Driver-assist features can help prevent accidents, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander offers a full complement of these amenities as standard equipment. This family SUV also impresses with its comfortable ride quality and strong fuel economy.
Toyota’s 2019 Highlander is a midsize crossover SUV that competes with models like the 2019 Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas. It seats up to eight passengers, and it’s offered with gas-only and hybrid powertrains. Gas-only models come in LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, and there’s also a Nightshade Edition model that will have a run of just 5,000 units. The hybrid variant is sold in LE, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trims. Gas-only models are offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is the only configuration available with the Highlander hybrid.
The Highlander’s Nightshade Edition model is new for the 2019 model year.
Toyota’s design language has grown edgier and more assertive in recent years, and this is reflected in the HIghlander’s sheet metal. A slatted, pyramid-shaped grille makes a bold statement in front, and it’s flanked by upswept headlights. Slim windows and an ascending beltline help give the Highlander’s profile a tapered, stylish appearance.
Our Highlander SE test vehicle came in a shade Toyota calls Predawn Gray Mica. This hue has an industrial look that complements the Highlander’s modern aesthetic. While the Highlander’s exterior design isn’t quite as upscale as that of rivals like the 2019 Mazda CX-9, its confident styling will appeal to shoppers who want a vehicle that looks solid and assertive.
The Highlander’s standard features include automatic projector-beam halogen headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals, daytime running lights and rear privacy glass. Highlander XLE, SE and Limited models add a power-sliding sunroof.
Optional exterior equipment for the 2019 Toyota Highlander includes LED daytime running lights, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, a height-adjustable power liftgate, roof rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers. Highlander Limited and Limited Platinum models also benefit from 19-inch wheels.
The Highlander’s cabin looks attractive and solidly constructed. The dash has a pleasing heft, with chunky metallic accents and an asymmetric design. Our test Highlander SE was equipped with leather upholstery that nicely complemented the cabin’s contemporary appearance.
This Toyota SUV offers generously sized accommodations in its first two rows, but the third-row seats will be a tight fit for adults. The driver’s seat in our test vehicle provided long-lasting comfort, and the front seats were wide enough to easily accommodate those with larger physiques.
With all seats in place, the 2019 Highlander provides 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and this swells to 42.3 cubic feet with the third row folded. With both the second and third row lowered, the Highlander delivers up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
This gives the Highlander more room for your stuff than rival crossover SUVs like the 2019 Kia Sorento. That model provides 11.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row, 38 cubic feet behind the second row and 73 cubic feet with the second and third row folded.
The base Highlander model comes with interior amenities such as air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding second-row bench seat that slides and reclines, a 60/40-split third-row seat that folds flat and reclines, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and power windows and door locks.
Optional equipment includes three-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and second-row captain’s chairs.
Toyota’s Highlander gives buyers a choice of three powertrains. The Highlander LE comes with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine good for 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and it’s matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
All other gas-only trim levels are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, and it provides 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine is governed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the Highlander hybrid, the 3.5-liter V6 is teamed with electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery to produce a net output of 306 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) governs the proceedings.
Front-wheel drive is standard on gas-only models, and all-wheel drive is optional. All Highlander hybrids come with an all-wheel-drive system.
Our test Highlander SE felt smooth and sure on the road. Its V6 engine delivered dependable power for weaving through city traffic or merging with fast-moving vehicles on the highway. Overall, our Highlander provided the comfortable driving dynamics that shoppers expect from a family vehicle.
The gas-only Highlander achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 21/27 mpg city/highway. With the hybrid, mileage tops out at 30/28 mpg. These numbers make the Highlander one of the most fuel-efficient picks in its segment.
Toyota’s Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Toyota has equipped the Highlander with a competitive range of tech goodies. That said, smartphone mirroring technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not offered. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a CD player, a six-speaker audio system, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and Siri Eyes Free. Options include satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 12-speaker JBL stereo and a rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system with a 9-inch display screen and two wireless headphones.
Overall, we found the HIghlander’s infotainment interface to be user-friendly and easy to operate.
The Highlander comes with a broad range of standard driver-assist features. All models are equipped with adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system with steering assist, a rearview camera and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection. The list of options includes a surround-view camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
Pricing for the Toyota Highlander starts out at $31, 530 for the base LE trim level, not including a $1,095 delivery charge. The most expensive trim level is the Limited Platinum, which starts at $45,750. Adding all-wheel drive brings a $1,460 price increase. Hybrid models cost at least $1,620 more than their gas-only counterparts.
We imagine the LE Plus trim level would be a great fit for most shoppers. This trim adds amenities such as a V6 engine, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, fog lights and an 8-inch touchscreen. The Highlander LE Plus starts at $36,460.
The Highlander’s pricing is comparable to that of most rival models, though choices like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento are less expensive. When you consider its generous list of standard driver-assist features, the 2019 Highlander offers good value.
The Highlander’s easygoing handling, comfortable cabin and generous cargo capacity make it a great choice for families. It’s also one of the most frugal choices in its segment, and this can save you money at the gas pump.
With its expansive list of standard active safety features, the 2019 Toyota Highlander also provides solid value. Overall, this midsize crossover SUV is easy to live with and easy to love.
By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 1/24/2019)
Warren Clarke is a writer and editor whose work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News and Edmunds.com. He enjoys providing car owners with information that can help enhance and simplify their lives.
"I am very happy with the 19 Highlander. After 15K of miles, I have had no issues. Solid vehicle. I am glad I purchased the rubberized mats with the original car. It is keeping my clean" Read Less
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2019 Toyota Highlander Pricing
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The price range for the 2019 Toyota Highlander is $25,932 - $37,999.
The average selling price is $31,900.
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$31,830 - $47,510
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$25,932 - $37,999
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