BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
It has been a pleasure to test drive the 2019 Toyota Highlander for the past week. The ride is like soft velvet and the 295 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine provides a spirited performance attached to an eight-speed variable transmission.
Gas mileage averaged 21 mpg in all city driving, could be better, but this is a larger SUV all-wheel drive that will seat seven passengers with the folding third row seats. The cargo space is quite large and the seats fold down to haul a large load of sporting equipment or luggage.
The Highlander is assembled in Princeton, IN. with a suggested list price of $41,900. A rear seat entertainment system can add an additional $1810 that is optional for the kids in the family.
This is such a fine all-around family vehicle that can plow through snow with the all-wheel drive and stay cool on a 90-degree, September Denver day.
The Highlander has a perfect five-star overall safety rating with eight airbags, power assisted four-wheel brakes and the full Toyota Safety Sense System. This has the radar cruise control and the pre-collision system, rear pedestrian detection, and lane departure alerts, described as the Star Safety System. These safety systems are a vital asset in purchasing a new vehicle that has these new systems, they do work, and they can prevent accidents.
Overall, this Highlander is quality and performance that makes for an outstanding all-around family choice for Colorado roads and weather.
The Highlander’s sister Toyota 4Runner is the family hauling, boat towing, hill climbing SUV that’s been on the road getting it done for five-model generations since 1984. The core. DNA is a body-on-frame “do anything” vehicle. The new 2020 4Runner has a new safety package and numerous new tech, comfort and convenience upgrades. No doubt these changes will reach the Highlander soon.
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