The 2019 Toyota Highlander returns with the styling that first made its redesigned mark in 2017. But thanks to some new small tweaks, Toyota believes that the mid-sized SUV can still be a contender in the highly competitive segment. Updated lists of options and colors will be available for the new model.
The Highlander’s looks are still modern and shouldn’t pose any issues. The interior will also remain largely unchanged from 2018. And if there are any changes, expect them to be subtle, like updated infotainment hardware, additional sound-deadening materials, or new upholstery colors or materials. Although we know Toyota is finally testing the waters with Apple CarPlay in the 2019 Avalon, there's no indication yet that the Highlander will benefit.
The powertrain department is another area we expect not a single change. We expect the base engine to remain a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. The midrange engine will be a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, we expect the 3.5-liter V6 to combine with an electric motor to produce 306 hp. With the engines remaining the same, we also expect the transmissions to carry over. If this proves true, the four-pot will mate with a six-speed automatic, while V6 versions pair with eight-speed units.
All 2019 Highlanders will again come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P); a suite of driver-assistance features that includes a forward-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with automatic steering correction, automatic high-beam headlights, and radar cruise control to maintain a set distance from traffic ahead. Some small differences may vary depending on which trim level the consumer chooses.
Safety is an area where most Toyota models excel, and the Highlander is no exception. The 2018 model not only aced all IIHS crash tests, but it also comes standard with all the safety goodies to make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick, including automatic emergency braking. Other standard safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning.
All-in-all, the 2019 Toyota Highlander will go once more with the body design introduced in 2017 with an interior that for the most part, won’t change either. A newly designed model is expected in the 2020 model year. The Highlander is still as competitive as ever and should continue to lead the way.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander, like it’s little bro, the RAV4, is expecting on showroom floors late this year. For now, check out the current inventory of 2018 Highlanders at Miracle Toyota!