2018 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Predawn Gray Mica
MSRP
$28,897 - $44,618
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MPG (up to)
30 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
185-306
Seats
7-8

How 2018 Toyota Highlander Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.4 Overall Score
Performance 4.5Comfort 4.4Styling 4.2Value 4.3

What's New

The Toyota Highlander sails into 2018 with no major changes or upgrades.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

chevronDown icon LE $28,897 - $31,872
Horsepower: 185 hp - 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon LE Plus $30,507 - $33,478
Horsepower: 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $36,440 - $39,749
Horsepower: 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited Platinum $37,927 - $41,396
Horsepower: 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE $35,378 - $38,597
Horsepower: 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon XLE $34,905 - $38,052
Horsepower: 295 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Hybrid LE $30,896 - $33,863
Horsepower: 306 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Hybrid Limited $39,065 - $42,548
Horsepower: 306 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Hybrid Limited Platinum $40,947 - $44,618
Horsepower: 306 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Hybrid XLE $36,527 - $39,808
Horsepower: 306 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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The Toyota highlander is the highlight of my life!

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We, (my husband and I) have a 13 year old Toyota Tacoma that is still in excellent condition and is super reliable. So when we decided to get another vehicle to accommodate our growing family, that is why we again chose Toyota for our second vehicle. The Toyota highlander we chose is very spacious and can comfortably seat eight people, which will make it ideal for my family and especially any lengthy trips we take. There is also ample room for suitcases. I was a little hesitant at first to purchase an SUV because I am used to driving a much smaller vehicle, but I was pleasantly surprised on how easy it is to navigate my new highlander. (I especially like the "backup" feature that allows me to better visualize what is behind me. The hands free synchronization Bluetooth with my cell phone is great also. Added features, such as auto dimming of my high beams (when an oncoming car approaches), automatic braking if I get too close to a car in front of me are fantastic also. Overall, I would highly recommend the highlander or any Toyota vehicle.

Kate S
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You can trust the Toyota dependability.

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My Toyota highlander limited AWD is fun and easy to drive. I love the limited trim look, ventilated seats, interior lights and large console storage. It has a shifter still instead of a transmission dial. I prefer the feel of the shifter. The second row is extremely roomy when you slide the seats back into the third row. There is plenty of cargo space too when the third row seats are down. This car boosts many safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, driver's lane assist and cross-traffic monitoring. I my opinion, Toyota has the best blind-spot indicator because it is built right into the side mirrors and is larger than other car manufacturers. Changes or features I'd like to see: a capless gas cap, indicator of switch tire is low and a better remote start feature that does not turn off when you open the car door. The stereo sound needs some tweaking as too much sounds emits out of the dashboard speakers rather than the nice JBL speakers in the door.

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Comfort, safety, reliability and style.

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My Toyota highlander limited edition is comfortable and an enjoyable drive with easy steering and driver safety features that include blind spot monitoring, backup camera with cross traffic indication and lane assist. Heated and ventilated seats add to the comfort. Blue interior mood lighting and puddle ground projection lights are nice features. The automatic lift-gate is rather slow to open and close and if a tire low pressure light comes on, the vehicle does not indicate which tire is low. Automatic start is disappointing as the range is short, the start is delayed about 5 seconds and the vehicle turns off once you open the door. Keyless entry and start are convenient. Sound system is good quality with jbl speakers. There is ample trunk space especially if you lay the third row seats down. Center console storage is very roomy. This is my third Toyota vehicle. They are reliable and provide peace of mind when owning one.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$28,897 - $31,872
$30,507 - $33,478

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 - 295 (hp)
295 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L V6 w/D, 2.7L 4
3.5L V6 w/D
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
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Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.2 (in.)
44.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
8
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Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/60TR18
P245/60TR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.7 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
75.8 (in.)
75.8 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4165 - 4535 (.lbs)
4370 - 4535 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 (hp)
295 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
263 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 - 5000 (.lbs)
5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.2 (gal.)
19.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
24 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Standard
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

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A
Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Toyota Safety Sense C
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) Lane Departure Warning *
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Toyota Safety Sense P and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (rcta)
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning *
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Blind Spot Sensor
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor w/Lane Change Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera *
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Equipment > Other > Labels Dec 19, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 19, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V831000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
Consequence:
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
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Electrical System Nov 26, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 26, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18E107000
Summary:
Fujian Wanda Automobile Glass Industry (Wanda) is recalling certain aftermarket Replacement Windshields sold for use in 2014-2018 Toyota Highlander vehicles. The windshields have an attached wire harness that water may leak into, possibly causing damage to the vehicle's Engine Control Module (ECM).
Consequence:
The ECM damage may result in the engine stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Wanda will notify owners, and service centers will replace the windshields, and inspect the ECM for damage, having it replaced, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 10, 2019. Owners may contact Wanda customer service at 1-864-281-2760.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Power Assist > Vacuum Apr 2, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 2, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V211000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018 Toyota Camry and Highlander vehicles, 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles and 2017 Lexus RX350 vehicles. During the manufacturing process, the oil galley in the rotor for the brake booster vacuum pump assembly may have been improperly machined possibly resulting in a sudden loss of brake assist.
Consequence:
A sudden loss of braking assist can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake booster vacuum pump, free of charge. The recall began on May 9, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371, or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J0K/JLD.

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