2019 Toyota Highlander Review in Boulder, CO

Everything the Modern Family Needs in the 2019 Toyota Highlander

So, the time has come for you to consider a new SUV. The old one had a good run, but now it is on its way out, so a new SUV is the right choice for you and your family. You might not be looking for some gas-guzzling powerhouse of an SUV, but the right model needs to be spacious with enough space for taking a carpool to soccer practice, making a grocery store run, or just taking that vacation you have always talked about! The 2019 Toyota Highlander is the right midsize crossover for you as it blends efficiency with a versatile interior along with, of course, some of the latest in safety features and extra technologies to keep your passengers safe and you alerted on the roads ahead!

Enjoy the 2019 Toyota Highlander in one of many different trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE, and Hybrid Limited.

Possibilities Await in the New Highlander

All you have to do is step foot inside the new Toyota Highlander and you may find your breath taken away at all of its interior space and comfort. The Toyota Highlander gives you so many different ways to enjoy this fantastic SUV, with many configurations for seating and cargo space. Most trims of the Highlander seat eight passengers with second and third row bench seating and fold-flat 60/40 seating configurations in both of these rows. Need more space for cargo? Well, all you have to do is fold in the second and third row seating, which can be done simply and quickly. The Highlander enjoys a more spacious passenger volume than many of its contemporaries with 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seating. When you fold in the seats, you see the cargo volume go up to 42.3 and 83.7 if you need to utilize the entire backseat area for moving larger objects.

The standard seating material of most trims is a fabric-trimmed upholstery, but many trims feature a SofTex® synthetic leather which is easy to clean and treated to prevent long-term staining in order to help with all of life's little messes! Leather upholstery is available in trims such as the Limited, as is power-adjustable heated seats for you and your copilot in addition to the people sitting in the second-row outboard seats.

Safety Comes First, Always!

Of course, safety means everything to parents and caring drivers alike, which is why the Toyota brand has got your back with the 2019 Highlander. In fact, this new midsize crossover boasts some outstanding safety accolades by new car assessment programs all over the country, like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These achievements could not have been possible without such effective safety features such as the Advanced Airbag System, three-point seatbelts with Emergency Locking Retractors (ELR), Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), and its child safety seat anchor system through Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

However, the safety features do not stop here, they continue well into the cockpit. The 2019 Toyota Highlander is one of many new 2019 Toyota models with the Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS-P) suite as a standard feature of all trim levels. This suite of advanced driver-assist features helps autonomously monitor many essential functions of the vehicle and use specially-placed sensors to keep you alerted to dangers and hazards you might not see with your naked eye. Standard TSS-P applications include:

• Pre-Collison System with pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)• Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA)• Automatic High Beams (AHB)• Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

If you want to enjoy more helpful navigation technology, then check out higher trim levels which offer other advanced safety systems such as rear parking sensors and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Power and Efficiency, The Toyota Way

The right engine for the right SUV needs to be more than just an exhaust-belching, gas-guzzling machine. The Toyota Highlander brings efficiency to your daily drive as many other contemporary Toyota models have for years, with a couple different available engines and drive trains. The base engine features a 2.7-liter, 185 horsepower Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) inline four-cylinder engine which generates a smooth and elegant drive with reduced carbon emissions. Available on most other trims is a robust 2.5-liter, 295 horsepower Atkinson Cycle engine with the Stop and Start Engine System (S&S), which autonomously saves fuel by bringing the engine to a complete stop when the crossover is left idle and resuming it when the accelerator is hit. Both of these engines feature variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for responsive and rapid air intake and added efficiency. Despite its robust nature, this V6 engine makes the Toyota Highlander easy to handle and maintains a quiet performance even when driving on the highway.

If you want the most efficiency that this midsize crossover has to offer, then check out the new Toyota Highlander hybrid. This version of the Highlander allows for maximum fuel savings thanks to its two-part hybrid system, consisting of the V6 Atkinson-cycle engine along with permanent magnet synchronous motors to drive the front and rear wheels. These systems work in harmony to charge a sealed Nickel Metal Hydride battery without requiring a plug-in charge.

Advanced Entertainment Options

As you take on that long road trip, you will probably want to turn on some tunes for them to enjoy and maybe turn on a podcast for you and your significant other when the kids fall asleep. Well, the standard Entune™ Audio system allows you to accomplish that and so much more. All trims feature this multi-faceted multimedia system that combines the standard AM/FM radio dial and CD player with other apps such as Siri® Eyes Free, Bluetooth®, iPod connectivity, and advanced voice recognition. Other trims kick the entertainment up a notch with available applications such as:

  • HD Radio™
  • Integrated Navigation
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • A high-resolution eight-inch touchscreen
  • Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay

Check Out the 2019 Toyota Highlander Today!

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is here and ready to become the newest addition to your growing family. Does this midsize crossover sound like something you could welcome to your driveway? If you answered "yes" then head to your local Toyota dealership to test drive one and check it out today!