We don’t expect to see any major upgrades for the new 2019 Toyota Highlander considering that the major update—the first one, in fact—was finally made for the 2018 model year. Along with the major update, come the new 8-speed automatic, a refined V6 engine, revised styling, and new trim levels. Plus, the whole packages of safety tech now have become a part of standard equipment. Keeping that in mind, this means the Highlander will remain as a do-it-all vehicle ideal for a family with its impressively versatile interior.
2019 Toyota Highlander Interior
The exterior, generally, is revised for the 2018 Highlander. On the other side, the interior is most likely similar to the outgoing model. This means the Toyota Highlander will still has the same material, which is pretty competitive although it’s not a true luxury. However, in terms of functionality, Highlander excels, thanks to the shelfbuilt in to the dash in addition to the large storage box tucked beneath the console armrest.
Meanwhile, the second row of new Toyota Highlander is expected to remain ample even for adults, with automatic climate controls to equip. Access to the rear row is good, but there is no much room back there if we compare it with the competitors. The cargo space behind the third row is measured at 14 cubic feet, which can be expanded to 83.7 cubic feet once the seats are stowed. If your garage has low ceilings, the height-adjustable power liftgate will be a truly helpful feature, especially with its memory height settings.
2019 Toyota Highlander MPG
There are 6 trim levels offered for the 2018 model year, and the new Toyota Highlander may still be offered in the same options. They are XLE, LE, SE, LE Plus, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The base LE is equipped with the standard front-wheel drive along with a 2.7L 4-cylinder producing 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque. Only a 6-speed automatic is available. According to the 2018 model year, this base engine is estimated at 22 mpg for combined by EPA.
Meanwhile, if the new Toyota Highlander will still have the same engine options, this means there will be the more powerful 3.5L V6 engine under the hood, rated at 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is expected to improve with the availability of stop/start button that helps save more fuel to consume. The same 8-speed automatic probably still pairs the engine with either 2WD (front-wheel drive) or 4WD (all-wheel drive) configuration to choose from. Even so, the exact number of fuel economy is still unknown to date, even for the 2018 model year.
2019 Toyota Highlander Price
For the 2019 Highlander, the starting price is expected to be from around $31,000. Among other car in its class, this new Toyota Highlander does not drain your wallet. Compare the features and convenience it offers to you and the price will be quite reasonable.
Along with the upgrade for the previous model year, the 2019 Toyota Highlander will still have the relatively roomy interior featuring thoughtful features. The comfort remains excellent too, especially with the V6-powered Highlander—thanks to the compliant and quiet ride the engine offers. This midsize crossover can seat up to 8 passengers as well, even though the third row is cramped and more suitable for children.