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2019 Toyota Highlander

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$31,830 s” $47,510 MSRP
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7-8 Seats
22-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handling
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Consistent cabin quality in first and second rows
  • Handy dashboard device tray
  • Huge storage bin between front seats
  • Power-adjustable cushion length available (driver's seat)

The Bad

  • Sluggish acceleration from a stop (V-6)
  • Firm, busy ride
  • Vague steering feel
  • Whistling sound at highway speeds
  • Small third row
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not offered
2019 Toyota Highlander exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Toyota Highlander
  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Hybrid version available

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Our Take

from the hhyucar.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander is a three-row SUV that competes with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. Its™s available in gas-only or gas-electric hybrid form. The base LE trim level comes with a 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Other gas models use a 295-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic; V-6 versions can have front- or all-wheel drive.

All Highlander Hybrid models come with a hybrid system that features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and electric motors. Total system output is 306 hp, and all Highlander Hybrids have all-wheel drive.

Whats™s New on the 2019 Toyota Highlander?

With a redesigned Highlander coming as a 2020 model, changes to the 2019 version are limited to minor trim updates. The SE trim level gets new smoked headlights and taillights, black wheels and black-chrome LED foglights. Limited and Platinum versions have chrome LED foglights.s

What Features in the 2019 Toyota Highlander Are Most Important?

The Highlander’s three-row configuration has standard seating for eight; available second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating capacity to seven. Standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available. Other options include leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a power moonroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and a 360-degree camera system.

Should I Buy the 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The Highlander has long been a good choice for families looking for a reliable SUV with strong resale value. Its available hybrid drivetrain is uncommon for the class. That said, the current model is at the end of its run; the new 2020 Highlander hits dealerships in late 2019. That may make for some deals on current models, but buyers looking for the latest technology will want to wait for the 2020 version.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
222 reviews s” Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(4.0)

Great upgrade from our RAV4

by Larry@TheBeach from Myrtle Beach on September 18, 2019

Our lease was 4 months away from being completed on our 2017 toyota RAV4. We were contacted by the dealership asking if we had given thoughts to a new RAV4. I replied "no way, hate the new design & I ... Read full review

(5.0)

Second Toyota

by PR from Burleson on September 17, 2019

I wanted an SUV this time....I test drove many hhyucar but I really wanted to stay with Toyota. I trust Toyota and this vehicle meets my needs at this time. I am very happy with my choice Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Toyota Highlander currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Toyota Highlander LE I4

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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hhyucar.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a cars™s Latch system and check the vehicles™s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Highlander received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify hhyucar, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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