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What Stands out about the 2018 Toyota Highlander

June 6, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of its first vehicles in the large family mid-sized SUV segment, and it’s absolutely killing it in that spot. The SUV isn’t giant, but it does pack in enough seating space for eight people to sit somewhat comfortably. As long as some of those passengers are children you’ll have a lot of very happy campers traveling down the road. The 2018 Highlander isn’t a notable vehicle just because it has lots of seating space though, it packs a interior that reeks of versatility, it comes with a quality engine option and it’s one of the safest SUVs that you can pick up today. These are all things that families are going to be looking for, which is exactly what Toyota is banking on.

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Industry Leading SUV Safety

There aren’t many SUVs on the market today that come standard with anywhere near the tech features that the 2018 Highlander can boast of. It comes packed with things like auto emergency braking and pedestrian detection to keep drivers out of trouble in a range of conditions. The car is fitted with adaptive cruise, lane control systems and auto high beams. All in all it was able to earn a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS and a five star safety rating from the FHTSA, making it one of the safest SUVs that you can buy today without spending a bunch on additional safety packages that aren’t included.

Large and Well Made Interior

The inside of the 2018 Highlander is well-suited to carrying around a bunch of kids from place to place. It packs plenty of cargo space in, there are ample cupholders, there’s a shelf for smartphones, there are hidden USB ports all over the place and the Highlander offers adjustable seating positions for the folks in the back. Overall it’s nice looking and very functional inside the 2018 Highlander. It boasts features like faux wood and a clean dash and console layout, but it’s not going to confuse too many people into believing they’re riding in a Cayenne or other upscale luxury SUVs.

Solid Performance

As long as you don’t make the mistake of getting the base four-cylinder engine, which isn’t strong enough to offer compelling performance when fully loaded up, you’ll enjoy the smooth and reliable drive of the 2018 Highlander. The V6 engine offers 295 HP and handles everyday tasks with ease. Thanks to the top-level 8-speed automatic transmission the SUV has no trouble speeding up, slowing down and taking on everyday driving tasks. It won’t feel sluggish and will actually be pretty satisfying to drive, but you have to pay to make the upgrade or you’ll suffer with the four-cylinder engine.

The 2018 Highlander has a lot going for it and it’s not too bad looking either. It’s not perfect though and serious off-roaders won’t want to push the vehicle too far, just like buyers after the sexiest looking SUV out there probably won’t be too satisfied either. Overall it’s worth a buy and it’s perfect for families looking for the space that it provides.

Travel Comfortably for the Holidays in the 2016 Toyota Highlander

November 24, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

With the holiday season now in full force it’s important to have a capable vehicle to take you and your family where you need to go. Whether that’s to the in-laws Thanksgiving Day meal, or to your family home in December. It’s important to have a big comfortable vehicle that isn’t too bad on gas for such a trip and the Toyota Highlander fits the bill quite well.

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The 2016 Toyota Highlander comes with two different engine options and both are surprisingly efficient for a full-sized SUV. The four-cylinder version gets 20 MPG in the city and 25 out on the highway. The V6 comes with a bit more oomph and still managed 19 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. Either way you’ll burn through less gas than you would with most SUV options available today and that’s a real bonus for long-distance travel.


When staying at relatives one of the most important things that must be done is packing plenty of supplies. You’ll need clothing, electronics, toiletries and everything else that you and your family relies on to be comfortable. Trying to fit all that in the trunk of a sedan might be difficult, but there is ample room at the back of the Highlander. Even with all eight seats filled up there’s 13.8 cubic feet of storage space at the back for packing whatever it is that you need.


Finally there is the comfort factor. After all, who wants to be uncomfortable during a two hour drive out of town? The Highlander is roomy within and will offer the driver and passenger plenty of space while coming with plush and supportive seats as well. The Highlander is accommodating for those in the second row and still has enough space for children to sit comfortably in the third row.

Along with room to breathe, the Highlander comes equipped with an advanced media setup and added comfort features to make drives even more enjoyable for all the family members. It’s a solid SUV that comes with what a family needs for long-distance driving or even the morning carpool.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an Impressive Machine

February 2, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

The 2015 Toyota Highlander hybrid is a pretty desirable vehicle if you have a lot of people you want to carry around without burning through gasoline at a rapid pace. The massive SUV holds between seven and eight people without a problem and everyone can sit comfortably while travelling down the road. While gasoline is pretty cheap at the moment, that isn’t likely to continue for too long, and when gas prices go back up the EPA rated fuel economy of 28 MPG combined will be pretty nice to have.

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The Interior

One of the best things about the Highlander is the interior. It’s nice to lookl at, and provides plenty of comfort and utility features to make it good for most uses. The two-tone interior has a classy look, and while it is packed with nice features, such as a digital infotainment system, and a bunch of hybrid tech, the interior is pretty clean looking and simple. All the buttons in the vehicle are labeled in large lettering, and most of the knobs are large and easy to hold and use.

The front seats are both heated and ventilated while being very supportive and comfortable. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is also heated, making it very enjoyable to use on those chilly winter mornings in northern climates. The Highlander also provides plenty of storage space for when you need to carry home a load of grocierys, or maybe some new appliances or furniture. 13.8 cubic feet of space is aviable with all three rows of seats in place, but when the third goes down into the floor you have 42.3 cubic feet and with the second folded down as well you get a whopping 83.2 cubic feet. There’s also a small under-floor storage compartment for added storage that’s big enough to hold a few bags of grocieries without a problem.

Power and Performance

The Highlander isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but it comes with more than enough to keep it from feeling sluggish. When you add together the 3.5 liter V6 and the two supplementary electric motors you get a total power rating of 280 HP. This is 10 more horses than the standard Highlander, and the vehicle speeds up and slows down with ease.

The Highlander Hybrid is a pretty heavy vehicle and it feels very grounded and provides a great level of traction in all driving conditions. Since electric motors are located both at the front and back of the vehicle it has all-wheel drive and has a very capable feeling when driving it. The Highlander isn’t a fun ride, but it’s not boring either. It’s a good family vehicle, and feels rock solid no matter where you take it.

The only downside to the 2015 Highlander Hybrid is the price tag that it comes along with. It will set you back $48,385, and that’s if you decide that you don’t want any of the available extras. This isn’t a bad price for a vehicle that comes with so many features, and it comes with the upgraded Highlander Limited Trim package, but with gas as cheap as it is today, some families won’t feel like the price is justified.