The Highlander is the well-known three-row crossover SUV which keeps being popular especially among families with more members. The current generation has joined the market in 2014 offering more aggressive exterior design and a bit longer body. The current, 2018 model year also hasn’t brought any upgrades and we anticipate the similar with the newest 2019 Toyota Highlander. However, we could expect this since the Highlander still looks handsome and modern and when we add its long list of safety features, comfortable cabin, we must admit that it is still a strong competitor.
On the other hand, some small upgrades are very likely to happen. So, the 2019 Toyota Highlander should keep the general design and shape but it might be upgraded be a few more exterior color shades. As well, we could see some new design of the wheels. The same is expected for the interior which can get a few minor tweaks such as some new materials and upgraded infotainment system. Perhaps the Apple CarPlay could finally be offered for 2019, but we still don’t have any official information about that. Furthermore, the New Toyota won’t change the current engine offer and there are three options including a hybrid.
2019 Toyota Highlander powertrain
The 2019 Toyota Highlander will be equipped with three types of engines. The base is a 2.7-liter inline-4 with the output of 185 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic gearbox and the power is sent to front wheels. This unit gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The next is a 3.5-liter V-6 which is able to generate 295 horses and the torque of 263 lb-ft. However, this engine is matched to an 8-speed automatic and it is also available with all-wheel drive configuration. So, with FWD it is rated at 20/27 mpg. The all-wheel drive variant gets 19/26 mpg.
The last option is a hybrid. This engine pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 with two electric motors and a 45 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack. It comes with all-wheel drive only an uses a continuously variable transmission. This unit can produce 306 horsepower. In the LE trim, it gets 30/28 mpg while in the higher trim, it is rated at 29/27 mpg.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Toyota Highlander won’t be redesigned and will keep the same styling as its forerunner. The only upgrade we could see this time are more exterior colors and perhaps the new design of the wheels. The interior will also remain pretty much the same expect it might get an upgraded infotainment system and some new materials.
In the technology front, all the Highlanders come standard with cloth upholstery, USB, 6.1-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a power driver’s seat, and 18-inch wheel. The standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and active lane control.
Release date and price
The 2019 Toyota Highlander will probably arrive this fall. Its price will start at around $32,000 and will go up to $50,000.