New 2018 Toyota Highlander More Than Miss Congeniality

Posted Monday, Dec 25, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The Toyota Highlander is a likeable mid-size SUV, as it checks off all the boxes most consumers want when shopping for a vehicle in that class. The vehicle doesn’t always get the credit its due, however, as it offers a variety of features that other mid-size SUVs fail to emulate.

For 2018 the Highlander, now available at Los Angeles Toyota dealerships, is largely unchanged, as Toyota appears to have hit upon a winning formula for the vehicle.



Toyota provides a decent 2.7 liter four cylinder engine standard with the Highlander. However, it’s the optional 3.5 liter V6 engine that really stands out. This engine generates 295 horsepower and 263 lb. ft. of torque, making it one of the better engines in the mid-size SUV class. The V6 actually gets better fuel economy than the smaller engine, averaging 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

A hybrid gas/electric engine provides even better fuel economy, obtaining 29 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Toyota is one of the few automakers that produces a hybrid mid-size SUV, so fuel scroungers and environmental advocates alike may make the Highlander their SUV of choice.

Consumers also have the option of all-wheel drive, a feature that not all mid-size SUVs offer.


The 2018 Toyota Highlander’s cabin is a cut above its competition. The vehicle seats up to eight people in three rows. The vehicle has quality seating and materials at its base level, and upper trim levels of the vehicle include some very luxurious options, including leather upholstery, an abundance of soft-touch surfaces, power liftgate, and more. Standard tech features are generous and include five USB ports, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, and more.



The Toyota Highlander earns a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Highlander also offers a generous set of standard safety features that often exceed those offered by rivaling vehicles. Standard active safety features include a collision alert, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Consumers can also opt for features like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view monitor.


The new Highlander starts at about $31,030, which is about average for a vehicle in its class. A top trim level Highlander will set you back about $45,000. The Toyota Highlander sales hit an all-time high in 2016, selling 191,379 units. The Highlander appears set to break that record in 2017 if sales remain steady throughout the holidays.

Toyota Highlander U.S. Sales
Year Sales
2010 92,121
2011 101,252
2012 121,572
2013 127,572
2014 146,127
2015 158,915
2016 191,379


If you’re shopping Toyota dealers in Southern California seeking a new Toyota Highlander, be sure to visit North Hollywood Toyota. This Los Angeles-area dealership has a great track record of helping customers find new and pre-owned Toyotas that fit their needs and budgets.