2018 Toyota Highlander Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $32,025 | Price yours
Above Average: Easy to use, easy to drive, unbeaten track record
Below Average: Infotainment features, interior volume
Consensus: Hard to go wrong with Highlander
Who Knew Practical and Safe Could Look so Good?
Roomy, comfortable, thoughtfully designed and stylish, the Toyota Highlander continues to be a segment benchmark highly regarded for its reliability and resale value. The third-generation Highlander offers seating for eight and a wide variety of family-friendly features, plus a choice of two fuel-efficient gasoline engines and a hybrid model. For buyers in search of a hassle-free 3-row people mover in the form of a midsize SUV, the Toyota Highlander remains a must-see.
"Regardless of engine choice, the Highlander makes a great family carrier, with good steering feedback, a tight turning radius, comfortable yet controlled ride and excellent crash-test scores. The sporty SE trim delivers the best handling and looks without any noticeable impact on ride comfort." Get more driving impressions in our 2018 Toyota Highlander review.
The Highlander has unique features like its in-dash shelf and Driver Easy Speak. The in-dash shelf comes exactly as advertised and can hold the usual smartphone, keys and wallet without issue. The shelf stretches from the driver's right knee all the way to the passenger's side door. Driver Easy Speak (DES) uses the integrated microphone to amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers, making it easy to converse with passengers in the way-back without having to take your eyes off the road.
Compare and Contrast
We recently pitted the Highlander against some of the heaviest hitters in the segment, taking six midsize SUVs on a lengthy journey through deserts and mountains, over winding roads and highways. See how all of these new and recently updated models fared in our Midsize SUV comparison. And because they're so commonly cross-shopped, we also have a to-the-point Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison.
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Ask the Owners
Highlander owner HipCheck has this to say: "This SUV seemingly has it all: AWD, great reliability and styling, seating up to 7, a great Nav unit and controls. It should be runaway winner. It's not though. I miss the driving experience of my 2009 MDX and the road feel I was accustomed to. The Toyota steering is so far removed from road feel, it reminds me of the '76 Buick I took my driver's test in." Read more Toyota Highlander consumer reviews.
Build and Price
The 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at just over $32,000 and can climb to nearly $50,000 for the top-tier Limited Platinum Hybrid trim. Build and price your own Toyota Highlander to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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Video: Toyota Highlander Review and Road Test
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