2018 Toyota Highlander: Only a Slight Refreshment


The new 2018 Toyota Highlander is said to come with better styles and better look – an improvement from what they had done with the 2017 model. After all, the SUV has already had its own good stance and look – with the solid ground and reliable driving ability. What can you expect more from the new Highlander, anyway?


There isn’t much for the change but it is a sure thing that Toyota will refresh the look and appearance of their 2017 Highlander – claim it as the refreshment attempt. The updates may include a new color option (or even two) with upgrades on the engine and refreshed styling. Besides the addition of safety features that will be the standard equipment, you can also expect a third row seating and generous cabin that is able to accommodate 8 people just nicely and comfortably. Sounds like a good deal for the 2018 Toyota Highlander before getting prepared for the fully redesigned 2020 model, right?


Because the new 2018 Toyota Highlander will be the slightly updated version of the 2017 model, you shouldn’t expect too much from it. Yes, there will be an updated and refreshed look but not too much. You can expect another color like Walnut Toasted Pearl and Silver Celestial Metallic to be the new addition of the palette from 2017 model. Bigger grille, more pronounced taillights, and a personalized grille finish for each trim and level should be expected. For instance, the Platinum and Limited will get painted chrome finish, while the SE will get the shadowed treatment. How do you differentiate the Platinum and Limited with the same finish? Through the chrome garnish rear bumper style, that is.


The engine sector will not get any changes either. They will remain loyal to their V6 engine, paired with auto eight speed transmission. With direct fuel injection system that can produce 295 hp of power, Toyota thinks it isn’t necessary for them to do any changes – this one is enough, already. But those choosing the hybrid system can expect the V6 engine paired with the battery electric motor. The electric motor won’t be using the recharging plug in style but using the principle of storing the lost energy during coasting and also braking.

The price for the base trim will likely increase with an estimation of around $32,000. The higher end of 2018 Toyota Highlander should start from around $48,000, respectively.