2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Lexus RX 350

Looking for a car to invest on requires careful thinking. More than just looking at the outside and deciding because of what you see, it is more important to highlight important aspects that will give you your money's worth later on. If you are caught in between buying the 2018 Toyota Highlander and that of the 2018 Lexus RX 350, it is crucial to weigh in on several factors. After reading the comparison below, you will find out why the Toyota is a far better choice over the other.

Design & Style

Looking at these two models side by side, you will realize that both cars have very impressive exteriors. What you will notice from the outside though is that the 2018 Toyota Highlander has larger wheels, which means it has better traction. These tires provide better handling as well when compared to that of the 2018 Lexus RX 350.

Going inside the car, you will be able to spot more differences between these two. It is with no doubt that the Highlander has a bigger space because it can accommodate up to 8 passengers whereas the RX 350 can only carry up to a maximum of 5 passengers. It also has a bigger cargo area and better headroom for passengers.

Technology & Safety

Technology and safety are very important factors to consider when purchasing a new car. For the 2018 Toyota Highlander, expect an easy to use interface. It is not loaded with unnecessary features which is a plus because you do not have to be bothered reading the manual and learning how these features are used. Safety wise, it comes with Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which, as the name implies, protects both the driver and his passengers from Whiplash. It also comes with a driver alert monitor that allows detection if the driver is inattentive or not.

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 may have front-side impact airbags, driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and a host of other features but all these are also standard features in the 2018 Toyota Highlander. It also comes with a nine-speaker audio system that will delight users. But it does not have the whiplash protection system and driver alert monitor which the Highlander has.


Supercharged by a 3.5-liter, V6 engine, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 can produce up to a maximum of 267lb-ft of torque and 295 horsepower. The Toyota Highlander has the same engine as its Lexus counterpart that produces up to 263lb-ft of torque and 295 horsepower. There may be a difference with the torque but this difference is negligible because they still produce the same power at the very most.

The Bottom Line

With all the great things said about the 2018 Toyota Highlander, you will definitely say yes to it as your next car. It is a worthy investment with a large cargo space and a size that can accommodate more people. It is also gifted with safety and technology features that the 2018 Lexus RX 350 lacks.

Ready to Schedule Toyota Highlander Test Drive Today?

If you want to experience the features offered by the 2018 Toyota Highlander, come for a test drive with us at Colonial Toyota. We are located in Milford Connecticut and we serve the needs of car buyers from the entire state. You can drop by our showroom today or call us in advance to book your Toyota Highlander test drive appointment.

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