2019 Toyota Highlander

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$31,830

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2019 Toyota Highlander
2019 Toyota Highlander

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Toyota Highlander trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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

2019 Toyota Highlander review: Our expert's take

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. It’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.

What’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. 

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Buy this car with your eyes closed

I used to own the Infiniti QX60 and loved it in every way. Had to get rid of it because of the famous transmission cvt problems so I got a Toyota. Aside from the interior which is not super sophisticated as the Infiniti, Toyota is a very reliable car. I know engine will always start and the car will always perform. Very comfortable and mileage is great for a V6! Toyota is the best! Everybody else is just an mature.

4.9

Perfect for long road trips!

I traded in an Infiniti Q50 Red Sport which I loved but lacked the size and storage for a move from California to Texas. I bought this 2019 Highlander with slightly over 20k miles on it. Beautiful copper color, great interior. Two days later we were on our way to Texas with 2 dogs and a whole bunch of stuff in the back. Cargo space is top notch and after 30 hours and 2k miles it exceeded my expectations! Great power and gets great mileage, it was on Eco mode at 75/80 on the freeway going through CA, AZ, NM and Texas. I'm 5'3 and my friend is 6'1 and we both found it very comfortable and easy to drive. My fav feature is the radar cruise control: Even at a high rate of speed it would slow down everytime a semi or car would move over and that happened ALL THE TIME then speed back up like I was doing it. I was blown away. I wish I got the presets and running boards but otherwise, I'm thrilled with this Highlander; it won't be my last Toyota.

5.0

My first SUV and I LOVE it

This SUV has met all the needs my family has... It is very reliable...Good on gas... Drives good...Has a lot of features for safety...And has lots of room for everyone to ride comfortably... I highly recommend the Highlander

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

2017

Honda Pilot

$30,745

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2018

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

$36,870

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2020

Toyota Highlander

$34,600

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