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2019 Toyota Highlander
Select a Different Model (13 Available): LE 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 34418
MPG (EPA) 20 CTY /27 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 14/84 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 8/8
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2019 Toyota Highlander MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Standard active safety tech
  • Well-appointed interior on higher trims

You Won't Like

  • Limited third-row space
  • SE model jiggles through turns with poor surfaces
  • Uncooperative transmission

New for 2019

The 2019 Toyota Highlander gets black headlights, taillights, side panels, fog lights, and wheels for the SE trim. Limited and Limited Platinum grades gets LED fog lights with chrome surrounds. LE and XLE variants get black side rocker panels.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover that slots above the compact RAV4 and below the full-size Sequoia. Front-wheel drive is available and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to standard gas-powered models, the Highlander is also available as a hybrid, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. Six trim levels are available for the 2019 Highlander. Depending on the grade, the 2019 Highlander is available with seating for up to eight passengers.

LE: The base LE trim comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, Toyota's Entune interface with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and five USB ports.

LE Plus: Moving up to the LE Plus grades gets you the V-6 engine, fog lights, a flip up rear window, three-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery with cloth inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

XLE: Mid-level XLE models come with navigation, a moonroof, chrome roof rails, heated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, leatherette-upholstered third-row seats, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 120V outlet in the second row, second-row sunshades, second-row captain's chairs, a power liftgate, and Toyota's Driver Easy Speak system.

SE: Positioned as the sporty trim, the Highlander SE builds on the XLE model with black headlight surrounds with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights with black surrounds, black headlights and taillight accents, 19-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, a sport-tuned suspension, and blue LED interior ambient lighting.

Limited: Luxury-oriented Limited models feature a 12-speaker JBL audio system, power auto up/down feature on all windows, leatherette-trimmed armrests, perforated leather upholstery, and 19-inch chrome-look alloy wheels.

Limited Platinum: Range-topping Limited Platinum trims build on the Limited grade with a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a surround-view camera system, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Higher trims are available with a rear-seat entertainment system.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 Highlander comes standard with a 2.7-liter I-4 that makes 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder-powered Highlanders come only in front-wheel drive configuration. A 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 295 hp and 263 lb-ft is optional on the base LE trim and standard on the LE Plus and higher grades. All V-6-powered Highlanders come with an eight-speed automatic.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/24 mpg city/highway for the base four-cylinder engine. The V-6-powered model is rated at 20/26 mpg for front-drive models and 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. On the LE Plus and higher grades, an automatic start/stop system is standard, which improves fuel economy to 21/27 mpg city/highway on front-drive variants and 20/26 mpg with all-wheel drive (20/27 mpg on the LE Plus with all-wheel drive).

Safety

The 2019 Highlander received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS gave the 2019 model a 2019 Top Safety Pick award after it received a Good score on all categories except for headlights and passenger's side front small overlap test where it got an Acceptable rating (Good is the highest possible score).

On the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the 2018 Highlander received a Superior rating after it avoided a 12-mph crash and reduced the speed of a 25-mph impact by 24 mph (Superior is the highest score for the front crash prevention test). The Toyota Safety Sense P active safety suite comes standard on all 2019 Highlanders and includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning with steering assist. Blind-spot monitoring with steering assist is standard on the LE Plus and higher grades.

Utility

With all seats in place, the 2019 Highlander has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space on all but the Limited Platinum model, which has 13.6 cubic feet. Folding the third row increases capacity to 42.3 cubic feet. Dropping everything behind the front seats gives you 83.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity on the LE and LE Plus or 83.2 cubic feet on the SE, XLE, and Limited grades.

When properly equipped, the 2019 Highlander can tow 1,500 pounds with the four-cylinder engine or 5,000 pounds on V-6-powered models.

