What’s Changed About the 2018 Toyota Highlander?

December 5th, 2017 by

The 2018 Toyota Highlander has no major changes — but it doesn’t need any. The Highlander nameplate is still riding high on the audacious changes for the 2017 model, which:

  • Enhanced Horsepower and Torque

  • Improved Efficiency

  • Included Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) as standard

  • Revised Exterior Styling

  • Added the Sporty New SE Trim Level

Ready to delve deeper into those profound Toyota Highlander changes?

2018 Toyota Highlander in driveway

Performance and Efficiency

Pushing up engine output while simultaneously achieving stronger efficiency scores? It should never have worked, but somehow it did. All comes down to a state-of-the-art powertrain:

  • New 3.5L V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection

  • New Direct Shift – 8AT 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

  • New Available Stop and Start Engine System

The 2018 Toyota Highlander now makes:

  • Up to 295 hp and 263 lb-f of torque — 25 hp and 15 lb-ft more than the previous generation.

  • Up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highwaywithAWD* — compared to 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the previous generation.

2018 Toyota Highlander in front of villa
2018 Toyota Highlander main view


Not content with revolutionizing performance and efficiency, the latest line of Toyota Highlanders made the following Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) technologies standard across all trim levels:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

  • Automatic High Beams.

They use millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to improve safety whether you’re suffering through stop-start Aurora traffic or cruising sedately between Oak Brook and Joliet. Small wonder the new Highlander earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Score from the NHTSA.

Trims and Style

Toyota Highlander changes affected appearance as well as performance, efficiency, and safety. Revised styling sees a larger, bolder grille and redesigned LED taillights that give the vehicle a modern sense of power.

Toyota even added a new trim level to the mix. The new Toyota Highlander SE includes:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights

  • Sport-Themed Styling

  • Sport-Tuned Suspension

  • 19-Inch Alloy Wheels

Come Explore the New Highlander at Toyota of Naperville

These changes only reinforce the Toyota Highlander’s place at the forefront of the three-row family SUV segment. Contact us today to find out more or arrange a test drive — if you’re already set, why not apply for financing online?

2018 Toyota Highlander sunroof
2018 Toyota Highlander interior