The 2018 Toyota Highlander: The People's Practical and Popular Choice, Ready for Westminster

Sometimes, the car that everyone loves to talk about is not the one that's right for you and your family's needs. However, many times the car that is the safest and most practical is not as well-liked or "fun." While you are looking for the more practical choice, and not a fashion accessory, here at Koons Westminster Toyota, we have an SUV that can be both: the 2018 Toyota Highlander. The Toyota brand is one that people associate with efficiency and practicality already, but the Toyota Highlander takes those qualities to new levels, thanks to its safety features, interior seating and wide range of fun and comforting convenience features.

Here at Koons Westminster Toyota, we have a great deal of Toyota Highlander SUVs in our inventory for you to choose from and we're proudly serving customers from the Baltimore and Hanover, PA areas. Before you schedule that test drive, let's take a look at all the best features that the Toyota Highlander has to offer by comparing it to two other well-known competitors in its field: the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Honda Pilot. 


The 2018 Toyota Highlander vs The 2018 Ford Explorer

  • When it comes to the safety of these two SUVs, the Toyota Highlander has a lot more to brag about, given that it made the list of 2018 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with high ratings in front crash prevention, effectiveness of its headlights and the accessibility of its LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System. The Ford Explorer was not chosen by IIHS as a Top Safety Pick and generally received poor ratings in those various categories.
  • A crucial contributing factor towards fuel efficiency is the overall weight of the vehicle, with the more lightweight SUV being the one that burns through less gas in the long run. The Toyota Highlander weighs in at 4,165 pounds, which is 278 pounds lighter than the 4,443-pound Ford Explorer.
  • All vehicles begin at a starting price suggested by the vehicle manufacturing company, which is known as a "manufacturer-suggested retail price" or "MSRP." The MSRP for the Ford Explorer is $33,135 whereas, the MSRP for the Toyota Highlander is much lower, beginning at $32,025.
  • Despite both of these SUVs being bigger, three-row SUVs, the Toyota Highlander actually seats eight with a middle seat in the second row, unlike the Ford Explorer which has bucket seating in the second row and can seat seven passengers.
  • The Toyota Highlander carried considerably more popularity and received much higher ratings on Kelley Blue Book (KBB) by both consumers and experts alike. The Toyota Highlander received a 8.9/10 expert rating and a 8.4/10 Consumer Rating whereas the Ford Explorer received a 7.5/10 Expert Rating and a 8.1/10 Consumer Rating.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander vs The 2018 Honda Pilot

  • The Toyota Highlander has a bit more comfort and convenience to give to your passengers in the back seats thanks to its rear heater and air conditioner with climate and HVAC air filtration controls.
  • Up front, you and your copilot will enjoy your own controls for climate thanks to front dual-zone climate control, which is standard on all trim levels, including the base LE trim. Dual-zone climate control is absent from the base trim of the Honda Pilot and must be upgraded with a higher trim.
  • While many sedans and SUVs, including the Toyota Highlander, come standard with illuminated vanity mirrors for the front seats, this feature is absent from the base trim of the Honda Pilot and must be upgraded.
  • If you need some extra entertainment features, each trim of the Toyota Highlander comes standard with a CD player and an MP3 decoder, both of which are unavailable on the base trim of the Honda Pilot.
  • All trims of the Toyota Highlander come standard with an outside temperature gauge to keep you informed of the weather outside as you drive. This feature is unavailable on the base trim of the Honda Pilot and must be upgraded.


Get Yours Here in Westminster Today!

Families and safety experts all across the country have given the Toyota Highlander high marks for its practicality and convenience. When you go to trade in your old SUV, consider a new model that gives you style convenience and, above all, peace of mind knowing that your passengers will be as safe as possible. Come test drive the 2018 Toyota Highlander here at Koons Westminster Toyota! We're located at 375 Baltimore Boulevard and we're happily serving the Frederick and Rockville areas as well. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give our sales team a call at (410) 886-0200.