2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover style SUV that slots between the compact Toyota RAV4 and truck-based Toyota 4Runner in the brand’s SUV lineup. The Highlander is a mainstream version of the upscale Lexus RX and competes in the hotly contested midsize family SUV segment. With seating capacity for up to seven and an available hybrid variant, the Toyota Highlander has mass appeal for shoppers seeking a practical SUV. Prices start at an MSRP of $31,030.

Pros: Seating For Up To 8, Available Hybrid, Buttery Smooth Ride Quality

Cons: Less Interior Space Than Competitors, Underpowered Base Engine

Looks Best In: Shoreline Blue exterior/Ash interior

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Competition: Volkswagen AtlasHonda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX60

Safety Score: The 2018 Toyota Highlander was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.

Summary: The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a versatile and practical three-row SUV. If frequent utilization of the third-row seat is anticipated, be sure to try to Highlander on for size, as its accommodations are smaller than some competitors. The available hybrid makes the Highlander significantly more efficient than its conventionally powered competitors.

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