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What is the Ground Clearance on the 2018 Toyota Highlander?

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is an extremely capable and crossover SUV. With up to three rows of seats, premium interior technology and an available hybrid model, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is capable of getting you from point A to point B in greater comfort, and with more flourish than ever before.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers seating for up to eight passengers and light off-road capability. These two features make it the perfect vehicle for family use and long car trips. For the 2017 model year, the Toyota Highlander received a design upgrade.

Three power trains are available on the 2018 Toyota Highlander with the optional 3.5L V6 delivering a staggering 295-horsepower and 263 lb-ft. of torque. Anybody who has driven a crossover or SUV knows that the power is only part of the story, however.

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When driving in deep snow, or across uncertain terrain, having sufficient ground clearance is everything. Being able to drive over unexpected road hazards without worrying about the fuel tank, exhaust system or other important parts of your vehicle being damaged or scraped. After all, a scratch on the bottom of your car can be a very bad thing.

2017 toyota highalnder in xle trim shown on desert road with hills in background high ride height_oHow Bad is a Scratch on the Bottom of My Car?

Back in August of this year, the driver of a popular American sports car described, in an internet forum, how a one-inch scratch on the bottom of their nearly $100,000 sports car rendered their vehicle totaled. This scratch hit the vehicle at a point where different tensions and pressures need to exist, and because it was an expensive and rare part of the body casing, the car was wrecked.

Sports cars get their prized handling from their low profile, however, and these must be common risks in low ride vehicles. Unfortunately, scratching the bottom of any vehicle, while unlikely to total it, is still a hazard. Your fuel tank, exhaust system and other components are exposed. We’ve all had to steer out of the way of a wayward muffler on the freeway.

2018 Toyota Highlander Ground Clearance

Luckily, the 2018 Toyota Highlander enjoys a decadent ride-height for its class. At a full 8″, your 2018 Toyota Highlander won’t sweat the small, or even medium-sized stuff. Drivers of class competitors like the Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder may not enjoy as worry-free a drive, with ground clearances of 7.3″ and 7.0″ respectively.

[READ MORE: What is the Towing Capacity of the 2018 Toyota Highlander?]

The higher ride height of the 2018 Toyota Highlander is just another way it climbs above the competition – literally, in this case. For more information on the 2018 Toyota Highlander, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!


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