crashworthiness, crash-prevention and headlight categories.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Lane Departure Alert

Competition

2018 Toyota Highlander vs the competition

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid -- A minivan! Yuck! OK, give us and the Pacifica a chance, as this is really the only other hybrid people hauler available. It'll also outdo the Highlander's interior space and fuel economy -- it's actually a plug-in hybrid that can go 33 miles on electricity alone and boasts an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe.

2018 Honda Pilot -- OK, so it's not a hybrid, but the Honda Pilot is the Highlander's closest competitors in all other key areas, including interior quality, fuel economy and pricing. It has a more spacious interior, though, without sacrificing maneuverability.

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid -- This is going to be more expensive than the Highlander, but as it's too new to realistically be a used choice, it's also your only real alternative for a hybrid 3-row SUV. It has even less third-row space than the Highlander, but it has a much nicer cabin and sharper driving dynamics.

Used Lexus RX 450h -- If you don't really need the Highlander's 3-row space and can't pony up for the MDX, the RX 450h is your best hybrid SUV bet that still maintains the superior reliability that Toyota/Lexus offer. It'll cost more, so you'll probably need to consider a used model.

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