Toyota Highlander is one of the brawny SUVs in its respective segment and there’s no doubt about it. This full-size SUV represents power at its fullest along with a fierce style statement. Now, as part of the annual life cycle refreshment, this model is entering a new generation as 2018 Toyota Highlander. In total, Toyota Highlander 2018 is expected to come with 5 different trims including LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE and Limited. The base model LE is expected to bear a starting price of around $31,000 or so to say.
For the next line-up of 2018 Toyota Highlander, there’s going to be options for both 4 cylinder and V6 along with the availability of both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
First, a 2.7 L 4 cylinder engine will come as standard with front wheel drive as the only option. The engine is expected to deliver improved outputs of more than 187 HP and 185 lb-ft torque. Similarly, fuel economy is expected to improve as 22 mpg in city, 27 mpg on highways and 23 mpg on a combined scale.
Another engine option will include a 3.5 L V6 which will integrate VVT (variable valve timing) and direct fuel injection for producing power outputs of more than 301 HP and 269 lb-ft torque. This powertrain will make use of an 8-speed automatic transmission and include the availability of FWD and AWD. Official EPA ratings are expected to stay around 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/24 mpg combined.
NOTE: powertrain will be separately categorized for hybrid variants.
Toyota Highlander 2018 is supposed to come with mild refreshment on its exterior styling. The front fascia is supposed to wear an aggressive look with a dominating chrome grille. A bigger Toyota badge with a blue-ish hue on the grille will be a new addition.
The headlights will retain the robust protruding while integrating auto high beam, HID projectors and LED daytime running lights. Likewise, the fog light housing will retain the C-shaped recess along with sporty plastic inserts. All 4 wheel arches will retain the chunky plastic finisher.
2018 Toyota Highlander Interior
There won’t be much changes on the interior cabin either as the dash and center console will retain the previous layout. However, several reports claim the entire in-cab upholstery will get a thorough revision.
Significant updates will be seen on the technological front and some new additions will include USB ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, AUX ports, LED-lit cup holders and keyless start.
As Toyota always does, this upcoming Highlander will be high on overall vehicle safety as well. Standard features on this SUV will include Electronic Stability Control, Rollover Protection, Stability Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Traction Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Safety Alert Seat, Multistage Airbags and Parking Assist.
2018 Toyota Highlander is expected to hit the dealerships during the first half of 2018 and compete against vehicles like Ford Edge, Buick Enclave, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.