The 2018 Toyota Highlander tackles the segment with six trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. A Highlander Hybrid comes in three trims, but Toyota markets it separately.
A 2.7-liter inline-four is the standard engine and comes with the base LE trim and front-wheel drive only. We found the base engine anemic, especially when operating under heavy loads. Although our best value pick isn’t the LE, if you choose the base model upgrading to the V6 is a wise decision.
Of the six trims, the XLE ($40,380, including a $995 destination charge) is our top pick as it adds remote keyless entry with illuminated entry, leather seats, navigation, a 120-volt power outlet, retractable second-row sunshades and makes eight-passenger seating possible with its optional bench seat. Grab the rear-seat entertainment system to keep the little ones in the second and third rows occupied. Unless you're in the snowy north, you won't need the Highlander's all-wheel drive, but at $1,065 on the XLE, it's worth the small expense.
- Model: 2018 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD
- Engine: 3.5-liter V6
- Output: 295 hp/263 lb-ft
- Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- MPG: 21 city/27 highway
- Options: : All-wheel drive ($1,065), Rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system with two wireless headphones ($1,810)
- Base Price: $39,915 (including a $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$43,185