The Toyota Highlander is a versatile three-row SUV that offers buyers an abundance of cargo space, a long list of standard features and roomy seating for eight. There’s also a ton of safety technology. Thanks to Toyota Safety Sense the Toyota Highlander is equipped with Lane departure intervention and Forward collision mitigation, giving you added peace of mind on the road. The Highlander has also received high praise across the board, being dubbed a “top-choice among three-row SUVs.”
Highlander Standard Features
The Highlander LE is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for a higher trim level, you get a 3.5-liter V6 which gives you roughly 200 more hp and 80 more lb-ft of torque. AWD is also an available option with the V6.
What’s really great about this eight-passenger SUV is the long list of standard features that come with it. While Edmunds recommends the XLE trim due to its price and feature upgrades, there is certainly something to be said for the amenities you get right off the hop.
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Heated mirrors,
- Windshield wiper de-icer
- Automatic high beams
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure intervention
- Forward collision mitigation
- Automatic emergency braking
- Rearview camera
- Rear air conditioning
- Height-adjustable driver seat
- 60/40-split second-row seat
- 60/40-split third-row seat
- Five USB ports
- 1-inch touchscreen
- Six-speaker sound system with a CD player
The LE Plus adds a few comfort creatures like foglights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite and HD radio.
The XLE is an Edmunds top pick thanks to the luxury features it adds without a huge price increase. Things like roof rails, leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are just some of the upgrades. There’s also the addition of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems for added peace of mind.
The SE adds LED running lights, 19-inch wheels, and a sporty interior if that’s your thing. The Limited includes rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system. Finally, the
Limited Platinum gains a 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors and a giant panoramic sunroof. And f you want to add a rear-seat entertainment system for the kids, you can on every trim but the LE and LE Plus.
Shopping for a mid-sized SUV means a lot of comparing the pros and cons of competitors including the Nissan Murano, Ford Explorer, and Dodge Journey. Families will enjoy the utility and versatility of space in the Highlander. There’s a built-in shelf on the dashboard where you can store your phone, wallet and other items. There’s also plenty of room for things in the sliding armrest covers.
We also love the easy accessibility of all three rows and the generous amount of space the back providers for diaper bags, backpacks, and groceries. And, with an engine that puts out 263 lb-ft of torque, feel confident towing up to 5,000 lbs. this summer, whether it’s the boat or trailer.
Buying a New Highlander in Edmonton, Alberta
Mayfield Toyota is one of the largest Toyota dealerships in Western Canada offering sales, service, and parts in one convenient location in Edmonton, Alberta. In addition to being a Certified Platinum Dealership, we have hundreds of new and used vehicles and offer dealership-exclusive perks like lifetime free oil changes and Aeroplan Miles with every purchase.
If you are shopping for a new 2018 Highlander in Alberta, stop by Mayfield Toyota and let us show you why Edmontonians have chosen us as their Toyota dealership year after year.