2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Save up to $3,674
MSRP range
$36,870 - $48,480

Pros

  • Impressive fuel economy for a three-row crossover
  • Just-right size for many families
  • Added peace of mind from standard accident-avoidance tech
  • Quiet and compliant ride

Cons

  • Touchscreen and other controls may require an extra-long reach
  • Third-row seat isn't as roomy as those of many competitors


Which Highlander Hybrid does Edmunds recommend

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes with a good amount of standard equipment in the base LE trim. But we recommend upgrading to the midlevel XLE. On top of the standard systems such as forward collision mitigation and lane departure intervention, the XLE gets blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as well as the upgraded 8.1-inch touchscreen.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

The name pretty much says it all. The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is simply a more fuel-efficient version of the standard, three-row Highlander. We like the Highlander, so it's certainly a compliment.

Like the standard Highlander, the Hybrid is a relatively spacious, quiet and comfortable crossover. It also comes with a lot of standard equipment, including the latest in advanced driver safety aids. The big difference is the Hybrid's powertrain. It combines a gasoline V6 and electric motors for a total of 306 horsepower and 29 mpg combined.

Toyota continues to be the only non-luxury automaker to offer a three-row midsize hybrid crossover. If high fuel economy and utility are priorities, the Highlander Hybrid is the obvious pick. Just note that the Hybrid costs more. If you're buying one new, it's going to take you a few years to recoup the cost (compared to a regular Highlander) in fuel savings alone.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a three-row SUV that comes standard with eight- or seven-passenger seating configurations, depending on trim level. Those include LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels. The LE isn't exactly a stripped-down model, but the XLE has enough universally desired extras that you'll likely want to pay extra for them. The Limited and Limited Platinum slather on luxury features but in the process receive luxury brand-like price tags.

Every Highlander Hybrid comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with three electric motors. Total system output is 306 horsepower, and all-wheel drive is standard.

Starting things off is the LE, which has 18-inch wheels, a windshield wiper de-icer, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system.

Our trim level choice for the Highlander Hybrid is the XLE. You get the LE's equipment plus a sunroof, a height-adjustable power liftgate, a flip-up rear window, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, power front seats with heating, leather upholstery, second-row sunshades, upgraded interior materials, a second-row 120-volt power outlet, an 8.1-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, and a navigation system.

If you want more, there's the Limited with 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats with perforated leather, driver-seat memory functions, second-row captain's chairs, a rear cargo cover and a 12-speaker JBL sound system. At the top of the range is the Limited Platinumwith a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, heated rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel.

The XLE and Limited can be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system.

driving

The Highlander Hybrid has a competent hybrid powertrain, proficient brakes and intuitive, albeit numb, steering. Additionally, good highway manners, acceptable towing capability and decent off-road credentials make it appealing.

acceleration

The Highlander Hybrid's powerful V6 engine and electric motors, in combination, move it off the line quickly. It's not as quick as the regular Highlander, but acceleration is acceptable.

braking

Despite a vague-feeling pedal, the Highlander provides sufficient emergency braking effectiveness and good fade resistance. In daily situations, pedal engagement can sometimes feel awkward.

steering

The Highlander's steering is reassuring when cornering and provides straight-line stability on the highway. But the steering of other, albeit non-hybrid, SUVs instills more confidence and provides more engagement to the driver.

handling

It's a confident and competent handler, right up to the relatively low limit set by the electronic stability system that really lets you know when you're asking too much of it. Again, others are sharper, but most drivers will find it to be acceptable.

drivability

This is an easy SUV to drive, even if it can feel a tad large compared to certain non-hybrid competitors. As far as hybrids go, though, the brakes aren't weird, and there aren't any strange sensations that will make you feel as if you're driving a science experiment.

comfort

Lexus lite. The Highlander's seats, ride comfort and utterly silent atmosphere are nearly as good as those found in SUVs by corporate cousin Lexus.

seat comfort

The heated leather front seats (XLE and above) are as comfy as furniture and offer tons of adjustment, including extendable thigh support. The second row is firmer but slides and reclines in a wide range. The third row is merely acceptable; some other crossovers have roomier third-row seating.

ride comfort

One of the Highlander's best qualities is its ride comfort. The suspension easily absorbs bumps and ruts without feeling like a floating barge. Very few, if any, road irregularities intrude.

