For the 2018 model year, all Highlander models come off a 2017 refresh to keep it looking fresh and vibrant. There is bolder styling, improved safety features and more power. The Highlander range features the LE, LE Plus, SE, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models that become plusher and highly equipped as you move up the model line. We tested a loaded Limited version with the 295 horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine, the 8-speed auto transmission, and All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Control, Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control. Our tester came in a wonderfully named Ooh La La Rouge Mica paint. On the outside, the Limited version as we tested now rolls on big 19 inch wheels with a cool “black chrome” finish. The Limited adds features such as: 12-speaker, 8” Touchscreen JBL Synthesis Audio with Bluetooth®, SiriusXM, Bird’s Eye View Dynamic Backup Camera, AVN Navigation, Driver Easy Speak, and Siri® Eyes-Free, 3-Zone Independent Automatic Climate Control and Seating for 7.
Overall it’s a pleasing mixture of lines and textures. The 2018 Highlander Limited model as tested comes standard with two second-row captain’s chairs that can be adjusted forward or back for extra flexibility. The Limited model comes with such features as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The Highlander offers an interior cargo area of 385 Litres or 1,189 Litres with rear seat folded down. I particularly liked the texture and comfort of the premium leather seats and the sheer amount of front cabin room.
This smooth-riding vehicle is a great city CUV or sublime highway cruiser. Maneuvering around town is anything but a challenge thanks to the easy steering. Whether I was turning, parallel parking or just going about my daily duties, the tension on the steering wheel was comfortable without it being too soft. The power delivery and hybrid system work seamlessly with smooth transitions. Official fuel economy is rated at: (L/100km) 12.0/8.9 (City/Hwy).
The Highlander is definitely not short on safety features. All 2018 Toyota models come exceptionally equipped with as standard safety features, such as Toyota Safety Sense, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). With its proven pedigree, fantastic build quality reliability and low running costs the new 2018 Highlander makes for an excellent family Crossover Utility vehicle. Highly recommended.
2018 Highlander Limited V6 AWD Base MRSP $50,645. Freight & PDI $1,785.00.
Total MSRP* $52,557.