2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.7 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 185 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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The Toyota Highlander is a mid-sized near-luxury crossover competing in a crowded segment where just about every major auto manufacturer has a hat in the ring. What makes the Highlander successful is its blend of technology, convenience and Toyota durability at the right price. With plenty of standard features, plus a bevy of options, all wrapped in an attractive package, the Highlander stands out in a crowded field.

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What's New For 2019

The Highlander enters into 2019 mostly unchanged aside from aesthetic updates to the body-side rocker panels in black, chrome accents and darkened updates to the headlights, taillights and fog light housings.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2019 Toyota Highlander

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Toyota Safety Sense P
    • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Entune Audio -inc: the Entune Multimedia Bundle (6.1" high resolution touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port w/iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology), Siri Eyes Free, Intelligent Touch controls and integrated backup camera display w/projected path
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" Split 5-Spoke Machined-Face Alloy -inc: gunmetal grey finish and black center caps
    • Tires: P245/60R18 105S AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Silver Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Auto High-Beam Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manually adjustable driver's and 4-way passenger seat,
    • Driver Seat
    • Passenger Seat
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Recline, Manual Fold Into Floor, 3 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Front Cupholder
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, Conversation Mirror and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Fabric Seat Trim
    • Urethane Gear Shifter Material
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Distance Pacing
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Valet Function
    • Rear Cupholder
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.7L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve w/Dual VVT-i
    • Transmission: Electronic 6-Speed Automatic (ECT-i) -inc: sequential shift mode and snow mode
    • 4.356 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 5,665 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 1455# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 19.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Security System Pre-Wiring

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 83.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 42.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 13.8
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.7 L/163
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 185 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 4200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 192.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 75.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 68.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 144.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 44.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 59.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 57.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 59.6
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 57.1
    • Third Head Room (in) - 35.9
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 27.7
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 55
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 45.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 24
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Highlander
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/60SR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/60SR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.30
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.90
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.42
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.61
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.15
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.36
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4134
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • 070 1H1 1J9 218 3T0 4W4 6W4 8V5
  • 070
  • 1H1
  • 1J9
  • 218
  • 3T0
  • 4W4
  • 6W4
  • 8V5

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The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover known for its passenger comfort, cargo space that’s beyond impressive, family safety, a strong V-6 and an impressive hybrid edition.

The styling was tweaked with more sharp angles last year, and the interior was improved, so the changes for 2019 are all cosmetic. The SE gets dark-tinted headlights, taillights, foglights and wheels, while other models get black plastic rocker panels and some new contrasting chrome.

The base engine is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower, with front-wheel drive only. The engine that’s far more common is a 3.5-liter V-6 making 295 horsepower, mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive. The V-6 Hybrid makes 306 horsepower with the help of its electric motors, and is one of the most fuel-efficient larger crossovers.

The ride is soft and luxurious, and the handling is good especially considering it can seat up to eight people in comfort. The blocky styling might suggest more rugged use, and with all-wheel drive it’s certainly capable of snow and mud, but for off-road use the Toyota 4Runner makes more sense.

An all-wheel-drive Highlander with the V-6 engine is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined, which is about average for a family crossover. The base 4-cylinder engine gets no better, in fact a bit lower on the highway. A V-6 with all-wheel drive costs about $3,500 more.

The Hybrid gets a solid 30/28/29 mpg in LE trim with 18-inch wheels, and 29/27/28 mpg for the XLE, Limited, and Platinum with bigger wheels and a roof rack that increases drag. It’s only available with all-wheel drive.

The Highlander earned five stars overall from the NHTSA for crash safety in 2018, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover. The IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+. The Highlander leads its rivals in standard active safety equipment, including forward-collision warnings, full-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights.


The 2019 Highlander is available in LE, LE Plus, SE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum models, many of which also come as a Hybrid. Prices span from about $32,000 for a 4-cylinder front-wheel-drive LE to more than $50,000 for a Lexus-like Highlander Platinum Hybrid. Even the LE is well equipped, but surprisingly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality are not available on any model.

