The new 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has already been announced. But according to the latest news, it will probably return with the same specifications as before. So, for a complete redesign, we will have to wait for a year or two.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid powertrain and performance
As expected, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will use the same powertrain as its forerunner. It uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine in a combination of two electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery of 45 kWh. This unit has the output of 306 horsepower. This engine will be paired with a continuously variable transmission and the all-wheel drive system will be standard.
As for the fuel economy, the LE trim level gets 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The XL, Limited, and Limited Platinum models are rated at 29 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
The upcoming 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is in its third generation. So, it won’t get any large upgrades since the major refresh is set for the year of 2020 or 2021. The Highlander keeps with the same muscular design; there are the same large grille and elongated and sharp headlamps on the front which give it an aggressive appearance. The Highlander rides on the standard 18-inch wheels while the higher trims are equipped with larger 19-inch alloys. However, this time, the new Highlander could only get one or two new exterior colors.
The cabin of the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will also stay mostly unchanged. It comes with three rows of seats. The first and the second-row seats are cozy and supportive even for long rides while the third row is the most suitable for kids. In the center of the dashboard, there is a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment system. However, the higher trim levels are equipped with an 8.0-inch screen. As for the cargo space, the Highlander offers the space of 14 cubic feet. However, with the second and third rows folded down, there is a room of 83 cubic feet.
The base equipment of all models include Bluetooth, 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat, turn signal mirrors, a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the instrument cluster, and a rearview camera.
The LE Plus trim adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, three-zone automatic climate control, a power passenger’s seat, synthetic leather and cloth upholstery, a flip-up rear window, and so on. The next is the XLE trim. It comes with full navigation, leather upholstery, a moonroof, heated front seats, and a microphone integrated into the console. The SE model will add 19-inch alloy wheels, a sports suspension, and a few more changes in the exterior styling. The Limited also includes a JBL audio system, air conditioned front seats and a heated second row of seats, perforated leather, and memory for the driver’s seat.
On the safety front, the Highlander features Toyota Safety Sense-P package with adaptive cruise control, full-speed automatic emergency braking, active lane control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.
Release date and price
We might see the new 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid later this year or at the beginning of next. The price could slightly rise, but we cannot claim it for sure. The price of the current hybrid model begins at around $37,700.