noise & vibration

It's one of the quietest SUVs we've ever measured. An occasional wisp of wind noise is evident on a gusty highway pass. At full throttle, the engine's drone does find its way into the cabin.

interior

This is a very competitive segment, and although the Highlander Hybrid is quite good in each of these areas, it also doesn't have a clear advantage over competitors.

ease of use

Some controls, specifically those for the audio system, are located too far away. Otherwise, Toyota's typical array of controls are easy to use.

getting in/getting out

It can be difficult to reach the third row because the second row (be it the captain's chairs or bench) doesn't get out of the way enough to provide the sort of access found in certain competitors. The doors are large, though, and the seats are of a reasonable height.

driving position

Abundant seat adjustments, including power thigh support (a rare feature) on most trim levels. Sufficient seat and telescoping-wheel travel for taller drivers.

roominess

As in its competitors, the first and second rows provide copious room for most occupants. The third row is squishier than those in some rival models, and despite have three seat belts, only small kids are likely to fit three abreast back there.

quality

The quality of materials is among the class best, and during our one-year long-term test of a Highlander, everything in the cabin remained nicely screwed together. Impressive.

utility

Overall cargo capacity is average for this segment, which means that most families should have abundant room. Small-item storage is very good.

small-item storage

There's a unique built-in shelf on the dashboard that serves as a resting place for phones or other personal items, though it can be hard to get your hand in there. A vast amount of space is found under the sliding armrest cover — it's big enough to store a laptop or a sizable purse.

cargo space

The Highlander offers an average amount of cargo capacity for the segment regardless of how many rows are in place. Some others offer more space behind the third row, notably the Ford Explorer.

technology

The Highlander's standard suite of accident avoidance tech is a big reason to consider this family crossover, especially if you don't have the money for a range-topping model. Infotainment tech is pleasantly easy to use.

audio & navigation

Toyota's touchscreen infotainment interfaces aren't the flashiest or feature-packed, but they are easy to use. The Highlander's 8-inch screen (an upgrade) is notably quick to respond to inputs and features large, easily pressed icons.

driver aids

Every Highlander comes standard with forward collision warning and automatic braking (includes pedestrian detection), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and steering assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

So far so good! My favorite car I've owned
AJ, 11/17/2017
This is easily my favorite car I've ever owned. I've just begun breaking the car in, but it has been great thus far. The Highlander Hybrid is the only non-luxury hybrid crossover that offers three rows. Depending on discounts you can get you will be paying a little bit more for the hybrid compared to an identical non-hybrid Highlander. The dealer tried to convince me to buy a non-hybrid because it will take you a long time to make up the price difference in gas mileage, but for me the additional power, over 300 HP, was the reason to get this car. I've been averaging 23 mpg, but I'm sure that will go up as I break-in the engine. Update on gas mileage, the hybrid gets much better mileage in warmer weather. The hybrid system is much more likely to run in all electric mode at lower speeds, and when the engine is warm. The CVT doesn't have great feel, but I understand why it is a better option for the hybrid powertrain. The interior is very comfortable, the 2nd row buckets are nearly as comfortable as the front seats, the third row is not very roomy, but it will work well if it is just for short trips. The technology of this car is tremendous as all trim levels come with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and all the other important safety features. The JBL sound system in the upper trim levels is tremendous. The HVAC system works really well. The car lacks Apple Carplay/Android Auto and HID headlights, but other than that I can't think of a single feature that is missing here.
Economically silly but morally superior
Tom, 3/21/2018
We won't ever make back on fuel savings the extra cost of the Hybrid, but is oil goes to $90/barrel it will be closer. Comfort is great, highway drive is very smooth. I like all the safety features, remote start and cargo capacity. This SUV is longer (1"-3") and lower (1"-3"?) than the 12 year old Honda Pilot it replace. Great sound system.
A lot of automobile for the money!
Larry Reidy, 2/3/2018
I have owned Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguars, and BMWs, and to get all the options that the Highlander Limited Platinum has it will cost you an extra &17-20,000.00. This is very close to being a luxury car! It doesn't handle like the European cars, but it has a more subtle ride. Excellent warranty, and free service for two years.
I’m in love with my 2018 xle hybrid
Brazilnut, 2/2/2018
Love everything about it! Drives like a dream, super quiet, plush interior and gorgeous color not to mention spacious without feeling too big and more economical then my previous Chevy equinox
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$48,480
MPG
29 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
N/A
MSRP
$41,930
MPG
29 city / 27 hwy
Seats 8
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
N/A
MSRP
$45,360
MPG
29 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
N/A
MSRP
$36,870
MPG
30 city / 28 hwy
Seats 8
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Highlander Hybrid safety features:

