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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

  • Manufacturer Offer

    0.9% APR for 60 months on select Toyota Highlander models

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    Applies to select new 2018 Toyota Highlander.

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    • 0.9% APR Financing for 36 Months - $28.16 per $1,000 borrowed OR 0.9% APR Financing for 48 Months - $21.22 per $1,000 borrowed OR 0.9% APR Financing for 60 Months - $17.05 per $1,000 borrowed OR 3.9% APR Financing for 72 Months - $15.60 per $1,000 borrowed. No down payment with approved credit through Toyota Financial Services – Tier 1 Plus and 1 only. Not all customers will qualify for lowest rate. Must take retail delivery from new 2018 dealer stock between 03-01-2018 and 04-02-2018. Subject to availability. Details and qualifications apply. Offers may vary by region. Individual dealer prices and document fees may vary. See participating dealer for details. *Covers normal factory scheduled service for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. See Toyota dealer for details and exclusions. Valid only in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 60 monthly payments of $17.05 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.9% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $42.06 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $28.16 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.22 per $1000 financed. 3.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $15.6 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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  • Manufacturer Offer

    Lease: $299 per month for 36 months. $2,999 due at signing

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    • Lease a new Highlander LE Model 6942: $299 / for 36 Months / with $2,999 DUE AT SIGNING. NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. Amount due at signing includes DOWN PAYMENT of $2670 and FIRST MONTHLY PAYMENT of $299 (includes $0 deduction from either, all, or a combination of, Toyota Motor Sales, Toyota Financial Services or Gulf States Toyota). Security deposit required with exception of prior Toyota Financial Services (TFS) financing history and/or TFS tier rating in which a security deposit may be waived. Tax, title and license are extra. Based on Model 6942, TOTAL MSRP $32369, including delivery, processing and handling, and NET CAPITALIZED COST of $28591. Excludes official fees, taxes and dealer charges. LEASE END PURCHASE OPTION is $21040 plus tax, title and license. Customer is responsible for disposition, excess wear and tear fees and $.15 per mile over 12000 miles each year. Dealer participation may affect final negotiated price and applicable taxes. Monthly payment may vary depending on final price of vehicle and your qualifications. Must take delivery from dealer stock. Dealer sets final price. Offer valid 03-01-2018 through 04-02-2018 in AR, LA, MS, OK, TX only. See dealer for vehicle and lease program details. * Drivers should always be responsible for their own safe driving. Please always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. Depending on the conditions of roads, vehicles, and weather, etc., the system(s) may not work as intended. See Owner’s Manual for details. A charge of 15 cents per mile for mileage over 12000 miles per year will apply.

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  • 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


  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  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

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

New Car Test Drive

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

New Car Test Drive

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.


New Car Test Drive

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

New Car Test Drive

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.

*Picture may not represent actual vehicle. Price varies based on Trim Levels and Options. See Dealer for in-stock inventory and actual selling price. All prices plus tax, title & license with approved credit. MSRP includes delivery, processing, and handling fees. Dealer doc fee of $125 not included in the price. Prices may be different outside of each advertised period and do not necessarily reflect cash price at any other time. Inventory is subject to prior sale. We are not responsible for typographical, technical, or misprint errors. Please contact us directly via phone or email to verify all information.