2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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$37,520

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2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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 Hybrid 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 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

3.7

Hybrid Auxiliary Battery

I have had this vehicle for 1 year, purchased it new and it had only 10,000 miles on it when the auxiliary battery failed. This battery is in the interior rear of the vehicle. It is very expensive $300, and an additional $200 to install it. Mine was covered by warranty, but when it fails you are stranded and have to call AAA. This battery turns the car on and without it you go nowhere. I would not recommend the Hybrid's for this reason. By the way, it took my dealer over 7 days to get a new battery as they are in very short supply.

5.0

Best MPG of any larger SUV

This SUV meets all my needs, the MPG and spacious exterior is great. The hybrid aspect of the vehicle is hardly noticeable as it switches to battery mode.

5.0

Best car I've owned, and best investment

Met all my needs for my family of 5. Saved A LOT of money on family vacations because of the amazing gas mileage with plenty of space to spare in the cargo.

See all 27 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
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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