The LE comes with either engine. It doesn’t look like a base model with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, and turn-signal mirrors. The interior gets cloth upholstery, a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster, a rearview camera, power driver’s seat, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth.

The LE Plus adds about $2,400 to the price and includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, smartphone-driven navigation, three-zone automatic climate control, a power passenger’s seat, synthetic leather and cloth upholstery, a flip-up rear window, and more.

The XLE adds a moonroof, GPS navigation, real leather, heated front seats, and the capability for the driver’s voice to come through the third-row speakers.

Highlander SEs have a firmer suspension and sportier appearance, all that black trim, plus black leather upholstery.

The Limited trim adds cooled front seats, a heated second-row seat, and a JBL audio system, while the Platinum adds a surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic moonroof.

The all-wheel-drive-only Hybrid is similarly equipped and comes in every model but the LE and SE.


Overall, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is well-proportioned and muscular. The grille looks like a five-blade shaving razor. It’s a long wagon-like vehicle that makes no bones about being a minivan substitute—but it doesn’t go all-in with sliding side doors.

The SE doubles down with all that black trim. It’s not a performance model—it just likes the sporty clothes.


The Highlander cabin is comfortable and well designed, resulting in convenience, functionality and good looks.

The wide two-tiered dashboard is laid out logically, with pass-throughs for USB chargers to keep it clean. There’s an abundance of small storage spots, in addition to the shelf that’s integrated into the dash. The quality of the materials is high, and the trims are mostly attractive. Some wear silver plastic trim, others a woodgrain.

The infotainment system is easy to use but it can be slow, and unfortunately Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available.

The Highlander’s forte is carrying people. The front seats are soft and supportive, with power adjustment on the driver’s side; the XLE and above get power for the passenger as well.

The second-row seats slide fore and aft, allowing for ample legroom. Two captain’s chairs are available to replace the three-person bench, which improve access to the third row. That rearmost seat is livable for small adults, but best for kids as all of them are. It folds with the pull of a lever, creating a flat but somewhat high cargo floor.

The 2019 Highlander’s cargo space is beyond impressive. There’s a trunk-sized 14 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row; an extremely useful 42 cubic feet with the third row folded; and with the second row folded, you can fit 83 cubic feet of stuff in there.

Driving Impressions

The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder is standard on the front-wheel-drive LE, and makes just 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That’s not enough to pull a two-ton crossover without straining much of the time. Fortunately the LE can come with the V-6 and all-wheel drive.

The 3.5-liter V-6 makes an ample 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s the pick of most Highlander buyers and it’s recommended, but there’s one more option.

The Highlander Hybrid is available in LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trims, and uses a version of the V-6 engine mated to a battery pack and two electric motors that power the rear wheels, making every hybrid all-wheel drive. It makes a combined 306 horsepower, but isn’t faster than the standard V-6 because it has 300 more pounds to carry. It responds to smooth driving. Its continuously variable transmission isn’t as smooth as the 8-speed automatic and it drones under hard acceleration, but fuel economy gains may be well worth it.

The Highlander’s steering is precise and light. The suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride, not nimble handling; if it’s too much that way (and if you like black) there is the SE model, which has a firmer ride and corners better, although it’s still hardly a canyon carver.

The LE and XLE models ride a bit better thanks to 18-inch wheels with plenty of sidewall to cushion sharp impacts. The Limited and Platinum have 19-inch wheels that are noticeably firmer.

A fairly high 8.0 inches of ground clearance makes modest off-roading possible, but the 2019 Highlander is not equipped for anything beyond the occasional rough dirt road.


The 2019 Toyota Highlander offers all the bona fides families want in a three-row crossover SUV. The V-6 with 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is a great powertrain. It’s very safe. The ride is nice and the handling is consistent with the mission, carrying eight people in comfort. The mission was not to double as a minivan, but with the vast interior capacity, it can do just that.

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