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2018 Toyota Highlander

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2018 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • Above-average EPA estimates with all powertrains
  • Nicely sized and well equipped for most buyers


  • Base engine feels a bit underpowered
  • No Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ availability

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

Pricing for current inventory

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The 2018 Toyota Highlander remains a top pick for family-friendly crossover

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.

All Toyota Highlander years

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

5 Stars18
4 Stars5
3 Stars2
2 Stars0
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Toyota Highlander an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Highlander 3rd out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Toyota Highlander details

LE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type


Drive type





185 @ 5800


184 @ 4200

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.