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2018 Toyota Highlander LE vs LE Plus

Toyota creates multiple trim levels for each model so car shoppers trying to match a vehicle to their lifestyle and budget have options. Lower trim levels are perfect for car shoppers who are looking for a basic feature set and more money in their pocket at the end of the day. But, before choosing a lower trim level, we suggest doing your research to make sure you are getting all of the features you expect.

To aid in your research, we have included some specs and key features of the LE and LE Plus trims on the 2018 Toyota Highlander below. Keep reading to see if the base trims on the 2018 Highlander offer everything you are looking for.

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Highlander LE and LE Plus

2018 Toyota Highlander LE


2018 Toyota Highlander LE Plus

$31,030 MSRP $35,460
2.5-liter four-cylinder Engine 3.6-liter V6
Yes Toyota Safety Sense Yes
No Power Liftgate Yes

Key Features of the 2018 Highlander LE and LE Plus


The LE trim is the 2018 Highlander's base level which makes it great for car shoppers looking for a budget-friendly choice. For a base trim, it is surprisingly well-equipped and offers a lot of features that aren't found on the base trim of competing models. The 2018 Highlander LE includes Toyota Safety Sense (lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams), a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, five USB ports, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and Bluetooth compatibility.

LE Plus

One of the largest changes with the LE Plus trim is the addition of an upgraded 3.5-liter engine that is rated at 295 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and increases the max towing capacity of from 1,500 pounds to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Other feature upgrades on the LE Plus trim include fog lights, a flip-up rear hatch window, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation, SofTex upholstery, and leather-trimmed interior accessories.

Car shoppers in the Knoxville, TN area on the hunt for 2018 Toyota Highlander models can find them at the Fox Toyota dealership in a variety of trim levels and exterior colors. Check out our online inventory to see which 2018 Highlander models we currently have in stock or visit the dealership during normal business hours.