Forward Collision Warning with Auto-Brake
Detects other cars and pedestrians in front of you and automatically brakes to prevent collisions. It's a standard feature this year.
Lane Departure Alert and Steering Assist
Warns you if you're about to deviate from your lane and can even help steer. It's also standard this year.
Driver Knee & Passenger Cushion Airbags
Additional airbag protection. Not every competitor has these extra airbags for front occupants.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for Sale

Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2018 Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Limited Platinum
MSRP$51,131
Est.Loan: $884/mo
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RUNNING BOARDS (TMS),Sun/Moonroof,Leather Seats,Navigation System,3rd Row Seat,SPECIAL COLOR,REAR BUMPER PROTECTOR (TMS),Lane Keeping Assist,Keyless Start,Bluetooth Connection,Rear Spoiler,Cooled Front Seat(s),Chrome Wheels,All Wheel Drive,50 STATE EMISSIONS,BLACK; PERFORATED LEATHER SEAT TRIM,BLIZZARD PEARL,LIMITED PLATINUM PACKAGE
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2018 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Limited
MSRP$46,848
Est.Loan: $811/mo
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This Toyota won't be on the lot long! A practical vehicle that doesn't sacrifice style! This model accommodates 7 passengers comfortably, and provides features such as: a built-in garage door transmitter, heated and ventilated seats, and a blind spot monitoring system. It features all-wheel drive versatility, an automatic transmission, and a 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine. We pride ourselves in the quality that we offer on all of our vehicles. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2018 Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Limited Platinum
MSRP$50,148
Est.Loan: $868/mo
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Attitude Black Metallic 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum AWD eCVT 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V, AWD. 27/29 Highway/City MPG
More about the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a three-row midsize crossover SUV that provides a practical blend of comfort, space and utility topped off with impressive fuel economy. For shoppers that are looking for a more environmentally responsible crossover, this family hauler that can get nearly 30 mpg is a great choice.

Compared to the standard Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid's fuel economy ratings are definitely impressive. The standard Highlander checks in at around 23 mpg combined if you go with the V6 and all-wheel drive, while the Hybrid gets around 29 mpg combined.

The Highlander Hybrid has nearly all the same virtues working for it as the standard model. If you like the Highlander to start, the Hybrid is probably right up your alley. Whatever trim level you choose, the Highlander Hybrid comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that's paired with electric motor components for a total of 306 horsepower. Unlike the standard vehicle, all-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.

On-road performance leans more toward comfort rather than taut handling, although the Highlander Hybrid remains competitive with its major rivals in this area. The Highlander Hybrid also offers a decent amount of utility with its 3,500-pound tow rating.

Inside the Highlander Hybrid, there's a lot to like. While not ultra-luxurious, the interior combines plenty of leg-, headroom and shoulder room with decent materials and an abundance of clever storage solutions. And buyers are sure to appreciate the addition of a number of the latest advanced safety features and host of technology options.

There are essentially four trim levels for the Highlander Hybrid: LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. The Hybrid's trim level structure is relatively similar to the standard vehicle, with an impressive amount of standard safety equipment included on the LE such as lane departure intervention and adaptive cruise control. The base LE also gets creature comforts such as tri-zone automatic climate control. The XLE gets a few more niceties such as an upgraded touchscreen, while the Limited and Limited Platinum get luxury items including a 12-speaker JBL sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

Whatever trim you choose, use Edmunds to price, compare and shop for the perfect 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Highlander Hybrid 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Highlander Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Highlander Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,407. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,674 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,674 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$46,733.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,224. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,028 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,028 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,196.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,139. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,633 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,633 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,506.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is6.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,654. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,477 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,477 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$43,177.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7.5% below the MSRP.

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