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2019 Toyota Highlander: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 24, 2018
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Model Preview

Back in 2014, the current-generation Highlander rushed onto the scene with a slightly longer body and more aggressive styling. But since then, things have remained relatively quiet, save for a few tweaks here and there. We expect this lack of change to carry into the 2019 Highlander.

As a carryover model, we do not expect much in terms of exterior updates. That said, the Highlander’s looks are still fairly modern and shouldn’t pose any issues. Although we don’t expect any big changes, we could see a few small tweaks, like an updated list of color options and possibly a few new wheel options.

The interior will also remain largely unchanged from 2018. And if there are any changes, expect them to be subtle, like updated infotainment hardware, additional sound-deadening materials, or new upholstery colors or materials. Although we know Toyota is finally testing the waters with Apple CarPlay in the 2019 Avalon, there's no indication yet that the Highlander will benefit.

Toyota Highlander

The powertrain department is another area we expect not a single change. We expect the base engine to remain a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. The midrange engine will be a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, we expect the 3.5-liter V6 to combine with an electric motor to produce 306 hp. With the engines remaining the same, we also expect the transmissions to carry over. If this proves true, the four-pot will mate with a six-speed automatic, while V6 versions pair with eight-speed units.

Safety is an area where most Toyota models excel, and the Highlander is no exception. The 2018 model not only aced all IIHS crash tests, but it also comes standard with all the safety goodies to make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, including automatic emergency braking. Other standard safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning.

Pricing & Release Date

Based on its typical schedule, we expect 2019 Highlander production to kick off this fall.

Official pricing should remain similar to the current MSRP range of $32,025 to $49,275 (destination fees included).

Competition for the 2019 Highlander will come from the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Pictured: 2018 Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

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