The 2018 Highlander Hybrid starts at $37,665 for the LE trim and can top out at over $49,000 for the Platinum model finished in optional Blizzard Pearl. All-wheel-drive is standard thanks to the electric motor on each axle, along with usual power features plus keyless entry with push-button start, front and rear air conditioning, eight passenger seating, Bluetooth, LED tail lights, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, and a wide range of advanced safety features including a rear view camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist.
The drivetrain consists of a 3.5-liter V6, two primary motor-generators (one for the front wheels, one for the rear wheels) and a secondary motor generator (generator, engine starter, transmission ratio control) matched with a CVT automatic.
We'd skip the base LE and head for the XLE which adds a flip-up rear hatch window, power liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, a moonroof, easier to clean leather, first- and second-row seating (heated in front), faux leather third row seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, second row sunshades, and a Driver Easy Speak system that amplifies the driver's voice through the rear speakers to keep the kiddies in check.
Here’s how we’d build it:
- Model: 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE
- Engine: 3.5-liter V6, two electric motors
- Output: 306 system hp
- Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
- MPG: 29 City / 27 Hwy
- Options: N/A
- Base Price:$42,725 (including $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$42,725