2018 Toyota Highlander SUV

2018 Toyota Highlander
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2018 Toyota Highlander
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What’s new

  • The Toyota Highlander is unchanged for 2018
  • Part of the third Highlander generation introduced for 2014

Pros

  • Just-right exterior and interior size for many families
  • Standard high-tech safety features
  • Strong V6 engine with good fuel economy
  • Very quiet and pleasantly compliant ride quality

Cons

  • No available Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Undesirable base four-cylinder engine
  • Touchscreen and other controls may require an extra-long reach
  • Third-row seat isn't as roomy as those in many competitors


Which Highlander does Edmunds recommend?

For the typical Highlander shopper, we recommend the XLE trim level. Priced right in the middle of the Highlander range, the XLE comes standard with the V6 and adds several decent extras to the Highlander's already rich list of standard features, including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless ignition and entry. There's also optional all-wheel drive if you need the extra control. You could certainly get by with the LE Plus or pay more to enjoy the more extravagant Limited, but the XLE is the sweet spot in our opinion.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of the best picks available for a versatile three-row crossover SUV. Thanks to a comfortable and quiet ride, abundant standard features and a just-right size, it should serve you well as a do-all family hauler.

While the Highlander isn't as big as traditional truck-based SUVs such as Toyota's Sequoia, it's easier to maneuver around town, yet it still has three relatively usable rows of seating. It also delivers above-average fuel economy for a three-row SUV. The third row is a bit tighter than we'd like, but kids will fit just fine back there. We also like how Toyota outfits every Highlander with its Toyota Safety Sense bundle, which include adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.

If you need a crossover with a roomier third row, you'll probably be happier with a Honda Pilot or Volkswagen Atlas. Toyota's also a bit behind the times in smartphone connectivity — you can't get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on the Highlander. Overall, though, this popular and well-rounded crossover is certainly worth a test drive.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Highlander as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize SUVs for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Highlander is a large three-row crossover SUV with seating for eight, but optional second-row captain's chairs reduce capacity to seven. Toyota makes six Highlander models: the LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. The LE isn't a stripped-down model, but its standard four-cylinder engine is a bummer. The LE Plus has key upgrades such as the V6 engine (optional on the LE), a power liftgate and tri-zone automatic climate control, while the XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum essentially slather on luxury features. The SE stands out with unique styling and sportier driving dynamics.

The standard powertrain on the base LE is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The 3.5-liter V6 (295 hp, 263 lb-ft) that's standard on all other trims is optional on the LE and comes paired with an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive can be added to the V6 as an option.

Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, the Toyota Safety Sense bundle (automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and Toyota's Pre-Collision System, which bundles forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, rear air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40-split second-row seat (slides, reclines, folds), a 60/40-split third-row seat (reclines, folds), five USB ports, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.

The LE Plus adds a height-adjustable power liftgate, a flip-up rear window, foglights, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery and trim, a power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a higher-resolution 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, and a variety of smartphone-connection apps.

On top of the LE Plus' equipment, the Highlander XLE adds a sunroof, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, an upgraded instrument panel, leather upholstery (first and second rows), simulated leather third-row upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row window sunshades, a 110-volt power outlet, Driver Easy Speak (carries the driver's voice through the rear speakers to distant passengers) and a navigation system.

The SE is equipped similarly to the XLE but has LED running lights, sport-themed styling elements and suspension tuning, 19-inch wheels and sporty interior trim.

The Limited starts with the XLE's content and adds LED running lights, different 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear cargo cover, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated second-row captain's chairs (optional on the XLE) and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

The Limited Platinum gains a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, a 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors, Safety Connect emergency communications, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats.

The Limited and Limited Platinum can be optionally equipped with the second-row bench. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional on all but the LE and LE Plus.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE (3.5L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Highlander has received some revisions, including a new V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and additional feature content. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Highlander.

Driving

5
An appealing combination of a powerful V6, proficient brakes and intuitive, precise steering, plus good handling and decent towing and off-road credentials, place the Highlander among the class best.

