The 2018 Toyota Highlander will come slightly refreshed for this year…
This crossover SUV usually comes with ability to make it a better choice when compared to other cars. That is because Toyota is known for living up to its name. The car maker takes immense pain to ensure that it produces some of the best vehicles to endure the test of times. The same can be said about the new Highlander.
The vehicle comes with updates that include power train upgrades and tweaked styling. The three-row midsize crossover also comes with more changes in its car for model-year 2020. The new Toyota Highlander 2018 will come with seating for standard driver aids which also come with autonomous emergency braking which makes it the safest car around in the market.
2018 Toyota Highlander review
The new Highlander will be available in 6 trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. Hybrid version will be also available and it will be offered in four grades: LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. The exterior look of the new Highlander will come slightly redesigned. That means that it will feature high-beam LED headlights that was revised with last year model. Headlamps will have ability to automatically dim not to blind incoming traffic.
It is going to be equipped with plenty of safety features.
All models will come equipped with a blind-spot monitor for unseen vehicles that are present in adjacent lanes. When it comes to safety this Toyota crossover SUV will be equipped TSS-P (Toyota Safety Sense P) driver-assist technology which features Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The interior of the new 2018 Toyota Highlander might not see too many changes as they are likely going to retain most of the upscale features as the leather upholstery, remote entry, pushbutton start as standard, and power moonroof. They also come with infotainment perks, five USB ports, an 8-inch dashboard screen, Embedded navigation and Siri Eyes Free. You can also see a $1,810 rear seat Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system that comes with RCA jacks, a 9-inch ceiling screen, a remote control, and two wireless headphones.
What is Toyota Highlander 2018 specs?
You will be glad to know that under the hood of the new Toyota Highlander 2018 will be 3.5-liter V-6 engine that was heavily updated with 2017-year model. This naturally aspirated engine is able to produce 295 horses and 263 lb-ft of torque. All models comes equipped with an automatic Direct Shift transmission with 8 speeds. Fuel economy is one of the best in the class and it is rated around 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the highway.
For better fuel economy there will be Hybrid version of the new Highlander.
Hybrid version will be also available with 2018-year model and it is going to be powered by the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. This powertrain combines 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with electric motor-generator which is good for 306 of total system horsepower. Main advantages of all hybrid vehicles are better acceleration and fuel efficiency. Fuel economy for Highlander Hybrid should be rated around 30 mpg in city while on the highway it will be around standard Highlander figures – 28 mpg.
When will be the release date of the next Highlander generation?
The pricing of the Toyota model might see a slight increase with the base prices for gas V-6 versions at $625 and $1,705. The price for the base model is at $31,900 and the gas-only V-6 models which begin at $34,000. For the front-drive with AWD it comes at $40,000. The Highlander hybrid model is also on sale at $6,000 which is higher than their gas-only AWD counterparts.
What about its price?
You can expect to see the 2018 Toyota Highlander release date in the fall of 2017. Considering this is a Toyota model, you can bet that they might consider an early release keeping in mind how they work. Some of its competitors include Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Sorento, and Mazda CX-9.