Road Test: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Road Test: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited


Price: $59,202 (as tested)

Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 with Hybrid Synergy Drive

Trans: Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

Power: 306 hp (net)

Torque: 263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,320 lbs./ 4,916 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 8.1/8.5


New for 2019: Not much new for the 2019 Highlander other than all models coming with black side rocker panels and the Limited and Platinum models including chrome-trimmed LED fog lights.

Segment Competitors: Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Subaru Ascent, Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Traverse, Volkswagen Atlas, GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe

The Skinny: The Toyota Highlander is a fairly versatille vehicle as it is able to haul people and cargo in comfort, at an affordable price in a durable package. The Highlander has been around since 2001 and saw its most recent overhaul back in 2014 which provided us with a good looking, practical and safe SUV which will continue to show strongly in the mid-size class.

Pros: The Highlander provides a well-laid out, functional interior with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. On top of that, our Hybrid model definitely saved us some money at the gas pump.

Cons: Although not the main goal for a vehicle of this ilk, the driving dynamics felt somewhat uninspiring.

The Verdict: The Toyota Highlander is a well-built, family hauler that has enough storage space for tons of cargo and includes all of the usual safety and technology features. Although it doesn’t go above and beyond the rest of the segment, it will likely rely on its and the Toyota brand’s reputation of long-term durability to sway some buyers it’s way.

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