Acceleration

The Highlander's V6 provided impressive acceleration in 2014, and the latest V6 (updated for 2017) only improves upon that capability. The new eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly and is reasonably responsive.

Braking

5
Despite a vague-feeling pedal, the Highlander provides substantial braking effectiveness — the panic-stop distance from 60 mph in Edmunds testing ranks among the class best — and very good fade resistance.

Steering

5
About as good as it gets for a large SUV. It has intuitive response and reassuring feedback when cornering and isolated straight-line stability on the highway. And the Highlander is a cinch to park.

Handling

4
A confident and competent handler, right up to the relatively low limit set by the stability control system, which really lets you know when you're asking too much. The new SE model's sport-tuned suspension provides a firmer ride but only minor handling improvements.

Drivability

5
The Highlander feels bigger than some competitors when you're behind the wheel, so tighter parking maneuvers might feel hairy. It has nice-and-easy steering for parking lots, though, and indeed it is a very easy SUV to drive in general.

Off-road

4
There's no low-range gearing, but a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 8 inches of ground clearance, hill hold and hill descent control, and advantageous approach and departure angles give the Highlander admirable off-road capabilities for a family hauler.

Comfort

5
Lexus lite. The Highlander's seats, ride comfort and utterly silent atmosphere are nearly as good as you'll find in SUVs from corporate cousin Lexus.

Seat comfort

5
Heated leather front seats are as comfy as furniture and offer tons of adjustment, including extendable thigh support. The second-row seats are firmer, but they slide and recline in a wide range. The third row is merely acceptable; certain competitors do better.

Ride comfort

5
One of the Highlander's best qualities is its ride comfort. This crossover is highly isolated and confident without feeling like a floating barge. Few if any road irregularities intrude.

Noise & vibration

5
One of the quietest SUVs we've ever measured. Only an occasional wisp of wind noise is evident on a gusty highway pass.

Interior

4
With a couple of exceptions (e.g., some long reaches for controls), the Highlander's interior is highly competitive in terms of access, space and ergonomics.

Ease of use

3.5
Some controls, specifically those for the audio system, are located too far away. Otherwise, Toyota's typical array of controls is easy to use.

Getting in/getting out

4
It can be difficult to reach the third row since the second row (be it captain's chairs or the bench) doesn't provide a wide path to the way back. But the doors are large, and the seats are of a reasonable height.

Driving position

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

Roominess

3.5
As is true of most competitors, the first and second rows provide copious room for adult occupants. The third row is squishier than that of the Honda Pilot, and despite having three seat belts, only small kids are likely to fit three abreast back there.

Quality

5
The quality of materials is high, and during our one-year long-term test of a Highlander, everything in the cabin remained nicely screwed together. Impressive.

Utility

4
Overall cargo capacity is average for this segment, which should translate to abundant room for most families. Small-item storage is very good.

Small-item storage

5
There's a unique built-in shelf on the dashboard that serves as a resting place for phones or other personal items. 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

4
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.

Towing

5
A properly equipped Highlander V6 can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is essentially the standard for the segment. To beat that, you'll need a more rugged alternative such as the Dodge Durango.

Technology

The Highlander's standard suite of safety technology is a nice plus, especially if you don't have the money for a range-topping model. The infotainment interface is pleasantly easy to use.

Audio & navigation

Toyota's touchscreen interfaces aren't the flashiest or most feature-packed, but they are easy to use. The 8-inch version (standard on most models) 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 emergency braking, along with adaptive cruise control and lane departure intervention. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are included on the XLE on up.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota Highlander.

