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2018 Toyota Highlander Overview

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Customized performance, up-to-date safety features, and an affluent interior make a winning combination for any family on the market for a quality SUV. The 2018 Toyota Highlander elaborates on its reputation for providing a gratifying drive paired with your choice of powertrain and a spectrum of interior perks that endow the vehicle with unparalleled sophistication. Elevate your driving experience when you bring this winsome family-friendly ride home.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is available in eight trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE, and Hybrid Limited.

Every non-hybrid trim comes with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) and available all-wheel drive (AWD). Hybrid models are offered with AWD only.


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What’s New for the 2018 Toyota Highlander?

Although there’s no major changes on the 2018 Highlander, the model continues to attract  a large following due to its family-friendly safety, quality interior, and cutting-edge technology.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Exterior

The 2018 Toyota Highlander boasts a contoured exterior that matches the model’s emphasis on contemporary capability rather than on flashy style. Streamlined headlights and taillights complement the bold front grille design, for a confident image on the road.

Like the 2017 model year, the 2018 Highlander is available in eight hues, depending on your preference: Blizzard Pearl, Midnight Black Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Alumina Jade Metallic.

2018 Toyota Highlander Exterior Photos:

Exterior features available on LE 

Projector-beam halogen chrome-accent headlights with auto on/off feature, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature, LED taillights and stop lights, Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal lights and folding feature, Color-keyed outside door handles, 18-inch five-spoke machined alloy wheels and black center caps, Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers and intermittent rear wipers, Windshield wiper de-icer, UV reduction glass on all windows, High Solar Energy Absorbing (HSEA) glass on front and rear side windows, Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high-mount stop light

Exterior features available on LE Plus
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Integrated fog lights, 18-inch five-spoke machined alloy wheels with gunmetal-gray finish and black center caps, Flip-up rear hatch window, Height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection

Exterior features available on XLE
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Blind spot warning indicators for outside mirrors, Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade and jam protection, 18-inch turbine-look alloy wheels with painted finish and black center caps, Chromtec® roof rails

Exterior features available on SE
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Projector-beam halogen dark-black-accent headlights, Headlight-integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, 19-inch multi-spoke machined alloy wheels with black finish and black center caps, Dark-painted roof rails

Exterior features available on Limited
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Puddle light feature for exterior mirrors, 19-inch five-spoke Chromtec® alloy wheels and black center caps, Chromtec® roof rails, Rear bumper chrome garnish

Exterior features available on Hybrid LE
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Hybrid Blue accent badges, Black front and rear mudguards, Flip-up rear hatch window

Exterior features available on Hybrid XLE
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Hybrid Blue accent badges, 19-inch five-spoke Dark Chromtec® alloy wheels with black center caps, Black front and rear mudguards

Exterior features available on Hybrid Limited
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Hybrid Blue accent badges, Black front and rear mudguards

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2018 Toyota Highlander Performance

The new Highlander has a spectrum of powertrains to suit different needs. The base version comes with a 2.4-liter; it yields 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The middle trims offer a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out a healthy dose of 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The top-of-the-line hybrid trims are where the Highlander really shines, however. All three hybrid versions are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 650-volt permanent-magnet motors mated to an Electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). Speed demons will enjoy a thrilling ride each time they step behind the wheel, thanks to 306 total system horsepower.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Efficiency

Unlike many vehicles, the new Highlander’s top trim outranks the base trim in fuel efficiency. The LE trim achieves an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. Middle trims provide an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. For peak efficiency and power, however, opt for the highest trim level, the Hybrid LE; it yields 30 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Interior

The new Toyota Highlander continues to stun passengers with a superbly plush interior with convenient details and the latest technology to make road trips delightful. A variety of options enables you to make the cabin as moderately comfortable or as opulently plush as you desire. Available perks include heated leather seats, a rear cargo area tonneau cover, and a power tilt/slide moonroof. Long drives will seem shorter with advanced technology such as the Entune™ 8.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with navigation, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio,  and 12 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers.

