2019 Toyota Highlander Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

The midsize SUVs are designed to transport families, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander is a great example of this. The three-row SUV seats up to eight people and has a long list of standard driver assistance features. There are hybrid and gas-only models, with the hybrid delivering above-average fuel economy.

Overview

Since 2006, the Toyota Highlander was the most popular sport utility vehicle in Toyota’s lineup. The RAV4 won that title in 2006. It was the first mid-sized crossover SUV in America and is known for its superior handling, cabin noise, and ease of entry/egress. It’s spacious and can accommodate seven people. The base level, like all Toyota vehicles, includes a remarkable number of features. The Toyota Highlander is an excellent choice for drivers who don’t want to take their SUV off-road. The Toyota Highlander is available with all-wheel drive, and it remains comfortable for most consumers. The interior options available on the base trim level are comparable to those on higher trim levels in some rival vehicles. For families that are looking for a premium audio system, this could be a significant deciding factor. The Toyota Highlander is a great choice for drivers who are looking for a midsize SUV crossover.

Pricing and Trims

The Toyota Highlander comes in six trim levels, with four also being available in hybrid.

Base LE trim comes with automatic headlights and LED tail lights. It also includes cloth upholstery with 6-way driver and 4-way passenger, heated power mirrors with manual fold, 18-inch wheels, back camera, front and rear manual AC, backup camera, front-and-rear manual air conditioning, Enune six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, CD player and Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth, 4.2-inch color LCD Toyota’s venerable Safety Sense features are standard on every Highlander. They include pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, lane departure alarm, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

The Toyota Highlander LE Plus includes fog lights, gunmetal gray wheels, flip-up back window, height-adjustable motor liftgate, trizone climate control, tri-zone temperature control, an 8 inch high resolution touchscreen for the infotainment systems, cloth/leatherette seats with 10-way power driver, leather steering wheel, and shift knob.

The XLE offers a more luxurious experience with leather seats, 12-way power driver’s chair, second-row captain’s chairs with side tables, power slide/tilt and moonroof, navigation system and “turbine-style” wheels. The XLE comes with a backseat entertainment package, as well as all other trim levels.

Although the SE has many of the same creature comforts as the XLE, it has a more sporty exterior. The exterior features include black-accented headlights, 19-inch black tires, ambient interior lighting in blue, and a door trim with a special pattern.

The Limited trim adds perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver memory and JBL twelve-speaker audio system. It also features chrome-finish wheels with rear bumper, dynamic projection guidelines, auto up/down functionality on all windows and cargo area cover. The Limited Platinum, which is also available in a panoramic moonroof, wooden grain and satin interior trim, heated steering wheels, rain-sensing wipers, surround-view camera and heated steering wheel, is just as luxurious as its name. The Limited Platinum comes already fully loaded. You can only add the rear seat entertainment system or the second-row heated captain chair.

All models of the Limited Platinum, Limited Platinum, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum are also available as hybrids. The trims are identical to their standard counterparts except for the powertrain.

The entry-level LE four-cylinder engine is the only trim that has a smaller engine and starts at $32,000. The MSRP will rise to mid $34,000 and $36,000 respectively if you switch to a LE V6/LE Plus V6. The sticker price for the XLE V6 is closer to $40,000. The price of the Limited is $43,000 and the highest-end Limited Platinum at $47,000. All trims have an option for all-wheel drive, adding between $1,000 and $2,000 to their prices. Opting for the technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly Hybrid trims adds about $2,000.

TrueCar customers receive the TruePrice. This is the price you’ll pay at a Toyota Highlander dealership, including any accessories and incentives.

Performance and Engine

The gas-only powertrain gives Highlander buyers the option of choosing from two engines. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet torque is the base powerplant. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. An optional 3.5-liter V6 is also available. It produces 295 horsepower and 263 pounds-feet torque. This engine can be paired with an eight speed automatic.

Highlander Hybrid combines the 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. This powertrain produces 306 horsepower and is controlled by a continuously variable transmission.

Standard is front wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for those who require extra traction on snowy or wet roads. The Highlander can haul up to 5,000 pounds.

The Toyota Highlander’s gas-only engine achieves a remarkable 21/27 mpg in city and highway. The gas-sipping Highlander Hybrid achieves even higher mileage, reaching 30/28 mpg.

Interior

The Highlander comes with a lot of standard equipment. Each trim level adds a significant amount of extra goodies. Although Android Auto and CarPlay are not yet available, the standard Entune system works well enough. It provides excellent sound quality, Bluetooth and a CD player. You also have the option of a high-res screen.

The interior design of the Highlander is subdued and focuses heavily on comfort. The Highlander rides and feels like a car. However, it has the same visibility and road position as an SUV. It still feels very much like a Camry with its design choices. Customers can choose from either a split 60/40 second-row bench or captain’s chairs. Although the third-row seating option is not a unique feature in class, it is well executed.

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