Toyota recently presented the redesigned compact crossover RAV4 and the large sedan Avalon is also all-new for the 2019 model. Both models are now in their fifth generation. The new RAV4 is larger and closer to the dimensions of the mid-size Highlander. Actually, the RAV4 is wider and taller than Toyota’s also successful three-row SUV.
The Highlander was, on the other hand, all-new for the 2014 model and most recently updated as the 2017 version. This model is also approaching its new generation but before it hits the road, the 2019 Toyota Highlander will arrive. The 2019 model year won’t bring significant upgrades for the family hauler regarding the exterior and interior design and powertrains. Where it should advance is the upgraded infotainment system and several new options like the new color combinations and wheel designs.
2019 Toyota Highlander: Design
The Highlander updated its styling for the 2017 model year refresh and the 2019 Toyota Highlander won’t go under the knife. The new generation version, expected for the 2020 model year will redefine model’s look.
The Highlander sports relatively modern and sharp exterior appearance. The grille has the split-design form and changes the finish of slats depending on the trim option. The front section comes with the black, chrome or silver finish which contrasts differently with model’s elongated headlights. The sharp lines on the hood, around fenders, over door panels and on the rear section also contribute to model’s attractiveness.
The model also benefits from attractive multi-spoke wheel design and the base version will again repeat the 18-inch units while in the upper grades, Toyota will offer the 19-inch alloys. Toyota will likely offer new color options and wheels for the new model year.
The interior of the model is its stronger side but the new model year won’t add notable changes. The model has driver-oriented dash design and well-placed controls. The Highlander also provides easy access for passengers and they can enjoy in comfortable seats which are comparable with more luxurious Lexus. The three-row SUV is also completive regarding the cargo capacity and delivers more than 83 cubes behind the front seats.
The Highlander is also well-equipped starting from the base version. The new model could bring upgraded infotainment system with Android Car Play features and larger base display. The SUV will also offer larger touchscreen in upper trims as well as upgraded upholstery, premium sound system, heated and ventilated front setas and much more. It will also deliver Toyota Safety Sense P-package of advanced safety systems in all variants.
2019 Toyota Highlander: Powertrains
In the engine department, the 2019 Toyota Highlander will offer the same options.
The base Highlander will rely on the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine makes 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Buyer will get more power and torque from the 3.5-liter V-6 which comes in the combination with the 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive will be available on the V-6 version and this engine provides 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque.
The V-6 engine will also play the role in Highlander Hybrid. This engine works in the combination with the battery and two electric motors for the total output of 306 horsepower.
2019 Toyota Highlander: Pricing and Arrival
The 2019 Toyota Highlander will arrive in showrooms by the end of the year. The price range should again kick off at around $31, 000.