The Toyota Highlander is a three-row midsize crossover in Toyota’s lineup, slotting below the larger, full-size Sequoia and above the compact RAV4. Front-wheel drive comes requirement and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to a gas-powered variation, Toyota likewise offers the Highlander as a hybrid that comes standard with all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Highlander handled a refreshed appearance in 2017 to assist keep pace with the ever-changing crossover sector. With the latest version still reasonably new, we expect Toyota to bring this new look into 2018 without any visible modifications. Reports suggest the Highlander will stay the same up until around 2020, at which point it’ll apparently move to the automaker’s TNGA platform (Toyota New Global Architecture).
2018 Toyota Highlander Design
From the outdoors and inside, buyers likely will not have the ability to tell the difference in between the present model and the brand-new one. We might see a few technological tweaks here and there, however absolutely nothing too significant or visible. As a carryover model, we likewise anticipate the standard features, which in 2017 include projector beam headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, a rearview electronic camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system with sic speakers, a tilt and telescoping wheel and more, to continue the same.
2018 Toyota Highlander Engine
We also expect the powertrains to continue the same into the new year. If this proves real, then look for the Highlander to motor on with a basic 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and an optional 3.5-liter V6 with 270 horsepower. For those looking for even much better fuel economy, there is the Highlander Hybrid with its 29 mpg combined.
2018 Toyota Highlander Safety
Like a lot of 2017 Toyotas, the existing Highlander is equipped with standard lane-departure caution, adaptive cruise and auto emergency braking. Thanks to the latter and its safe building, the Highlander earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ designation. With no changes on the horizon, we expect this ranking continuing in the new model year.
2018 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Highlander is anticipated to start production in September 2017. We presently anticipate an on-sale date at some point in November.
While it’s prematurely for official rates, provided it’s a carryover model, we don’t anticipate the brand-new Highlander to wander off far from the 2017 model, which varies from $31,570 to $47,200 (location fees included). In this range, the Highlander battles with the Ford Explorer ($32,605 to $54,180), the Chevrolet Traverse ($29,595 to $44,940) and the Mazda CX-9 ($32,420 to $44,915).