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Comparing the 2018 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid

One of Toyota’s most popular vehicles in its lineup for years has been the Highlander. Drivers seem to love the midsize SUV’s combination of space, power and solid efficiency to go along with an attractive and stylish design that sets it apart.  

What many may not realize is that is has a sister, hybrid-model, the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Let’s take a closer look at these two models and compare the value the two models give to drivers. Note that we’re comparing the 2018 Toyota Highlander with its available V6 engine equipped and the base model of the Hybrid. 

[Learn More: 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Fuel Economy Ratings] 

2018 Toyota Highlander 

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$33,080 starting MSRP 

  • 295 horsepower 
  • 263 lbs.-ft. of torque 
  • 23 mpg combined 
  • 5,000-pound max trailer weight 
  • 145 cubic feet passenger volume 
  • 83.7 cubic feet max cargo volume 

2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 

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$36,670 starting MSRP 

  • 231 horsepower 
  • 215 lbs.-ft. of torque 
  • 29 mpg combined 
  • 3,500-pound max trailer weight 
  • 145 cubic feet passenger volume 
  • 83.7 cubic feet max cargo volume 

As you can see, it’s easy to see why drivers would be so interested in both models! Both have impressive measurements and capabilities that would be enticing to all drivers! The big advantage that the Hybrid has over its sister model is, of course, its higher efficiency. It’s also impressive how powerful the Hybrid remains despite its stronger efficiency, holding its own against the Highlander. 

So, if you’re looking for more power when it comes to towing and hauling and aren’t too concerned about fuel economy, the original 2018 Toyota Highlander may best suit you. But, if efficiency is at the top of your list, the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a great option without sacrificing space or too much power! 

Want to learn more about one or both models? Contact our expert staff at Hesser Toyota in Janesville, Wisconsin, for more information or to schedule a test drive today!