The Highlander is a mid-size seven-seat crossover sold by Toyota ever since 2000. The car went through three major redesigns with the last being released in 2013. Since then it received numerous small updates while in late 2016 the car received a slightly more comprehensive upgrade. It received a new engine, slight changes on the outside and even a better-equipped interior. With this update, Toyota also announced that the new 2018 Toyota Highlander model of the car is going to be released for 2020 MY which also means that we are not going to receive another mid-life facelift for the car.
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2018 Toyota Highlander Price and Release Date
This doesn’t mean that Toyota is going to leave the car unchanged. In fact, the upcoming 2018 Toyota Highlander is also expected to come with minimal upgrades meant to make it slightly more appealing than the one before it. However, the overall design and most things about it will remain unchanged which means it will not be a reason to upgrade for those already owning one. For everyone else though the upcoming Highlander will more than likely be a great purchase. The price is expected to remain the same as before. The base model should still cost right around $31,500 while a top end version should not go past $45,000 which was often the case with the older model. In order to lower the price, Toyota decided to massively lower the acquisition price for the hybrid model.
Even though there are people out there not liking the way it looks, there is no doubt about the fact the current model, and the 2018 Toyota Highlander, look amazing. This type of crossovers is great for those looking to get the usability of a minivan without the dull looks. The 2018 Highlander should be the same as before. It will get the same aggressively styled front end with the large headlights and massive air intakes. The muscular lines on the sides that continue down the back will make it seem quite a bit larger than it really is. Overall, the Highlander will remain one of the better-looking cars in its class and this is quite obvious when we look at a number of units Toyota sells.
2018 Toyota Highlander Interior
Like the ongoing model, the upcoming 2018 Toyota Highlander should come with all the perks. All three rows will feature cup-holders, AC vents and even plenty of space for adults. On top of that, for this year Toyota may add a few upgrades such as a new infotainment system, slightly better materials and even wireless charging ports for the front and middle seats. The car may also receive other upgrades but it remains to be seen what these upgrades will be.
Because it already received a new powertrain, it is unlikely for the 2018 Toyota Highlander to be any different. We expect the base model to carry on with the same 2.7 liters naturally aspirated unit good for 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid will also use the same 3.5 liter V6 coupled with a set of electric motors. The total output for this will be 306 horsepower which is quite impressive considering the over 27 MPG on average rated by the EPA. The top of the range model will remain the 3.5 liters naturally aspirated V6 which is also expected to remain the best seller. This engine is now good for 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough for most. The older six-speed automatic, which is now available on the base model, should be discontinued altogether. In its place, we should see the superior eight-speed transmission which is currently available only on the higher end versions of the Highlander.