2019 Highlander: The All-Wheel-Drive SUV from Toyota

The mid-size SUV crossover Highlander is one of Toyota’s bestseller with seating for up to 8, improved cargo space, All-wheel-drive (AWD) with dynamic torque control and impressive performance. The 2019 Highlander from Toyota comes in 8 luxurious trim levels including 3 available Hybrid versions. We checkout at Toyota dealer Caldwell to get some more insight into the 2019 Highlander, the all-wheel-drive SUV from Toyota.

Striking Exteriors

The 2019 Highlander has some striking features on the exteriors that can be peeped up with several available options and packages. The bold trapezoid front grill from the LE trim and upwards is unique and blends well into the aggressive profile. The LE Plus adds a flip up rear hatch with a power liftgate with height adjustment. Things get smarter and more stylish as you move up the trim levels with the XLE getting a smart-key system, power moonroof with tilt and slide. The SE gets 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with a black finish and dark-black-accent projector beam halogen with LED auto on/off headlights. The Limited comes additionally with 19-inch chrome alloy-wheels. In the Hybrid lineup, the Hybrid LE comes more or less similar in exteriors to its non-hybrid version, while the Hybrid XLE and Hybrid Limited get the smart-key systems and stylish allow wheel enhancements.

Exciting Interiors

The interiors of the Highlander add plenty of excitement with seating for up to 8, 60/40 split 2nd and 3rd row seating, 5 USB ports and an integrated backup camera provided as standard fittings. Starting LE Plus, you get three-zone climate control, leather-trimmed steering and SofTex trimmed seats. Leather trim seats are introduced the XLE upwards for front and second-row and the Limited gets Heated and ventilated front row seats. The Limited trims again on both the versions come with 2nd row captain’s chairs with which 7 can be comfortably seated.


The Highlander features Entune Audio with Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio provide all the required entertainment. The XLE onwards you get Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation and the Entune App Suite. Infotainment is provided over a 6-inch touchscreen or 8-inch high resolution touchscreen display.

Power and Performance

In the 2019 Highlander LE that can be found at Toyota dealer near Caldwell, you are basically looking a 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-Valve Gasoline engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that gives 185 hp and 184 lb.-ft of torque that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic on a front-wheel-drive (FWD) system. Of course, you have the option to upgrade to a 3.5-Liter V6 with Direct-Shift 8-speed automatic with a choice of FWD or AWD systems that gives 295 hp, 263 lb.-ft of torque, Atkinson-cycle capability and Stop and Start Engine System (S&S). All trims above this get the FWD and AWD systems with the upgraded 3.5-Liter V6 as standard. On the Hybrid trims you get a Hybrid 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC, 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle-capable engine with VVT-iW intake and VVT-i exhaust that support EV,65, 61 ECO and POWER Modes. This delivers 306 hybrid system net hp that’s equivalent of 228 kW power.

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