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Interior features available on LE

  • Interior: Front and rear air conditioning with air filter and second- and third-row vents, Fabric-trimmed front- and second-row seats, Six-way adjustable driver’s seat, Four-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split-sliding-reclining fold-flat second-row seats, Fabric-trimmed 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seat with sliding headrests and recline function, Gated shift lever with knob and silver metallic shift bezel plus LED indicator illumination, Tilt/telescopic three-spoke steering wheel with metallic accents and controls, Soft-touch upper door trim with metallic accent, Fabric-covered door armrest area with black interior door handles, Rear liftgate window defogger, Day/night rearview mirror, Overhead console, Soft-touch in-dash shelf with easy cable management feature, Eight cup holders and four bottle holders, Dual sun visors with sliding and illuminated vanity mirrors, Four cargo area tie-down hooks
  • Radio and Technology: Integrated backup camera with projected path, Entune™ 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA playback capability, Six speakers, Auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control, Advanced voice recognition, Hands-free phone book capability, Phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, Siri® Eyes Free, Intelligent Touch controls, 4.2-inch color LCD multi-information display, Optitron instrumentation, Two 12V auxiliary power outlets, Five USB ports

Interior features available on LE Plus
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  • Interior: Three-zone automatic climate control with separate second-row control panel, Fabric- and SofTex®-trimmed front- and second-row seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power thigh and lumbar support, Fabric- and SofTex®-trimmed third-row seat, Gated shift lever with silver metallic/leather-trimmed knob and silver metallic shift bezel, Soft-touch upper door trim with metallic accent, Leatherette-trimmed door armrest area with black interior door handles
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ 8.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with navigation, Scout® GPS for Cars, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with three-month trial, HD Radio™ Technology, HD Radio™ Traffic and Weather in major metro areas

Interior features available on XLE
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  • Interior: Leather-trimmed front- and second-row seats, Heated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power thigh and lumbar support, Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, Second-row captain’s chairs with side table, SofTex®-trimmed third-row seat, Leather-trimmed steering wheel, Leather-trimmed door armrest area with satin chrome interior door handles, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Second-row retractable window sunshades
  • Radio and Technology: Entune® App Suite, HD Radio™ Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay, AM/FM cache radio, Gracenote® album cover art, Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with Push Button Start, One 120-volt auxiliary AC power outlet, Driver Easy Speak driver voice amplification, Anti-theft with alarm and engine immobilizer, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior features available on SE
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  • Interior: Soft-touch upper door trim with technical pattern accent, Blue LED ambient lighting

Interior features available on Limited
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  • Interior: Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front-row seats, Memory function for driver’s seat, Perforated and leather-trimmed second-row captain’s chairs, Power windows with auto up/down and jam protection in all positions, Rear cargo area tonneau cover
  • Radio and Technology: Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines, 12 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers, Rear park assist sonar

Interior features available on Hybrid LE
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  • Interior: Optitron instrumentation with hybrid system power meter
  • Radio and Technology: Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with Push Button Start

Interior features available on Hybrid XLE
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  • Interior: 60/40 split-sliding-reclining fold-flat second-row seats, Optitron instrumentation with hybrid system power meter

Interior features available on Hybrid Limited
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  • Interior: Optitron instrumentation with hybrid system power meter
  • Radio and Technology: Safety Connect®

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2018 Toyota Highlander Safety

The protective technology on the 2018 Highlander will boost your confidence each time you set out on a new adventure. Star Safety System™ outfits the vehicle with features to improve braking, stability, and traction no matter what road conditions you face. The Toyota Safety Sense™ P package delivers contemporary driver assist technology for even more peace of mind when you sit behind the wheel. It incorporates useful amenities such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist to help you and your family avoid accidents.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Toyota Highlander

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Star Safety System™ — Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology®
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats
  • Three-point seatbelts for all seating positions with driver-side Emergency Locking Tractor and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor on all passenger belts
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors and driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-protector rear door locks
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones and side-impact door beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Hill Start Assist Control
  • Downhill Assist Control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • ToyotaCare with no-cost maintenance plan and roadside assistance

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