Toyota is among the top players in SUV crossover segment and the Japanese carmaker is now busy in revamping its portfolio for 2019. Also sold in select markets as the Kluger, the new 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the company’s popular midsized crossover.
Made on the same architecture as the popular Toyota Camry, the newest Highlander will get in offer hybrid version. The hybrid version is aimed at environment aware buyers.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid exterior styling and colors
Since its launch way back in 2001 the Highlander has undergone several changes in design. The 2019 Highlander hybrid has got updated styling. The car has got a revamped grille, new LED lamps, bumper. It will be available in three trims-LE, XLE and Limited.
This model will be available with colors like the standard one. The available exterior colors are blizzard pearl, celestial silver metallic, midnight black metallic, ooh la la rouge mica, alumina jade metallic, shoreline blue pearl and toasted walnut pearl. We also expect some new colors in the final version of this SUV.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid interior and cargo space
The cabin has ample space and there are 3 rows of seats. However, the newest model offers great sleek and stylish design. The cargo capacity is decent for its class and the third row, however, is not very roomy. Cargo space is same as in the standard model 13.8 cubic feet and when folded in the second row, the amount rises to incredible 83.7 cubic feet.
Safety technologies and trim features
The 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is laden with advanced safety technologies and the top Limited trim comes loaded to the hilt. The same thing is applicable for included amenities.
LE trim is available with 18-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, windshield wiper de-icer, Bluetooth, keyless entry, 6.1-inch touchscreen. The safety features are lane departure intervention, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.
The XLE trim also adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, front seats with heating, upgraded interior materials, 120-volt power outlet, larger 8.1-inch touch screen, HD radio and navigation. The additional safety features are blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.
The top-notch Limited trim gets features like 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, LED running lights, ventilated front seats, perforated leather seating, rear cargo cover and a premium JBL sound system with 12 speakers. Optional features are automatic wipers, panoramic sunroof, and 360-degree parking camera and heated steering wheel.
The touchscreen infotainment interface offered by Toyota has rooms for refinements. It is slower if we look at the latest generation Smartphone UI. The Limited model fares better in this regard.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid engine power and output
The 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a powertrain comprising a V6 engine, nickel-hydride battery and 3 electric motors. It comes with a 3.5-liter engine that is paired with AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors.
However, when combined these engines gives an output of 306 HP. AWD system is there as standard along with a continuously variable transmission setup. Acceleration is also pretty good and ride quality leaves little to be desired.
Towing capacity and fuel economy
This model will get many features to make easy towing. It will be able to maximum tow 3500 pounds. Fuel economy is good but the cabin is not as silent as you would want it to be.
The hybrid engine is capable to give in city/highway 30/28 mpg for the LE model and 29/27 mpg for the XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum models.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid price and availability
The base trim price of 2019 Toyota Highlander model is approx $32.000 while the top trim with Hybrid engine may touch $55.000 with options. The model 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will debut in late 2018.
Summing it up
The upcoming model 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an enticing and feature packed midsized crossover that gets most things right. The engine is also impressive and pricing is quite reasonable too. However, it loses out to rival owing to cramped third row and average performing infotainment setup.