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 features shuffling.
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 package, etc.
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 $37, 000.