2019 Toyota Highlander Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is the Crossover SUV That Does it All

There are so many crossover SUVs available these days that it can be tough to tell them apart from one another, but the Toyota Highlander manages to step out from the pack. The Toyota Highlander stands out with its great balance of desirable and affordable standard and available features, capable powertrains, modern styling, and high-quality construction--and their incredible reputation doesn't hurt either.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander lineup includes the tried and true LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited trim models, as well as an arrangement of available special editions.

Toyota Highlander Powertrains

The Toyota Highlander is offered with two engine options: a base four-cylinder motor and an available V6 motor. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder will get you and yours around town with 185 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque, and decent fuel economy, but it does it without much fanfare. Upgrading to the 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is a no-brainer, as it offers more power, better mileage, available all-wheel-drive, and of course, more fun.

The V6 upgrade will also get you a 5,000-pound tow capacity. Front-wheel-drive is standard on the 2019 Toyota Highlander, but Dynamic Torque-Controlled All-Wheel-Drive is available on V6 versions for improved performance.

The Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander is one of the few SUVs around to offer an eco-friendly and highly-efficient hybrid powertrain, and we're pleased to say that Toyota's hybrid powertrain is a hit. All-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrains are available on the LE, XLE, and Limited trims, boosting your fuel-efficiency and horsepower substantially to up to 30 MPG city and 306 horsepower.

Toyota Highlander Interior

The Toyota Highlander is a capable family hauler with a standard passenger capacity of eight. Available second-row captain's chairs offer second-row passengers more personal space, but reduce the passenger capacity down to seven.

In addition to seating for the whole team, the Highlander has plenty of cargo space for all their gear with up to 83.7 cubic-feet available with the seats down or 42.3 cubic-feet of space with only the third-row seats folded down.

However you decide to configure your interior, you can enjoy comfort and luxury with ventilated seats up front, heated perforated leather seats in the first two rows of seating, and soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin.

Toyota Highlander Features

The 2019 Toyota Highlander offers an impressive arrangement of tech and convenience features. The Entune Multimedia eight-inch touchscreen offers satellite navigation, smart device integration, and a variety of infotainment apps and features. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are noticeably absent from the available features list.

The Highlander offers an interior PA system with the Driver Easy Speak feature, which pipes your voice through the cabin speakers in rear of the vehicle. An available rear-seat entertainment system and tri-zone climate control make daily drives and family road-trips more comfortable and relaxing for the whole family.

Toyota Highlander Safety

Safety is of paramount importance for most three-row SUV buyers, and although most manufacturers offer a full safety suite, few offer it standard. Toyota provides the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) System standard on each and every Toyota Highlander, so whether you go with the base model or choose the top of the line Limited trim with all the bells and whistles, you're well-equipped when it comes to safety without any added expense. It's a smart move that other manufacturers will need to match in order to stay competitive with Toyota.

Some of these safety systems include Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Parking Assist Sonar. A Bird's Eye View Camera system is also available, giving you a full view of your surroundings.

Is the 2019 Toyota Highlander a Good Buy?

If you're in the market for a comfortable and well-equipped family hauler, the new Toyota Highlander is absolutely worth a test-drive. With seating for up to eight, a huge amount of cargo space, the latest in safety technology, and a full complement of available infotainment and luxury features, the Toyota Highlander is a smart choice for many families. Although you could potentially find some added features elsewhere, you'll only find Toyota's legendary reliability, durability, and longevity in the new Toyota Highlander.

Whether you're looking for a family SUV, a versatile company vehicle, or an all-wheel-drive hybrid, the Toyota Highlander is a solid bet. It has all the features, capability, and quality needed to take on nearly any busy lifestyle.

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