The upcoming 2019 Toyota Highlander is the most appropriate crossover SUV for active families. The roomy cabin, three-rows, seating for seven or eight are the things that make the new model so easy to drive. The Highlander is available in several trims, but all are notably safe, by virtue of accident-avoidance and driver-assistance systems.
A new set of exterior and interior colors will also make a debut with this release. Moreover, the 4-cylinder engine is standard for the base model but you can also purchase the more powerful V6 drivetrain. The thrilling hybrid model is available as well.
This mid-size SUV is still a strong competitor to the Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and the VW Atlas. If you’re looking for dependable, functional, good looking and safe vehicle the 2019 Toyota Highlander is the right thing.
2019 Toyota Highlander Configurations
In order to meet the needs of the customers, the upcoming 2019 Toyota Highlander will have six trim levels. This crossover SUV offers the LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited an Limited Platinium. The LE isn’t reduced to the essentials but its four-cylinder powertrain is a bit of disadvantage.
The LE Plus has significant upgrades, such as V6 engine, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate. Moreover, the Limited and Limited Platinum brings even more luxurious features with optional packages. The SE model definitely stands out with exclusive styling and sportier driving dynamics.
The standard output on the base LE is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed transmission. All-wheel drive can be added as an option to the V6. The standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, and the Toyota Safety Sense bundle.
2019 Toyota Highlander Colors
The new 2019 Toyota Highlander has to offer a plenty of colors in the palette. Besides the performances and safety features, the Japanese carmaker always looking for the improving visual aspect as well. The Toyota Highlander brings nine incredible exterior colors variants and four types for the interior.
For the exterior, you can choose between Blizzard Pearl, Midnight Black Metallic, Predawn Grey Mica and Salsa Red Pearl. Furthermore, with the higher trim level comes five more color options. Unique Alumina Jade Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and wonderfully red Ooh La La Rouge are also available.
Also, you can choose between four interior color sets. The base model comes with only black interior and LE will have Black and Ash as well. Higher XLE and LE Plus add Almond and Saddle Tan is reserved for top-flight Limited and Limited Platinium models.
2019 Toyota Highlander Interior
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover with the ability to take in seven or eight passengers. If there’s a need for eight seats, go with the second- row bench. Usually, the pair of captain’s seats is available in the second row but it reduces the total seat count to seven. For better cargo flexibility, both of the rear rows can fold nearly flat.
Also, the driver’s seat is above average in comfort and with higher trim levels can be furnished in leather. Heating and ventilation functions are available depending on the trim as well. The central touch screen for audio and information functionality is 6.1-inches for lower trims and 8-inches in the higher ones.
The seats are fabric-and SofTex-trimmed with 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, including power thigh and lumbar support. The XLE models add a moonroof, The Easy Speak intercom system, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
2019 Toyota Highlander Engine
The 2019 Toyota Highlander will have three powertrain choices. The base LE comes with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder and 185 hp, powering the FWD through a 6-speed automatic transmission. If the budget isn’t your first concern try the V6 engine with 295-horses and 8-speed automatic gearbox. Not only that V6 has 110 more horses it also gets better highway economy ( 27.mpg vs. 24 mpg).
On top of that, there’s a hybrid, which combines the V6 with electric motors for a total of 306 hp. An all-wheel drive is an option on all V6 models too. The four-cylinder Highlander is set to tow only 1,500 pounds but more powerful V6 can pull up to 5,000 pounds. Also, the V6 uses an engine start/stop system to save fuel. But if you don’t like the possibility of the engine to shut off at stoplights the system can be disabled.
2019 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price
The MSRP for the 2019 Toyota Highlander starts at $33,000 for a base, 4-cylinder LE model. Yet again, you’ll be far better off with at least an LE Plus model, which price starts at $37,500. However, the LE Plus offers more comfort and luxury that you’ll enjoy on a daily base. The price continues to climb, with the top-class Limited Platinium model that starts just over $48,000 with all-wheel drive.
The Hybrid begins around $38,000 and climbs closely to $50,000 with all of the additional features and gadgets. With this set of prices, 2019 Toyota Highlander is in line with Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Traverse, and Volkswagen Atlas. Still, this SUV costs less than the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent. The release date of the new model for 2020 is somewhere around the spring of 2019.