2018 Toyota Highlander
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2018 Toyota Highlander at Thompson Toyota

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is perfect for anyone that wants high value, high performance, and lots of safety features. This midsize crossover is perfect for any size family. It can come with a great regular fuel economic engine or as a hybrid. Standard Toyota Safety Sense P is available to all trim levels. Two luxury editions are also available within the Limited and Limited Platinum grades. Learn more by reading this review!

Engine Performance

  • 30/28 miles per gallon
  • 306 net horsepower
  • All-wheel drive available

Safety Features

  • Blind spot monitor
  • Seatbelt warning sensor
  • Anti-theft alarm

Vehicle Design

  • Flip up rear hatch window
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic moonroof

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How many safety features are available?

Safety is a main priority for Toyota, so most features for safety and security come standard on all levels. Many of these features include a collapsible steering column, whiplash lessening seats for the front row, electronic brake force distribution, an antilock brake system, enhanced vehicle stability control, auto high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a seatbelt warning sensor, LATCH, child protector rear door locks, a tire pressure monitoring system, downhill assist control, rear passengers seat belt reminder, and so much more. Additional features on the upper levels would be rear and front parking assist with sonar, an anti-theft system with alarm and engine immobilizer, and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

What transmissions are available with which engine?

Three engines are available to the Highlander. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline-4 with 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine has an EPA fuel economy of 20/24 miles per gallon. The first optional engine is quite the upgrade. This 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower, 263 lb-ft of torque, and it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 21/27 miles per gallon! The final engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 with AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors. This hybrid comes with 306 net horsepower! It also has an EPA fuel economy rating of 30/28 miles per gallon. The first engine is paired with a six-speed automatic, while the second two are paired to an eight-speed automatic. Each engine is also matched with front-wheel drive and the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive.

What does each trim offer for features?

The LE is the base trim with LED taillights, remote keyless entry, five USB ports, cruise control, a rear window defogger, daytime running lights, a heater power mirror, black front and rear mudguards, a wiper de-icer, privacy and sunscreen glass, and 18-inch tires. Each following trim builds off the previous or upgrades what is already listed, so the LE Plus adds integrated foglights, three-zone automatic climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free, a flip up rear hatch window, and a height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection. The XLE trim includes alloy wheels, chrometec roof rails, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, an overhead console, and a power tilt and slide moonroof with sunshade and jam protection. The SE trim is next with dark painted front upper and lower grilles, a projector beam halogen dark black accent headlights, black leather trimmed seats, blue LED ambient lighting, 19-inch tires, and dark-painted roof rails. The Limited then adds a rear bumper chrome garnish, a bird's eye view camera, a rear cargo tonneau cover, and power windows with auto up and down. Finally, the Limited Platinum comes with a panoramic moonroof, a heated steering wheel, and rain sensing windshield wipers.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Toyota Highlander

If you have any further questions on the 2018 Highlander, please feel free to fill out the form below or give us a call! If you are interested in seeing all that the Highlander has to offer for yourself, come on by and check one out!

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