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A roadtripper's dream come true.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV with seating for up to seven to eight passengers. It's a great fit for your busy lifestyle with lots of style and comforts to match. The Highlander has a small third row—with a little less than 28 inches of legroom on the 2019 model—making it a good choice for drivers who want the occasional third-row option to carry extra gear on those weekend adventures .

The 2019 Highlander has optional all-wheel drive and a hybrid option if you're looking for less stops at the pump. The Highlander also comes with a variety of engine and drivetrain options to suit your needs. It's flexibility makes and feature-rich interior makes this SUV a fan-favorite for commuters and roadtrippers who will appreciate more space. In this 2019 Highlander Review, we'll cover:

Key Specs and Features

  • The 2019 Toyota Hybrid comes with three engine options: a 185-horsepower four-cylinder, a 295-horsepower V6 (with or without stop-and-start technology), and a 306-horsepower hybrid V6.
  • All-wheel drive is an available option on all trim levels for the 2019 model.
  • Captain's chairs in the middle row recline and slide while a middle-row bench seat with seating for three is an available option on the XLE and Limited trims.
  • All trim levels of the 2019 model come with the Toyota Safety Sense™ system, which includes pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, steering assist, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Driver Easy Speak, a standard feature on XLE, SE, and Limited trims, amplifies the driver's voice for back-seat passengers.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Great for families

The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes with seating for seven to eight, making it a great choice for larger families. The small third-row, with 27.2 inches of leg room, is best suited for children.

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In addition to fitting passengers, the Highlander's Driver Easy Speak feature (XLE, SE, and Limited trims) amplifies voices from the front, making it easy for passengers to hear, no yelling required. Available options like the rear entertainment system are well-suited to keep your friends occupied on road trips.

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2. It's not too thirsty

Although it's a large car, the Toyota Highlander is a good choice for drivers who are conscious of their impact at the pump. The 2019 Toyota Highlander's four-cylinder engine with two-wheel drive, and the V6 with all-wheel drive. both get an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined fuel economy.1

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The V6 with two-wheel drive gets an estimated 23 mpg combined.1 For green-conscious shoppers , the hybrid option is a stellar choice. The hybrid 2019 Toyota Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.1

3. Plenty of Tech Features

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The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes with an array of tech features that increase both comfort and peace of mind. The 2019 Highlander comes standard in all trim levels with lane departure warning, steering assist and adaptive cruise control. Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats also come as standard. In addition to these features, the Highlander has tech features that focus on comfort. Inside, the 2019 Highlander features five USB ports so that all passengers can stay plugged in. Optional tech features like high-definition radio (available on the LE Plus and higher trims) and a surround-view camera (available on the Limited trim) make the Highlander's technology features better than ever before.

4. All-wheel drive

For drivers in wintry climates, navigating snow and ice on the roads during the colder months can be a major concern. You can feel more confident in a 2019 Toyota Highlander when tackling tough roads. All-wheel drive is an available feature on all trim levels of the 2019 Toyota Highlander, including the hybrids. Because all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, you can select the Highlander that is best for you, and know that you'll feel more comfortable driving in different conditions.

5. Towing Capacity

If you enjoy camping or boating, you'll love the Highlander's towing capacity offerings. The 2019 Toyota Highlander can tow an estimated 1500 pounds with the LE trim (which has a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine) when properly equipped, while the LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited trims (which come with a 295-horsepower V6) can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2 That's enough to tow a small camping trailer or motor boat. The hybrid Highlander (306-horsepower hybrid V6) can tow an estimated 3,500 pounds when properly equipped at all trim levels.2 That's enough to tow a teardrop trailer or two small recreational vehicles like jet skis or snow mobiles behind the 2019 Hybrid Highlander.

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What You Need to Know

Trims

The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes in five trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited. The 306-horsepower hybrid V6 engine is available in LE, XLE, and Limited trims.

  • LE: 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine, cloth seats, driver-assist features like automatic safety braking and lane keep assist, and a 6.1-inch touch screen.
  • LE Plus: 295-horsepower V6 with start-and-stop technology, cloth seats with leather trim on the first and second rows, an eight-inch touch screen, and high-definition radio.
  • XLE: 295-horsepower V6 with start-and-stop technology, leather in the first and second row with synthetic leather in the third row, third-row seats that recline, option for a third-row bench to seat a total of eight passengers, and Driver Easy Speak voice amplification becomes standard.
  • SE: Sports-tuned suspension, black leather seats with silver stitching, 19-inch alloy wheels, and blue LED accent lighting.
  • Limited: Leather seats in the first two rows, options for second-row bench seating, ventilated front seats, and power windows with auto up/down. The Platinum package also becomes available, which features a panoramic sunroof and a heating steering wheel.

Exterior Colors

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is available in the following colors:

  • Alumina Jade Metallic
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Ooh La La Rouge Mica
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Salsa Red Pearl
  • Shoreline Blue Pearl
  • Toasted Walnut Pearl

Interior

The 2019 Toyota Highlander has three rows. It comes standard with captain's chairs in the middle row and offers total seating for seven passengers. An optional second-row bench is available on the XLE and Limited trim levels unless they are hybrids. The base-level LE trim comes with an eight-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system, while all other trim levels come with an eight-inch display. The 2019 Highlander has standard Bluetooth® connectivity and USB ports.

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Similar Vehicles

If you are considering a 2019 Toyota Highlander, you should also consider these similar vehicles:

Honda Pilot

The 2019 Honda Pilot comes with seating for seven to eight passengers and optional all-wheel drive. The Pilot has a spacious third row that has 31.9 inches of legroom, making it comfortable even for adult passengers. The Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 46.8 behind the second row, making it a great choice if you're regularly transporting gear. The Pilot comes standard with a 280-horsepower V6 engine. When properly equipped, the front-wheel-drive version with the 280-horsepower V6 can tow an estimated 3,500 pounds, while with all-wheel drive it can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds in all trim levels, making the Pilot a good choice for drivers with campers or boats.2 It comes standard with Bluetooth® connectivity and USB ports, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are available as options.

Toyota 4Runner

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner offers seating for five passengers, except in the SR5 and Limited trims, which offer optional seating for seven. It is an excellent choice if you're the outdoorsy type; rather than all-wheel drive, the 4Runner comes with true four-wheel drive, which is designed to increase its off-road capabilities. The OffRoad and OffRoad Premium trims offer even more performance. The 2019 4Runner comes standard with a 270-horsepower V6 engine and all trim levels with that engine can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2 Inside, the 4Runner offers 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and a fairly basic interior, featuring a six-inch infotainment display system.

Chevrolet Traverse

The 2019 Chevy Traverse has seating for seven to eight, depending on whether you choose Captain's Chairs or a second-row bench. Even in the third row, the Traverse has 33.5 inches of legroom. The base trim of the 2019 Traverse comes with a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, but most trims come with a 310-horsepower V6 that can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2 With seven trims to choose from, the Traverse covers an array of tastes. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all trims.

Kia Sorento

The 2019 Kia Sorento comes standard with seating for seven. It has a three-person bench seat in the second row and two seats in the back row that have 31.7 inches of legroom. The Sorento comes with a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with a 290-horsepower V6 as an available option. The Sorento, with the 290-horsepower V6, can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2 The Sorento comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connections. Leather seats and driver-assist features like lane-keep assist are available on the SX-and-higher trim levels.

The Bottom Line

The Toyota Highlander is a versatile car that is a good fit for you if you occasionally need a third row. The vehicle's standard features and optional all-wheel drive make it appealing to families who like to travel.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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