Versatile and comfortable, the 2018 Toyota Highlander has a lot to like. Add a classy interior and a suite of standard driver aids, and it gets even more appealing. There's a Highlander model to suit most every need and budget, starting with the base LE with its respectable level of standard equipment and 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive and automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is offered as an option. At the top of the range, the Highlander Hybrid offers a Limited Platinum model with a mix of impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy and upscale equipment. It can be pricey, though, which makes the XLE trim in the standard Highlander lineup a sensible choice. It not only offers a solid mix of convenience and comfort features, but it also comes with the powerful V6 engine under its hood.
With the V6, you'll have a smooth, easy-driving, capable crossover that's powerful yet returns decent EPA estimates. The interior is spacious enough unless you want to carry adults in the rearmost seats. The third row is a bit tight but roomy enough for kids. That's one of the few complaints to level at the Highlander, along with the lack of Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ for quick and easy connectivity with your smartphone. That aside, the Highlander is a real contender among three-row crossovers. If you're shopping, be sure to test-drive the big Toyota.