2018 Toyota Highlander

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$31,230

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

22

Combined MPG

8

Seating capacity

192.5” x 68.1”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Consistent cabin quality in first and second rows
  • Handy dashboard device tray
  • Huge storage bin between front seats
  • Power-adjustable cushion length available (driver's seat)

The bad:

  • Sluggish acceleration from a stop (V-6)
  • Firm, busy ride
  • Vague steering feel
  • Whistling sound at highway speeds
  • Small third row
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not offered

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Hybrid version available
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2018 Toyota Highlander review: Our expert's take


What it is: The Toyota Highlander is a three-row SUV that competes with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe and others. It’s available as a hybrid or a traditional gas-powered SUV.


The base LE trim comes with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Other gas models use a 3.5-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic, and they’re available with front- or all-wheel drive.


All Highlander Hybrid models come with a 3.5-liter V-6, continuously variable automatic transmission, nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and all-wheel drive. An electric motor powers the rear axle for on-demand AWD.


There are no changes this year.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Vehicle I loved is now a regret

I loved this vehicle until I tried to transport 3 grandchildren in it. I bought it because of them for its safety and reliability. But I have tried every possible car seat configuration and unless you are 100 lb to fit between the seats without moving them, it is a nightmare! You think you have it figured out then there isn’t a tether attachment for that seat or there aren’t anchors for that seat. There are 3 tether attachments and 3 sets of anchors so you either stand on your head to get the kids in (and then the one in the back has very little room for his feet) or you keep one rear facing (no tether, use the seat belt instead of anchors) for 3 across the middle seat, until one of them gets big enough to change the rear facing out for a booster. The only other way is to make sure you buy one with middle seat captain chairs! Cautionary tale I wish someone had told me. This has turned my purchase of this vehicle into a regret.

5.0

Best Car Ever!!!!!

This is my second Highlander. The first was a 2008 model and still in the family running great. This model has also served me well. I have 75,000 miles on it. I bought new tires at 60,000 and just had the battery replaced 3 weeks ago. The car runs great!

5.0

The 2018 Highlander is awesome

Smooth ride with tons of safety features Great gas mileage Roomy Only dislike is no Apple car play. Will buy another in future 5 stars

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Safety

Based on the 2018 Toyota Highlander base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
18.5%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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