The 2018 Toyota Highlander is rumored to feature a number of improvements over the previous versions. Not that there were that many of them, or that there was much to improve to begin with, but here is what makes this crossover special in our mind.
2018 Toyota Highlander Release Date
The 2018 Toyota Highlander is not going to see the inside of a showroom for at least another year. With that in mind, you’ll have to wait until 2017 in order to see one in person.
The base model should start off at roughly $30,000. However, additional equipment and other costs can easily exceed the $55,000 mark so be careful when buying this vehicle.
Exterior of Toyota Highlander
The 2018 Toyota Highlander is about as attractive as it can get, albeit in a shy and unassuming manner. The front fascia is large and front grille is appealing but there is nothing in there that would really stand out from the crowd.
The chrome details help, to be sure, but they are only there around the grille, side windows and taillights. The new Highlander looks like an SUV all right, but there is nothing that would really make it stand out among them. Even the 18-inch alloy wheels do not help with this issue.
From the inside, the 2018 Toyota Highlander should look somewhat different than it used to. A special place in the mind of the designers went to people who like to keep all their junk in their car.
From various trinkets to cell phones and charging cables, you can store just about anything in here. Seriously, even the third row has cup holders. This vehicle is ideal if you have a pack rat mentality.
The third row of seats offers the least room for comfort, as you might expect but if you get to the first two rows, you are not going to complain in the slightest.
This is especially true for the first row. Those seats are built for comfort and safety. There is a lot of emphasis on making things easier on the driver as well.
All the important controls are directly in front of him, and even those non-essential can be reached with relative ease. As for the infotainment system, the Entune’s got you covered. Apart from the cramped space in the third seat row, the Highlander is a great place to be.
Toyota Highlander Engine
The engine that supplies power to the 2018 Toyota Highlander is a real mystery. So far, the old 3.5 L V-6 has been our best guess, but they may well end up replacing it with something that can dish out more than 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque.
In any case, the transmission is what you might expect from a Toyota – a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is the norm, but if you want to go all-wheels, be our guest. I wonder if the 2018 model will top the old 21 miles on a gallon combined benchmark when it comes to fuel efficiency.