2018 Highlander Adds Tech, Safety Updates

Toyota’s venerable Highlander started off by making waves in the industry and continues to showcase what an automaker can do when it focuses on finding the perfect combination of power, technology, comfort and safety.

Under the Hood

The 2018 Highlander has more power than its predecessors as Toyota engineers refined the V6 engine introduced in 2017. The 3.5-liter engine is direct-injected and puts out 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Improving fuel economy is Toyota’s stop and start engine system, which shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a complete stop and instantly restarts it when the driver’s foot lifts off the brakes.

The engine is teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission for excellent fuel economy and quick, smooth shifts. The available all-wheel-drive system gives better handling on corners as well as increased traction and safety.

Comfort and Convenience

More than 158 cubic feet of space in the cabin means there is a lot of room in the 2018 Highlander, and the 60/40 split folding third-row seat and a 60/40 split second-row seat allow for a variety of passenger seating and cargo carrying configurations.

Noticeable for drivers upon entering the Highlander is the roll-top center console, which gives a comfortable armrest and plenty of storage.

Toyota’s Entune multimedia/infotainment system is standard on all 2018 Highlanders and ranges from a 6.1-inch touchscreen display to an 8-inch display. The system syncs with smartphones for hands-free voice calls, audio streaming and mobile app integration.


All 2018 Highlanders come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense P, which includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

A full set of airbags protects occupants in the event of a collision, and three-point seat belts are standard at all seating locations.

Antilock disc brakes with brake assist help stop the vehicle quickly, and the stability/traction control system helps keep it on the driver’s intended course.

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