The mix of high-level utility and long-ride comfort for up to
eight passengers in Toyota’s mid-size Highlander can be
combined with the 30-mpg good fuel economy if the hybrid
version would be your choice. Toyota upgraded powertrains,
styling and trim lineup for the 2017 model year and that pushed
up the sales by 11 percent. For the 2018 Toyota Highlander
Hybrid, the changes will be limited to new color options and
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Styling
With the 2017-year refresh, the styling of the last Highlander
evolved to somewhat more aggrieve theme. The old grille was
traded for the large trapezoidal version which has upper and
lower portions divided by the body-painted insert. This grille
adds more aggressive character to this model which is
complemented with the slim headlights. The grille features
different finishes depending on trim level and the same is with
the body cladding. All highlanders have the Led taillights and
base models ride on 18-inch wheels which can be replaced with
18-inch alloys in the Limited version.
The styling of the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid won’t change
to any significant extent and broader color pallet should be
the only upgrade.
Inside, the Highlander will be comfortable and quiet. The front
and middle rows will provide plenty of space while in the last
row only the kids will find enough of comfort. The max cargo
capacity will be up to 83.7 cubes. There will be up to 13.8 cu
ft with all seats up.
The quality of materials and finishes will be in the class top.
Standard Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite is another reason why
you should consider this family hauler as your best choice. The
Safety Sense package includes forward collision warning with
pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high
beams, lane departure warning and prevention. The blind-spot
detection and rear cross-traffic will be optional.
All models will also have a touchscreen interface, tri-zone
climate control, keyless entry and ignition, etc.
Upgrades in upper trims will include leather upholstery, heated
and power front seats, larger center screen, navigation system,
rear seats entertainment, surround view system, premium sound
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Powertrain
For the upgrades in model’s performance and fuel economy, we
will likely have to wait until the next significant update.
Then, the Highlander will switch to the new TNGA platform.
Before that happens, the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will
continue with the current hybrid system.
This system includes the direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine
which in the combination with the electric motors can provide
306 hp. All Highlander Hybrids are all-wheel drive. The front
wheels get power from the V-6 engine, electric motor combo. For
the rear wheels, the power comes front the rear electric motor.
The hybrid versions can tow up to 3, 500 pounds. On the other
hand, the fuel economy numbers should be 30 mpg city, 28 mpg
highway and 29 mpg combined.
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid should hit the roads this
fall. The base versions should have the price tag of around