2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV Review


Though the model has been around for more than eighteen years, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is changing the current of how we look at Hybrid SUVs. Available at Toyota of Brookfield, WI, it's one of the most innovative vehicles in the segment.

That innovation comes from the fact that while others in the segment were truck-based, the Highlander erupted with Unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension. Eventually, the others followed suit, by embarking on Unibody journeys themselves. This fourth-generation benchmark SUV brings a bold new look to the marketplace, filled with safety, comfort, durability and a powerful Gas/Electric Hybrid powertrain. At the same time, it shows the new design direction the model is heading in.


The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is built using the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is shared with many other vehicles in the Toyota family. Following a total transformation from the last generation, the new Highlander Hybrid has become enlightened and is now even stronger than before, thanks to the extensive use of high-strength steel. In addition to the Highlander's new design, there is a new generation Hybrid system offering a Toyota estimated 34 mpg fuel economy.

On the new Highlander Hybrid, safety is paramount. It's for that reason that Toyota has loaded it with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is now standard on all models of Highlander. Chock full of safeties, it includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

With the Highlander Hybrid's Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, if the driver does not react in time, this mid-size SUV offers braking under certain circumstances. Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) also show up, depending on trim levels.

Speaking of trim levels, the new Toyota Highlander Hybrid is available in LE, XLE, Limited and Premium grades.


It's not just safety in which the Toyota Highlander thrives. There's the entertainment factor, too! Through the Highlander's cutting-edge entertainment and connectivity suite, the offerings are rather versatile. They include a new 8-inch touchscreen display on the Highlander Limited Platinum level and has 6-inch displays on other models. The available Entune Premium Sound System features a combination Navigation and App suite for driver and passenger convenience.

On the outside, the new Toyota Highlander from Toyota of Brookfield, WI, is showing off a new, chiseled line that gives it a more powerful stance with a modern, sophisticated attitude. More confident, it is now bigger than ever. L, LE and XLE grades feature a black front grille with silver trim, while Limited and Premium models are set off by a black grille with chrome trim and a chrome-plated lower rear fascia, premium projector headlamps, and the Highlander's first-ever 20-inch wheels.


The Toyota Highlander Hybrid includes an advanced hybrid powertrain. Starting with the award-winning 231-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid/Electric engine, which is the epitome of smoothness. Featuring Toyota's electronic fuel-injection fuel delivery, it also yields up to 215 lb-ft of torque for generous towing capability. The V6 engine is mated to Motor Generator 1 (an engine regulator), Motor Generator 2 and Motor Generator Rear, which drive the front and rear wheels respectively. Power is directed to a continually variable transmission (CVT) for added reliability and efficiency. The Highlander Hybrid can be equipped with an available towing package capable of hauling up to 3,500 pounds.

As we alluded to above, the Highlander Hybrid is now available in 2WD or 4WD, with a 306-combined horsepower powertrain, enabling a whole new group of buyers to experience Toyota hybrid technology. Like all Toyota Hybrid vehicles, the Highlander Hybrid goes about its business in a seamless fashion, to the point you wouldn't even realize its doing its job.

Toyota Highlander Performance Whichever Toyota Highlander vehicle you have your heart set on, we are your Highlander Hybrid experts. Browse our inventory and be sure to contact our Toyota of Brookfield sales associates for a test drive, today. (262) 671-3608.
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