Great, but lots of road noise on some highway surf
John A.,03/21/2018
I bought the 2018 Highlander due to the many standard features, great reviews, and lastly price comparison. No matter what the price, if you don't buy what you like, you'll never like it, so why cheap out. There are many great features in the highlander, nice interior, power, safety features. My previous vehicle was a 2010 explorer and I found it nearly overwhelming to test drive and compare all this new stuff on different vehicles. It’s a lot to consume in a relatively short test drive; it takes days to get to know a vehicle. I settled on the Highlander, considered Jeep, Kia and more. Other reviews pointed out there are many things that beep at you. Yes, but all are expected, seat belts beep if you take it off, lane departure alert beeps, if you have it turned on and change lanes without signaling. Also the lane Alert button is a "sticky button" and does not reset each time vehicle is started, so I only turn it on when I want it for long highway drives. Love the adaptive cruise, makes CC useable. Love the collision alert, have heard the beep and actual braking once when going into a turn a bit too fast (distracted by all the new stuff), it detected the trees on the outside of the turn and braked just enough to slow you down a bit and alert the driver. So I think this was an appropriate response. Obviously there’s a lot more to these systems that I am yet to experience. Lane departure will nudge the wheel in the right direction, but ultimately the driver is in control and the nudge I deem appropriate. I like everything about the new Highlander (including auto headlights, lots of driver legroom, good GPS, great looks, plenty of power, smooth ride, quiet around city, and more) except, the LOAD road noise on some highway surfaces. Need to determine if the Toyo tires are the cause or what I can do about it. I spent 8 hours in it this weekend on Highways and hated the road noise as 91N and 89 through VT seemed entirely like rough surface that produces too much road noise. The road noise changes dramatically with the road surface and I have not noticed/experienced this with previous vehicles including the2010 Ford Explorer I drove 142k with various tires. Also, the JBL speakers are not good. I have a good ear for music and no level of adjustment could make it sound good. The front speakers bounce off the windshield and the whole system is tuned too much for base. I turned base way down but still not good. I never tried the stereo during test drives , assuming it would be good enough and didn’t want to blast the sales person or spend the long time it takes to check all these things, stereo was lower on the list. I was wrong. I would like to hear other reviews/comment on road noise and sound system. The styling of the Highlander is also great, and I like the interior over all. Driver’s seat is VERY comfortable for me and adjusts many ways. Overall I like the Highlander a lot, but the road noise is a big issue for me, and if reduced would help the sound system. With only 2150 Miles, I’ve gotten to know it but will update this review and I hope it helps someone.
Review for serious shoppers
Dennis,02/12/2018
Fair warning, this review is long, intended to provide the kind of consumer details that professional reviewers won’t notice in their few hours with a car. I generally agree with the professional reviews, and if only looking for a 30 second summary, my review is not for you. We’ve owned our 2018 Highlander Hybrid AWD Limited Platinum about a month now. Other contenders included a Lexus RXL, Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Honda Pilot. While never unimportant, price was not the top concern and we bought which one we like the best. That was the Highlander, including over the luxury brands listed. Because we were comparing to and shopping the luxury brands, we ended up at the very top trim level possible. Comments: We’ve been getting about 25 mpg. While not the EPA rating, the EPA doesn’t drive 75 mph either. For a 4500 pound vehicle with over 300 hp, I’m hugely satisfied with the mpg. While many reviews single out the infotainment center as a “con”, it was a huge plus and primary selling point for us. I hate anything that looks like a tablet was stuck to the dash or involves a mouse, joystick, wheel or any other weird input method. The Highlander uses a touch screen, flush mounted in dash, as it should be. Regarding device connectivity, you can connect both a phone and another device for music (like another phone) at the same time if you want. Convenient to have the kids DJ from the back seat, while still keeping my phone connected. The system downloads all contacts, can directly control device music, reads your incoming texts aloud, streams Pandora or other content from a device. OK, it’s not CarPlay……but I think it’s better. Takes about a day to learn, but awesome after that. Toyota, don’t change a thing. The 5 USB