The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a three-row sport utility vehicle that competes with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Santa Fe. You may have it as a hybrid or a conventional SUV that runs on gasoline, though both models will ultimately utilize gas to some extent.

All versions of the Highlander Hybrid have a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Also, all models utilize a continuously variable automatic gearbox, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and an all-wheel drive as standard equipment. However, in Hybrid models, the rear axle is driven by an electric motor in on-demand all-wheel-drive systems.


The 2018 HIGHLANDER is offered in 7 trim levels:

  • LE I4
  • LE
  • LE Plus
  • XLE
  • SE
  • Limited
  • Limited Platinum

Performance and Fuel Economy

One of the most significant upgrades made for the 2017 model year carried over into the 2018 Highlander is the upgraded 3.5L DOHC V6 engine. This engine can produce 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque while still delivering an impressive 23 mpg in combined highway and city driving. However, this was a significant upgrade over the engine that came standard in the 2016 model year, which produced 270 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque, and delivered 21 miles per gallon in combined driving.

The only exception to this rule is the basic LE model of the 2018 Highlander, which only has one of the available trim levels to include a smaller 2.7L I-4 DOHC 185-horsepower engine. All other trim levels utilize the more potent version of this engine. In addition, the V6 comes standard with a start/stop feature for the engine, which helps improve the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency by turning the engine off whenever the vehicle is parked.


When it comes to the Highlander’s very angular front end, Toyota took a cue from the Lexus brand. The nose sticks out far enough to make us feel uneasy. Accordingly some say it looks somewhat like a pyramid constructed out of Gillette Mach 3s. That is unfortunate given that the remainder of the Highlander is strong and sculpted in a manner reminiscent of a miniature Land Cruiser. The Highlander SE hides the chrome on its grille slats with a black finish, but the appearance of its 12-spoke wheels is a touch too “1998 tuner” for our tastes.


On the other hand, the typical Toyota customer who bought a car 20 years ago and had a growing family of young children certainly fantasized about a Supra with these wheels so that the design may be sound. The Highlander’s cabin is designed with functionality, not looks, as its primary focus. For instance, the inside of this specific model has brown highlights on the door panels and seat stitching that, to be quite honest, are not the hue of brown that one often equates with positive things.


In addition, a clock is located on the top of the dashboard. It has its very own display, and it is just as out of date as a digital watch. The cabin is more equipped than most others to manage the function of everyday driving owing to the inclusion of huge cupholders, a significant number of USB ports, and a spacious central storage bin. However, the most practical component is a tray that extends from the middle of the dashboard to the side that faces the passenger. Toll tickets, personal items and loose coins are just a few examples of the kinds of things that may be stored in this drawer. So if the owner isn’t careful, this resulting comparment may end up with functions much like a kitchen ‘odds-and-ends’ drawer.

Owner’s Manual

A 2018 Toyota Highlander owner’s manual containing all the required information for future maintenance, vehicle operation, and features.

  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Record

While this list is thorough, the 2018 Toyota Highlander owner’s manual set provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience. This complete set is wrapped in Toyota’s premium leather case. Additionally, all manuals such as warranty cards or infotainment system manuals were originally found within.

2018 Toyota Highlander

The complete owner’s manual set should accompany the car and thus the driver for all adventures.

2018 Safety Features

Among the safety features is a standard pre-collision technology in the 2018 Toyota Highlander. As a result, it includes a pedestrian detection system, a front collision warning system, a rearview camera, lane keep assistance, automatic high lights, and adaptive cruise control. Additional front and rear parking sensors with sensors, a surround-view camera, and a rear cross-traffic warning are also available safety features.

Toyota Highlander Specifications

  • Height: 68.1 in
  • Length: 192.5 in
  • Width: 75.8 in
  • Curb weight: 4398 lb

Engine type: Gas/Electric V-6, 3.5 L

Fuel tank: 17.2 g

2018 Toyota Highlander Price

Below are the rates for the 2018 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER:

  • LE I4: $31,230 or €29092
  • LE: $33,280 or €31001
  • LE Plus: $35,660 or €33219
  • XLE: $39,120 or €36442
  • SE: $40,290 or €37532
  • Limited: $42,280 or €39385
  • Limited Platinum: $45,400 or €42292

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Toyota Highlander

Is the Highlander reliable?

JD Powers gave it 3.5 out of 5

How many miles will My Highlander last?

Up to 300K miles

Which is more reliable- Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot?