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2018 Toyota Highlander at Kim's Toyota

With the release of the 2018 lineup, Toyota continues to be a premier producer of advanced of utilitarian vehicles that are both affordable and economical. Maybe none of the cars in their lineup exemplify this mold better than the 2018 Highlander. The Highlander is the only three-row crossover to be offered in a Hybrid trim by a non-luxury dealer. That isn't to say, of course, that the Highlander isn't luxurious in its own right, the list of standard and available features flatteringly provides this years model with a confident sense of style and comfort. Read on to learn more.

Engine Performance

  • Up to 30 MPG
  • Available dynamic torque-control AWD
  • Reinforced unibody

Safety Features

  • Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats
  • 3-point seat belts
  • Child-protector rear door locks

Vehicle Design

  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc system with 9-in. display
  • Available black front and rear mudguards

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What engines can I choose from?

The 2018 model will contain one of three engines underneath its elegant and powerful exterior design. Beginning with the LE, the standard engine is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. After the LE every other trim will come standard with 3.5-liter V6 which boosts the power up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. The third option is the Hybrid engine, which builds on the 3.5-liter V6 by adding electronic motors and in doing so produces the most economical MPG. The Hybrid is only available with the LE, XLE, and the Limited trims.

How many trims are available and what separates them?

One size does not fit all. Everyone's life is a unique blend of chaotic long-ranged trips, routine ventures to the grocery stores, and extensive drives to work. This is why Toyota offers the Highlander in one of six trims (nine if you include the hybrid engine options), that way when you're looking for the right car for you it's just a matter of picking the trim that best suits your needs. The base trim is the LE which comes standard with heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, five USB ports, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth. Following the LE Plus, the XLE, the SE, the Limited, and the Limited Platinum. The best of these might very well be the XLE or the Limited. The XLE piles on a sunroof, upgraded upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch display, roof rails, heated front seats and simulated leather third-row upholstery. Meanwhile the Limited takes everything that the XLE and the LE and adds LED running lights, rear-parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

What kind of standard safety features can I expect?

The Highlander comes stacked with an impressive array of safety and security features guaranteed to reduce the probability of an accident beginning. The 2018 comes fixed with Toyota's Safety Sense, which packages a Pre-Collision system, a Pedestrian Detection system, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The Highlander also receives Toyota's Star Safety system, an advanced bundle of preventative technology that includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and Smart Stop Technology. On top of all of that the interior is of course lined with a whopping eight standard airbags. Put it all together and you can confidently drive the 2018 Highlander with minimal worries.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a dynamic and versatile vehicle wrapped in modern ease. It has all the cargo space and seating of its mid-sized crossover companions, but with the added benefit of optional boosts in economy. It is the perfect car for a family that needs utility, comfort, and efficiency. Come down to our lot to test drive it today, or just contact us by phone or e-mail.

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