The 2019 Toyota Highlander is not suffering too many changes compared to its predecessor. So, it will inherit huge cargo space and extremely efficient hybrid drivetrain. However, Toyota will upgrade its interior to lure more buyers, especially younger drivers. Although off-road capabilities of the Highlander are at high level, its transmission is working roughly.
Minor changes will include tuning of the existing engine lineup. That means we will see again 4-cylinder and V-6 drivetrains. With modifications of shocks, suspensions, and aerodynamic, fuel economy is getting improvements. Finally, buyers will have an option to purchase Highlander with the plug-in drivetrain. Also, the Japanese company will probably offer the crossover in the same trim levels as before.
2019 Toyota Highlander Engine Lineup
Base models of the 2019 Toyota Highlander will come with the same unit. It is a 2.7-l inline-four drivetrain in pair with a 6-speed auto gearbox. Entry-level models don’t offer a manual transmission, neither does V-6. An 8-speed auto comes as a pair for 3.5-l V-6.
Surprisingly or not, a larger unit is more efficient than 4-cylinder. For the previous edition, Toyota Highlander could achieve 20/27 mpg city/highway mileage, comparing to 20/24 mpg on inline-four. All-wheel drive takes away at least 1 mpg.
The new Highlander SUV is going to combine conventional petrol unit with an electric motor. This will result in hybrid drivetrain which is more fuel-friendly. A bigger 3.5-l V-6 unit is the base for the plug-in combo. Buyers can purchase it only with AWD and electronically controlled CVT. The output of all hybrid trims is 306 hp. This kind of drivetrain is available in LE, XLE, and Limited variants. Fuel economy is generous, especially in the city where Highlander can deliver 30 mpg.
2019 Toyota Highlander Features
The 2019 Toyota Highlander has something for everyone. Among 8 trim levels and 9 color schemes, it is hard not to find the perfect match. The base model has five USB ports. A backup camera is standard offer. LE Plus, as a next trim already offers premium audio system. Adjustable seats will improve visibility. Furthermore, we will find leather seats, 19-inch wheels, sporty suspension, and heating for front seats. Hybrid trim levels have the same offers as its petrol siblings.
2019 Toyota Highlander Pros and Cons
Owners of the 2019 Toyota Highlander predecessor are praising the interior. Spacious and comfortable, it is excellent for long family trips. With extra infotainment equipment and USB ports, the ride is entertaining. Nevertheless, passengers in the third row are not so happy with a view. Another bad thing is that the SUV offers neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto feature. Base 4-cylinder is pretty weak, while V-6 makes a statement with its power and reliability. A hybrid is a great option for a quiet and economical drive.
2019 Toyota Highlander Prices
The base models of the 2019 Toyota Highlander will be available for $31,000. Although variant without many extra features, this is one of the best offers on the market. Significantly improved, an LE Plus model will carry a price tag of around $36,000, while the next least expensive model is Hybrid. At top of the class sits Limited trim in a hybrid variant with the cost of $48,000.