The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE Car Review

Written by Jane Emery

The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE – Comfortable, Roomy, Great Safety Features, Fuel- Efficient, a Smooth Ride and So Much More

For those who want a bigger, family-friendly car, but don’t want to enter minivan territory yet, the 2018 Toyota Highlander LE could be the wheels for you. The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE is probably better known as an SUV, but with the addition of a third row of seats, it has the room to transport eight passengers – or more than half of your kid’s soccer team – and the power to tow all their equipment, if needed.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE offers a variety of seating options; you can opt for individual captain’s chairs for the second row, remove the second-row seats entirely, or fold down the third row, all of which give you plenty of room for storage. With the third row in use, you’ll enjoy 14 cubic feet of cargo room; when the third row is down, that jumps to 42 cubic feet. That’s plenty of room for big-box purchases, party decorations, athletic equipment, or whatever your schedule demands. The seats themselves are comfortable and serve as a nice reminder that the Toyota and Lexus brands share a common origin – as will the smooth ride you can expect in the Highlander.

2018 Toyota Highlander LE Car Review

However many passengers join you, they’ll enjoy access to five USB ports, as well as Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. With so many entertainment options, don’t be surprised if your passengers scuffle over who gets to play their music over the audio system! Drivers, meanwhile, can look forward to a power-adjustable seat, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, a rearview camera, tilted windows, and turn signal mirrors.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE can get you through snowy, slick streets, but it’s not necessarily the vehicle for serious off-road conditions. But if you need to haul a load, the four-cylinder Highlander can tow up to 1,500 pounds with the proper equipment in place, and the models with V-6 engines can take up to 5,000 pounds.

2018 Toyota Highlander LE Car Review

Excellent Safety Features
The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE’s safety features are a big plus, and even better, they come standard on all Highlander models. The Highlander is equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense-P package, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings with full-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, active lane control, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. In addition, you’ll find a full set of airbags and a car structure designed to withstand crashes. Governmental authorities agree as well; the Highlander earns a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and five stars from the NHTSA.

2018 Toyota Highlander LE Car Review

The entry-level 2018 Toyota Highlander LE offers a fuel efficiency rating of 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. A hybrid model is available as well. The base model 2018 Toyota Highlander comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $31,030.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE checks off many boxes for many kinds of drivers, whether you’re looking for a family car to transport a large brood and their belongings or a vehicle with a safe, smooth ride for big group outings. The Highlander has the features both drivers and passengers will appreciate, bolstered by an industry-leading safety system. This auto instills confidence for everyone who sits inside.

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