2018 Toyota Highlander
Why Buy a 2018 Toyota Highlander?
The Toyota Highlander may not stand out of the crowd, but it is worth your notice because it’s a good all-around vehicle with zero serious flaws. In the Highlander, you get a good midsize SUV for a fair price, everything you need at the end of the day. That being said, a few features are worth getting excited about, like its optional but inexpensive V6 engine, hybrid option, upscale cabin, and comfortable ride.
While the base engine might be nothing to write home about, the affordable V6 option boasts plenty of power, no matter how heavy the Highlander’s load and has a lot of hustle besides. The Hybrid option boosts your fuel economy to 30 miles on a single gallon of gas. The interior is among the nicest in its class, with cubbies and shelves for everything but still sporting a simple and straightforward design.
Which Toyota Highlander Should I Buy?
The base model is a little unappealing. We recommend shooting for the LE Plus or XLE with a V6 engine. The LE Plus has a larger 8-inch touchscreen, tri-zone climate control, power adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel while the XLE has all that plus navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof and keyless start. Even if you go for the base trim, be sure to get the V6 engine upgrade. The base engine can feel a little anemic, especially when weighed down with passengers and cargo.
Can a Toyota Highlander Tow a Trailer?
In addition to having modest off-road capability, the Toyota Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds. That’s enough for a small recreational boat or a popup camper.
What Does the Toyota Highlander Cost?
The base trim costs $31,030, which is about average for a midsize SUV. Adding the more powerful V6 engine to the base model costs just $2,000 more. Though front-wheel drive comes standard, you can get optional all-wheel drive for $1,460. If you’re interested in cutting fuel costs, the Highlander Hybrid starts at $37,700. Most critics recommend the XLE model to get the most bang for your buck, around $40,000. At the high end, fully-loaded Highlander Platinum with every option thrown in goes for about $52,000.