Most people think of the SUV as a bland family hauler, better suited to the Trader Joe’s parking lot than to the backroads and trails near San Diego. We can’t help but feel sorry for them because they’re missing out on all the fun offered by the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Sure, you can use it to brave the mall. But why limit yourself? Get to Toyota Chula Vista and get started on some more interesting adventures.
2018 Toyota Highlander Details
The 2018 Toyota Highlander came in for a redesign last year, and for the most part, this version of the SUV (and its sister model, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid) offer more of the same. There’s an important difference that we’ll get to below.
The trim levels we saw last year (the gas-powered LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited, and the Hybrid LE, XLE and Limited) return this year. Likewise, there’s no change to either the hybrid powertrain or the V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission found in the gas-powered version.
Petrol models start off with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional. On hybrids, all-wheel drive is standard. Options include second-row captain’s chairs, heated front seats, leather, and keyless entry/start. Your Chula Vista Toyota dealer will be happy to give you details on additional options and packages.
2018 Toyota Highlander Safety and Special Features
The change we mentioned earlier is Toyota Safety Sense, which is now standard equipment as it is on much of the rest of the new Toyota model lineup. As a result, the Toyota Highlander earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a five-star NHTSA safety rating.
We suggest the upper trims for upgraded Toyota Entune™ infotainment options, and definitely springing for the all-wheel drive because it makes full use of the SUV’s all-wheel drive and generous ride height.
Buying a 2018 Toyota Highlander
You can have plenty of fun in a 2018 Toyota Highlander whether you’re riding solo or bringing the family. This is an SUV that broadens your options and your sense of what’s possible. Call 619-591-0900 to arrange a test drive at your Toyota dealership near San Diego, or visit Toyota Chula Vista at 650 Main St to see all the great cars, trucks, and SUVs we have to offer.