What We Think

We criticized the 2017 Highlander SE because of its inability to follow bumpy pavement when taken corners on a bumpy road, which upsets it and causes it jiggle. The SE trim's sport-tuned suspension gives it better handling versus the other Highlander models and its steering is unnecessarily heavy, as we noted in a 2017 First Test. Although the Highlander gained more power compared to the pre-refresh model, the crossover's as-tested straight-line performance is roughly the same. Additionally, the eight-speed automatic is tuned to get to the highest gear as soon as possible and refuses to downshift quickly when asked. Ride comfort, on the other hand, is smooth and tire noise is minimal. The third row is best left for two kids or small adults because legroom is limited.

The Limited Platinum grade, which has a more comfort-oriented suspension, is less sure-footed than the SE trim but rides better on smooth roads. Steering is dull and there's excessive body roll when pushed hard. During hard braking, the crossover dove excessively, detracting from the driver's confidence. In a 2019 First Test, we noted that the interior was well-appointed with plenty of high-quality materials. The infotainment system is dated; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing and the haptic feedback buttons on the side of the touchscreen are finicky to use. Customers looking for a three-row Toyota with Apple CarPlay might consider the 2019 Sienna minivan.

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2019 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
LE 2WD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
295@6660
Standard MPG
20/27
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
8/8
Package Invoice Retail

Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: All-Weather Floor Liners; Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Carpet
$259 $442

Carpet Floor Mats and Cargo Liner Package (PIO)

$145 $249

Tow Hitch, Wiring Harness Package (PIO)

$530 $699

Protection Package #3 (PIO)

INCLUDES: [BM] Body Side Molding (PIO); [D5] Door Edge Guards (PIO); [3Y] Rear Bumper Protector (PIO); [WL] Wheel Locks, Clear Chrome (PIO)
$349 $553

Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [GN] Cargo Net-Envelope (PIO); [3Z] First Aid Kit (PIO); Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Carpet
$200 $328

Engine: V6 3.5 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, ECT-i 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Blizzard Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Predawn Gray Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Celestial Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Midnight Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ooh La La Rouge Mica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Toasted Walnut Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Alumina Jade Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shoreline Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front, Rear and 3rd Row

Std Std

Cargo Net-Envelope (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Z1] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
$35 $49

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Siri®, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 4.2-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.003

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 19.2 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Cross Bars (PIO)

$250 $350

Rear Bumper Protector (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EF] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [Q3] Protection Package #3 (PIO)
$99 $139

Body Side Molding (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [D5] Door Edge Guards (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [Q3] Protection Package #3 (PIO)
$125 $209

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Edge Guards (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [BM] Body Side Molding (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [Q3] Protection Package #3 (PIO)
$75 $125

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [3Y] Rear Bumper Protector (PIO)
$39 $69

Mudguards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$80 $129

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MF] Mudguards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Running Boards (PIO)

$399 $599

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

All Weather Floor Mats and Cargo Mat (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$194 $318

Cargo Cover (PIO)

$129 $179

All-Weather Floor Liners

CONTAINED IN: [C9] Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Cargo Mat (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Carpet
$165 $264

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [2T] All Weather Floor Mats and Cargo Mat (PIO); [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Cargo Mat (PIO); [C9] Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Package (PIO); [Z1] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats, Carpet

CONTAINED IN: [CF] Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Cargo Mat (PIO); [C9] Four Season Floor Liner/Mat Package (PIO); [Z1] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [2T] All Weather Floor Mats and Cargo Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Universal Tablet Holder (PIO)

$75 $99

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Warranty Full Service, 24 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Paint Protection Film (PIO)

$219 $395

Paint, Mica

Std Std

Special Color

$352 $395

First Aid Kit (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Z1] Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)
$20 $30

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 8

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Pre-Collison System

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Security System (PIO)

$240 $359

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Ash Fabric Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Fabric Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat, Third Row Bench

Std Std

Seating, 8

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, Entune® Audio AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Wishbone w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P245/60SR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks, Clear Chrome (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [Q3] Protection Package #3 (PIO)
$50 $80
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Toyota announces a Loyalty Rebate Certificate for select customers when financing or leasing a new model through TFS. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-08-2019
$2500 Toyota announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$1000 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 2.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$500 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models when financing through TFS. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 0% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$750 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 1.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 4.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 0.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019
$0 3.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-03-2019