2018 Toyota Highlander  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#14 of 2018 SUVs

#17 of all 2018 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Toyota Highlander
The Highlander, part of Toyota's lineup since 2001, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 8. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The Toyota Highlander provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2020. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Toyota offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Toyota Highlander has a score of 88, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 Toyota Highlander has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0308% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.5207%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0308% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.5207% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is 34% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is 24% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9768Kia CadenzaNissan MuranoHyundai Santa FeNissan PathfinderAcura RDXKia SorentoJeep Grand CherokeeMazda CX-9Toyota HighlanderHonda PilotToyota SiennaGMC AcadiaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Toyota Highlander with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 68 to 97. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is safer than the 2018 Kia Cadenza, the 2018 Nissan Murano, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2018 Acura RDX, the 2018 Kia Sorento, and the 2018 GMC Acadia and less safe than the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is about as safe as the 2018 Toyota Sienna and the 2018 Honda Pilot.

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