power ports (2 in front, 3 in back) are a big deal and a “must have” for our family. Not all competitors had this. The 110 AC household plug is nice too….already used it to keep the crockpot plugged in and warm enroute a Super Bowl party. At the higher trim levels, the interior is luxury level. On par with the Lexus RX, better than the Acura MDX in our opinion. As professional reviewers have noted, the seat comfort is world-class. By far the best of any comparable vehicle we looked at. While I can’t disagree with the professional reviews that XLE is the “value” trim level, it’s not ridiculously more to move up. Limited adds $3K, then Limited Platinum adds another $3K. For perspective, each is well less than 10% of the vehicle price, or collectively, about 15%. For that, you get the following - upgraded wheels, upgraded audio, panoramic moonroof, surround view cameras, front and rear parking sonar, 2 person memory driver’s seat, power passenger seat, LED daytime running lights, heated 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, air conditioned front seats, rain sensing wipers, cargo cover. To us, it seemed very worth it, especially if comparing to and considering luxury brands. On the luxury brands, the option packages cost more than that and often don’t even deliver nearly as much. While not “required”, many of these options are a big deal to us and certainly worth paying for. We use them all the time. Heated second 2nd row seats…. our teenagers love ‘em. Surround view cameras and parking sonar, tremendously helpful. Driver memory seats – needed for a family vehicle where more than one person drives. Panoramic moonroof that extends all the way over the 2nd row – kids love that too. These are great family vehicle options, which is exactly what the Highlander is. Drivewise, the ride is mini-van-esque, which is a good thing (doesn’t drive like a truck). Nothing exciting, but pretty much what you want in a family hauler. While I wouldn’t call it an everyday 3rd row, the 3rd row is very serviceable for occasional use and more than met our expectations. When folded, it also looks neat and flush. Some of the competitors didn’t. In summary, the family features are what make this car. Specifically, all the USB power ports, the panoramic moonroof, the heated seats for everybody, the adequate 3rd row, the driver memory seat, passenger power seat, the ability to connect multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Most vehicles just focus on the driver. The Highlander focuses on the whole family, especially at the higher trim levels, which is exactly why we bought it. A month later, we’re still loving it and are 100% convinced we bought the right vehicle.
Door lock actuator failer
Bob,01/21/2018
The Vehicle's good and bad are very much covered by other reviews. But...... I have 2018 highlander XLE that is less than one month. A couple of days ago, when I press key fob to lock the doors, it doesn't beep nor flash lights (Unlock is okay). I couldn't figure out what setting made that happen. At the first I thought it is just setting that I need to change, but further research revealed it is failed door actuator issue. By reading, http://www.landerfan.com/archives/door-lock-problems-toyota-highlander/ , this problem has been going on several years and still happening. I'm disappointed Toyota hasn't addressed this issue all this years. :(
Buyer's Remorse -- Psycho Transmission
Paul V,08/02/2018
This is the most aggravating vehicle I can recall ever driving. I've had it for three months now and very much regret buying it. Overall, it's a very good SUV but the transmission/drivetrain is a failure. The 8-speed transmission is uncertain and unpredictable at lower speeds (less than 30 mph). It hesitates, stalls, downshifts, and does whatever else it decides to do without any warning or sense of purpose. We live in Washington, DC, and driving in stop-and-go traffic in this Highlander is frustrating and dangerous since we don't know what it will or will not do when we need it to go now! I drive a lot of rental vehicles and have never experienced anything this bad; in fact, the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder I gave up for this was far, far smoother. It does have the automatic stop/start (which I really like -- they've had that in Europe for a long time), but the issues I describe are with the vehicle already running. I brought it to the dealership and the service department did a road test -- said it checked out normal and there were no outstanding service bulletins. As much as we love our Prius V, this Toyota is a huge disappointment.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$40,580
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
MSRP
$39,120
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
MSRP
$43,740
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
MSRP
$46,860
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Highlander safety features:

