After the big update with 2017 – year model, we expect that the next Toyota Highlander will come without any redesign changes for this year. Beside two petrol engines, the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will also be available.
Some updates we could see inside the cabin, while Toyota Safety Sense is standard for all models. All models come with front-wheel drive system as standard, but there is an optional all-wheel drive system. Only Hybrid version is going to be available with all-wheel drive drivetrain. Main rivals of the new Toyota Highlander 2018 are Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Hyundai Santa Fe.
2018 Toyota Highlander redesign
The Highlander is an elegant three-row mid-size crossover SUV. In Toyota’s lineup it is placed above compact RAV4 and full-size Sequoia. The 2019 – year model could move to Toyota’s new TNG platform. That platform already use new Camry, Prius and C-HR. Since then, there will be no changes in case of exterior colors. Right now, there are nine 2018 Toyota Highlander colors available: Alumina Jade Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Predawn Gray Mica, Salsa Red Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Toasted Walnut Pearl.
|2018 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER DIMENSIONS|
|Length||192.5 in. (4,890 mm)|
|Width||75.8 in. (1,925 mm)|
|Height||68.1 in. (1,730 mm)|
|Wheelbase||109.8 in. (2,790 mm)|
|Ground clearance||8.0 in. (203 mm)|
|Fuel tank capacity||19.2 gal. (73 l)|
17.2 gal. (65 l) – Hybrid
|Colors||Alumina Jade Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Predawn Gray Mica, Salsa Red Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Toasted Walnut Pearl|
The new Toyota Highlander comes in five trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. Highlander Hybrid is available in LE, XLE and Limited trims. Front fascia of LE, LE Plus and XLE models features silver-painted front grille while higher models comes with painted chrome grille. Rear end comes with sleeker LED taillighs, while Limited and Platinum grades come with chrome garnishes on the rear bumper.
Inside the cabin even base LE grade comes with good equipment. It runs on 18-inch alloy wheels while center stack comes with integrated 6.1-inch touchscreen. It includes Entune Audio and also integrates backup camera and Bluetooth phone and music streaming. Depending on chosen trim, the new Highlander on higher grades could be available with leather seats, 4.2-inch color multi-information display with digital gauges, integrated navigation, and powered seats and moonroof. On the rear seats there are Blu-ray DVD entertainment system available.
Safety and driver assist features
All 2018 Toyota Highlander models will come with Toyota Safety Sense system that includes Pre-Collision system with Pedestrian detection. As for assist systems, there are Lane departure alert with Steering assist, Dynamic radar cruise control and Auto high beams. All Highlanders are also equipped with STAR Safety System that improves active safety of the vehicle. This system integrates Traction control, Enhanced vehicle stability control, Smart Stop technology, Anti-lock brake system with Electronic brake-force distribution and Brake Assist.
Toyota Highlander 2018 specs
There are two petrol engines available with new Toyota Highlander 2018. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline-4 with 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This was also standard engine with 2017-year model. It comes paired with 6-speed automatic transmission (ECT-i). Highlanders with this engine are available only with front-wheel drive system. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The second engine was a refreshment for current Highlander. This V6 D-4S Injection engine with 3.5-liter of displacement produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission (ECT-i). Models with this powerplant are available with both FWD and AWD. Fuel consumption in the city is around numbers of 4-cylinder engine while those figures improve on the highway – about 27 mpg.
|2018 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||2.7-liter I4 DOHC||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6 Hybrid|
|Horsepower||185 HP @ 5,800 rpm||295 HP @ 6,600 rpm||306 HP – total system power|
|Torque||184 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm||263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission type||6-speed automatic ECT-i||8-speed automatic ECT-i||Electronically Controlled CVT|
(city / hwy / comb)
|20 / 24 / 22 – FWD||21 / 27 / 23 – FWD|
20 / 27 / 23 – AWD
|30 / 28 29 (LE)|
29 / 27 / 28 (XLE, Limited)
|Towing Capacity||1,500 lbs.||5,000 lbs.||3,500 lbs.|
Base engine of the Hybrid model is same –liter V6, but in this case it comes with Dual VVT-i. It comes paired with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, one for front and second for rear wheels. This combination produces 306 total system horsepower and this power transfers to wheels through CVT automatic transmission. This powertrain makes this Hybrid the most efficient Highlander. Its fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Hybrid model is equipped with AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i) which turn on independent electric motor on the rear wheels when Highlander needs better traction.
2018 Toyota Highlander release date and price
We expect that the new Toyota Highlander 2018 will be available for sale in fall of 2017, with small updates in technology features. Price should not be much different compared to 2017-year model. That means that its cost should start around $30,000 for base LE FWD model while V6 engine raise this number about $2,000. The top model of this lineup, Highlander Platinum AWD will have a price around $47,000. Hybrid model starts just above $36,000 without destination charges and goes up to $50,000 for the Hybrid Limited Platinum grade.