2019 Toyota Highlander

Original MSRP Range
$31,830 - $49,180
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
19 - 30 MPG City / 24 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2019 Toyota Highlander

What We Like

Standard accident-avoidance tech; strong and efficient engine; a just-right size in terms of interior space and exterior maneuverability; excellent reliability reputation

What We Don't

Small third-row seat for the segment; unresponsive accelerator pedal; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; slow and inefficient base engine

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The SE trim level gets an abundance of extra black trim for 2019. The top two trims gain LED foglamps.

Which Highlander is the Best?

It's a hefty $5,000 jump up to the LE Plus trim level, but its myriad upgrades should be well worth it for your family. The XLE's extras may also be worth considering, especially given its leather, heated seats and kid-friendly sunshades, but we don't think it's worth going much higher than that.

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How Much Does a 2019 Toyota Highlander Cost?

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is offered in six trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. With the exception of the top and bottom trim levels, FWD is standard and AWD is optional.

The Highlander LE ($31,330) starts with the 4-cylinder engine, FWD, 18-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a backup camera, rear privacy glass, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic headlights and high beams, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 8-passenger seating (with a 60/40-split folding, reclining and sliding second-row seat), rear air conditioning, a 6.1-in touchscreen, five USB ports and a 6-speaker sound system. Adding the V6 engine raises the LE's base price to $33,380. AWD can also be added with the V6.

The LE Plus ($36,260) comes standard with the V6 and adds foglights, a height-adjustable power liftgate with a flip-up window, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, upholstery consisting of fabric and SofTex vinyl, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-in touchscreen and an upgraded audio package with satellite and HD radios.

The XLE ($39,220) adds roof rails, a sunroof, passive entry and keyless start, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 4-way power passenger's seat, second-row sunshades, a navigation system and Driver Easy Speak (broadcasts the driver's voice to the kids in the back). Optional on XLE are second-row captain's chairs that result in 7-passenger seating.

The SE ($40,440) is essentially an XLE with sportier styling that includes an abundance of black exterior trim and special LED exterior lighting, plus 19-in wheels and sportier suspension tuning.

The Limited ($42,430) adds to the XLE content its own 19-in alloy wheels and LED running lights, plus rear parking sensors, LED foglights, the second-row captain's chairs, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings and a 12-speaker JBL premium audio.

The Limited Platinum ($45,550) tops things off with a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats and Safety Connect emergency communications. AWD is standard.

The top two trims can be equipped with a second-row bench if you need 8-passenger capacity. All but the LE and the LE Plus can also be had with a rear-seat entertainment system.

Highlander Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD (Natl)$37,520 / $34,2564 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid30630 / 28Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD (Natl)$49,180 / $44,9036 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD (Natl)$46,060 / $42,0536 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD (Natl)$42,580 / $38,8776 Cylinder / Hybrid30629 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE I4 FWD (Natl)$31,830 / $29,0604 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid18520 / 24Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD (Natl)$38,220 / $34,8934 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD (Natl)$36,760 / $33,5614 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE V6 AWD (Natl)$35,340 / $32,2654 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29519 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander LE V6 FWD (Natl)$33,880 / $30,9324 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD (Natl)$47,510 / $43,3786 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD (Natl)$46,050 / $42,0456 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited V6 AWD (Natl)$44,390 / $40,5296 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander Limited V6 FWD (Natl)$42,930 / $39,1966 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander SE V6 AWD (Natl)$42,400 / $38,7116 Cylinder29520 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander SE V6 FWD (Natl)$40,940 / $37,3786 Cylinder29521 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander XLE V6 AWD (Natl)$41,180 / $37,5986 Cylinder / Hybrid29520 / 26Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Highlander XLE V6 FWD (Natl)$39,720 / $36,2646 Cylinder / Hybrid29521 / 27Continuously Variable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Toyota Highlander Safety

Is the 2019 Toyota Highlander a Safe Car?

No other 3-row crossover can top the 2019 Highlander's standard safety equipment. It features antilock brakes, stability control, eight airbags (front, front-side, side-curtain, driver knee and passenger under-seat) plus a backup camera, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning and automatic braking. The XLE trim and above includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, the Highlander earned a perfect 5-star overall rating, comprised of a 5-star side-impact score and 4-star ratings in rollover and front-impact tests. In testing conducted by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last year's mechanically identical Highlander earned the firm's highest rating of Top Safety Pick.

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Overall Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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5 Year Cost to Own

$57,512 ($0.77 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Preferred Accessory Pkg
  • Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Pkg
  • Carpet Mat Pkg
  • Carpet Mat & Cargo Liner Pkg
  • All Weather Floor Liner Pkg
  • Protection Pkg #3
  • Payload
  • Floor Mat Pkg

Competition

2019 Toyota Highlander vs the competition

2019 Honda Pilot -- The Honda Pilot goes toe to toe with the Highlander in all key areas, including interior quality, fuel economy and pricing. It has a more spacious interior, though, without sacrificing maneuverability.

2019 Subaru Ascent -- The Ascent is all-new this year and can best be described as a Honda Pilot built using Subaru Outback parts. The two are very similar in overall packaging and even appearance. Its standard AWD and turbo engine make it stand out.

2019 Mazda CX-9 -- The CX-9 is the athlete of the segment with a sharper driving experience that helps you forget you're driving a three-row family vehicle. It also boasts a snazzy interior, ample feature content and the most efficient engine in the segment.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas -- The Atlas possesses a huge cabin with adult-friendly space in every row. A solid, decidedly German driving feel is another advantage, along with an industry-best 6-year warranty. Read Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Which is Better?

Used Acura MDX -- If you'd rather have a three-row crossover from a premium brand, consider the MDX, which boasts a lot of technology and one of the most spacious interiors among luxury models. Pricing is high, though, so you may have to consider a used model.

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