Forward Collision Warning/Auto-Brake
Detects an imminent collision and automatically brakes for other cars and pedestrians. This standard feature is optional on competitors.
Lane Departure Alert and Steering Assist
Helps keep you in your lane. Another typically optional feature that is standard.
Driver Knee & Passenger Cushion Airbags
Not every competitor has these extra airbags for front occupants. They are standard.

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 Rollover18.5%
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

Toyota Highlander vs. the competition

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

The Pilot lines up the closest to the Highlander in terms of price, function, size and fuel economy. It has a more spacious third row and superior phone integration, but the nine-speed automatic that comes on higher trim levels lacks refinement. Advanced safety and driver assistance features are standard on Highlander, but they're optional on the Pilot.

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Toyota Highlander vs. Acura MDX

Though both have three-row seating, V6 engines and an available hybrid powertrain, the MDX's luxury intentions and features mean it costs more than the Highlander. That money buys you a richer interior, more horsepower, and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that improves handling as well as traction. The MDX also has superior phone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which the Toyota does not offer.

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Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 is smaller and less expensive than the Highlander. It only seats five and has less cargo volume. But you might like the RAV4 because it's slightly more fuel-efficient and maneuverable than the Highlander. Both are available with all-wheel drive and hybrid powertrains, so the difference comes down to whether you want or need the Highlander's larger interior.

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2018 Toyota Highlander SUV for Sale

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The 2018 Toyota Highlander features an inspired front fascia with dynamic front grille and expressive headlights, making for one bold first impression. Highlander's roomy interior gives you enough space to seat up to eight people and provides more comfort along the way with reclining third-row seats. The Highlander's rear suspension was designed to create more space for cargo. The 60/40 split third-row seat has the ability to fold flat and recline to accommodate your needs. Highlander boasts silencing insulation materials along its floor to help keep things quiet, as well as acoustic-type glass in the windshield to further reduce noise entering the cabin. Highlander features a suite of six safety features that include: Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, and more. The Highlander offering a selection of various technology features that will keep you connected, prepared, and entertained no matter how long or short your drive may be.
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More about the 2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV maintains the model's tradition of providing a practical blend of comfort, space and reasonable drivability, along with a bit of style and a host of standard and optional features. Since the 2018 Highlander is carried over, all of the Highlander's strong suits carry over too, including a well-packaged interior, three-row seating, a generous cargo area and available all-wheel drive.

The standard powerplant for the base LE trim remains the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In a big crossover such as this, its performance can only be described as barely adequate. The majority of buyers should order the optional six-cylinder engine.

The relatively new, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood of the Highlander produces 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is actually better than the four cylinder's, too.

The Highlander continues to prioritize comfort over taut handling, although the Highlander remains competitive with its major rivals in this area. Buyers interested in improving handling a bit might want to test-drive the sport-themed SE model.

Inside, the Highlander's cabin, while not ultra-luxurious, combines plenty of leg-, headroom and shoulder room with high-quality materials and an abundance of clever storage solutions. And buyers are sure to appreciate the Highlander's advanced safety features and host of technology options. What's more, the Highlander is impressively quiet on the highway — it might be one of the most hushed SUVs we've ever tested.

The base LE trim comes well-equipped with many attractive safety and convenience features. The LE Plus and XLE models up the standard features, while the SE trim offers both additional standard goodies and a few sporty touches. At the top of the line sit the Limited and Limited Platinum versions, which provide considerably increased comfort and luxury. Let Edmunds help you find just the right 2018 Toyota Highlander to meet your needs.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Overview

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV is offered in the following styles: XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE Plus 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A), LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Highlander SUV 4 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 SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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

Read our full review of the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

5.0 / 5.0

Braking5.0 / 5.0
Steering5.0 / 5.0
Handling4.0 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

5.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort5.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort5.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration5.0 / 5.0

Interior

4.0 / 5.0

Ease of use3.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Quality5.0 / 5.0

Utility

4.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage5.0 / 5.0
Cargo space4.0 / 5.0
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV?
2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,034. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,227 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,227 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,807.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is11.6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 89 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,182. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,501 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,501 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,681.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is13% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 314 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,722. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,400 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,400 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,322.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is11.4% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 49 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,990. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,343 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,343 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$43,647.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is10.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 62 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,044. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,788 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,788 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,256.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is11.1% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 35 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,524. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,040 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,040 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,484.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A) is12.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 29 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,034. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,238 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,238 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,796.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is11.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 21 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,722. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,578 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,578 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,144.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is11.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 11 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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