Toyota has always been formidable. It has delivered plenty top selling cars to the automobile market over the decades. Today’s Highlander has been a successful midsize SUV with pretty high sale figures, but the 2018 Toyota Highlander will definitely bring something new and exciting to the buyers. According to the carmaker, the 2018 model will not receive a lot of changes, yet the update will make it better from the predecessor without any doubt.
2018 Toyota Highlander: Engine Options and Mileage
The crossover comes with a number of really good engine options. The base model uses a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder unit that’s capable of delivering up to 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic only and front-wheel drive only. No, there is no all-wheel drive available here. On the other hand, there is a more powerful engine. It’s the 3.5-liter V-6, which made a small bump last year, so instead of 270 hp and 248 pound-feet, the engine produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of twist. The option is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and sports optional all-wheel drive.
Of course, the topping model uses a hybrid powertrain. The system uses the same 3.5-liter V-6, two electric motors, a single on axles, and a direct injection, which is good for 306 horsepower. According to EPA, the 2018 Highlander Hybrid model should have an EPA of 30/29/28 mpg for highway/ combined/city. The V6 variant will have a mileage of 21/23/27 mpg for FWD and 20/22/26 for AWD.
Redesign Changes and New Features
Judging by the spy shots, the crossover features a redesigned front grille that appears to look appealing. Chrome detailing around tail lamps are so cool, while the side windows and new headlights provide a premium feel. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels will receive a new design as well.
The interior has been modified a bit too. It will keep its current measures, yet it will be a lot more spacious. This is because the carmaker plans a completely new seating arrangement, which will have a big influence on the third row. Yes, the third row will have more space and cup holders as well. All seats will come with standard heating features. Ventilation may come as an option for this new 2018 model. Controls for the driver are well positioned and easily accessible. Entune’s infotainment system does a decent job, especially with new programs such as Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The 2018 Toyota Highlander does not receive any major updates. The 2017 variant had received a lot of modifications. It will cost more than the 2017 version. Styling and dimensions will remain unchanged. The 2018 variant will have 3 rows of seats to house as many as 7 passengers comfortably. Unless the 2018 Highlander delivers a really smooth performance, it will not be able to supersede the performance of the current model.
Prices and Arrival
The price will increase but not by a big margin. The base model will be priced around $32,000. The V6 model LE with FWD will have a price of $34,000. The AWD variant will cost $34,900. The LE plus model with FWD will start at $36,500, while the AWD variant will have a price of $38,000. The hybrid variant will have a price of approximately $40,000. The 2018 Toyota Highlander will hit the dealerships this fall.