The 2019 Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular crossover SUVs for busy families. With three rows of seats for seven or eight passengers, the Highlander is versatile, spacious, easy to drive and live. The 2019 Toyota Highlander is available in six trims, all very safe thanks to a robust suite of driver-assistance and accident-avoidance systems. The 4-cylinder is offered in the base model, but you are better with a more powerful and more efficient V6 engine. Toyota midsize SUV remains a strong competitor to the Honda Pilot, as well as new competitors such as Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. The only disadvantage from the Highlander is its lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a large three-row crossover SUV with seating for eight or seven. Its available in six trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum.
The base LE is pretty basic but does include the Toyota Safety Sense suite, keyless entry, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a total of five USB ports. We think you’re far better off in at least an LE Plus model. It has the V6 engine, power tailgate with flip-up hatch window, tri-zone climate control, better-quality fabric seating, 10-way-power driver’s seat, and an 8-inch touchscreen with more robust Entune infotainment system.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander offers two powertrain options. The base LE comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder producing 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on all other trims and optional on the LE is a 3.5-liter V6 good for 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic are standard, while all-wheel drive is an option on all Highlander V6 models. We say skip the four-cylinder unless budget is your main priority, because the V6 engine not only has more power but actually returns a better highway fuel economy as well. Note that the Highlander V6 uses an engine start/stop system to save fuel. The system can be disabled with the press of a button if you don’t like, though.
In track testing, the 2019 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. The 4-cylinder Highlander is only rated to tow 1,500 pounds, while the V6 model can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
2.7-liter four-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
185 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 20/24 mpg (FWD)
3.5-liter V6 with 8-speed automatic
295 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
263 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/27 mpg (FWD) and 20/26 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base LE has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $32,375 (including destination fee). You’re far better off in at least an LE Plus trim, which begins at $37,305. The XLE starts at $40,265, while the sporty SE trim at $41,485. Prices continue to climb up to $48,055 for the Limited Platinum V6 with all-wheel drive.