Need a Family SUV? Take a Close Look at the 2018 Highlander

A family walking out to their black 2018 Toyota HighlanderFinding the right vehicle for your family isn’t always easy. If you’re looking for a crossover that provides enough space to seat a family, is stocked with modern amenities, and is not overly large in size, take a look at the 2018 Toyota Highlander.


For the 2018 model year, the exterior has some eye-catching details, such as the front grille. The headlights themselves are expressive, and the Highlander also features integrated daytime running lights (DRL). Other exterior highlights include 19-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed door handles, and high solar energy-absorbing glass in the front windows and rear side windows.


The 2018 Toyota Highlander comes with several different options under the hood, including a 2.7-liter four-cylinder dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine that produces 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. However, if you plan to haul a lot of people or gear, you should look at the 3.5-liter V-6 option. It offers 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque — plenty of power to get you where you want to be. Toyota offers other engines, and the kind you choose depends on your needs as well as what is offered on the trim level.


The interior of the 2018 Toyota Highlander is the star of this vehicle. When all of the seats are in use, it seats up to eight people in three rows of seating. If you opt for second-row captain’s chairs, which will allow you to only seat seven, it leaves you with more room to get to the third row, and there’s even a pop-up table you can use when configured for seven. Each trim level features a power-adjustable driver’s seat and, from the XLE trim and up, there’s a power-adjustable front passenger seat too.

The second and third rows can be stowed away to create ample room for storage. With the simple tug of a lever, the second row folds flat in a 60/40 split, and the third row folds flat via the same type of mechanism. As for the cargo space, the Highlander has 14 cubic feet when using the third row, expanding to 42 cubic feet when not using the second row, and jumping to 82 cubic feet when folding both rows of seats into the floor.

The Highlander features many small-item storage options, including a shelf in the front for your smartphone or sunglasses. The cabin finishes include rubber and soft-touch plastic, with wood-like accents in higher trims.

Safety and Tech Features

The 2018 Toyota Highlander has good collision-avoiding technology and comes standard with Toyota Safety-Sense P. Safety-Sense P includes lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, active lane control, and automatic high beams. Combining its solid structure and air-bag configuration, the Highlander also rates well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named Highlander a Top-Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it five stars.

In terms of technology, the Highlander features an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with integrated navigation in all the trims, except the LE Plus, which uses app-based navigation. A Blu-ray entertainment system is an option for the rear seats, but there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay available on any trim.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander has the look, interior space, and safety features to make a solid family vehicle. Visit Titus-Will Toyota to see our inventory of Highlanders in person and take one for a test drive.


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