2018 Toyota Highlander Review
If you’ve got a growing family, then a midsize SUV might be the right choice. However, which model can best acclimate to those Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Mars streets?
With exemplary safety, interior comfort, and multiple engine options, the Highlander makes a great choice. And the Baierl Automotive team intends to show you why with this 2018 Toyota Highlander car review.
Award-Winning 2018 Toyota Highlander Safety
While previous Toyota Highlanders have made a name for themselves by including exceptional safety, the 2018 model really aims to take its array to the next level.
Clearly, the top automotive authorities have taken notice. The 2018 Highlander has earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
These commendations are earned in large part due to the numerous technologies the Highlander employs to improve handling and prevent collisions.
To start, the Highlander features the Star Safety System™. This suite includes your handling features, such as stability and traction controls.
However, the SUV also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). The features in TSS-P use cameras and sensors to predict hazards and help prevent them. Its gadgetry includes:
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Automatic High Beams
A Spacious & Comfortable Interior
When it comes to staying comfy in your SUV, particularly on those much longer drivers, added cabin space is necessary. Fortunately, the Highlander offers 144.9 cubic feet of room, as well as 42.3 cubic feet behind the second row for your cargo.
Once you’ve used your remote keyless entry to unlock the Highlander, you’ll have the pleasure of settling into an available 12-way power adjustable seat. Cloth trim is the standard; however, leather is available, too, if that’s what you’d prefer.
After the seat is configured to your liking, you can make use of the many technologies at your fingertips. Namely, the Entune™ Audio system that combines entertainment and information in one convenient package.
Standard with Entune™, you’ll have a 6.1-inch touchscreen, six speakers, and hands-free calling and texting. However, you can also add in available navigation services.
Toyota Highlander Performance Options
When you look under the hood of the 2018 Highlander, you’ll find a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. When enhanced with variable valve timing with intelligence, this engine can produce 185 horsepower (HP) and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, if you’re interested in more power, there’s a 3.5L V6 engine with an available Stop and Start Engine System. This outfit bumps power up to 295 HP and 263 lb-ft of torque.
Each of these options come standard with front-wheel drive. However, drivers can add in the available Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive system, if they’d prefer higher stability and traction.
Test Drive the Toyota Highlander
When Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Mars drivers need an SUV they can count on, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is a sure bet. Its safety, power, and comfort make it a great choice.
You can see firsthand what this SUV can do by visiting our Toyota dealer. Stop by Baierl Automotive today to take the Highlander for a spin! Schedule a test drive today.