2019 Highlander Hybrid Comparison Review

Strong Horsepower.


Built-In AWD.


Impressive Fuel Economy.


Convenient Creature Comforts.


Standard Safety Features.


Surprising 5-Year Value.


There are not many three-row hybrids on the market. The 2020 Ford Escape is set to have a hybrid version, but beyond that, there are no options in the mid-size SUV class. That is, except for the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. While the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid has yet to have released tangible numbers, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid certainly has impressive statistics.

For beginners, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has 306 horsepower standard. The non-hybrid 2019 Highlander Hybrid with a V6 engine has 295 hp. Since we don’t yet have statistics on the 2020 Ford Escape, we will use the 2019 model, which starts at 290 hp. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder gets a starting horsepower of 284, and the 2019 Honda Pilot gets a slightly lower 280 hp. The 2019 Subaru Ascent gets 260 hp, and the Mazda CX-9 brings up the bottom with a starting horsepower of 227.

This extra horsepower is impressive, but what most people want when looking for hybrids is fuel economy. The 2019 Highlander Hybrid does not disappoint. Before we look at the fuel economy numbers, a quick note. The 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes standard with All-Wheel Drive. This helps give traction to all the tires in your vehicle, creating greater grip in rough conditions like snow or rain. Because All-Wheel Drive affects fuel economy, all comparisons will be done with the competitor’s AWD numbers. The only vehicle in this comparison that does not have an AWD option is the Subaru Ascent.

Now, with that out of the way, let us look at the fuel efficiency numbers. In its base LE trim, the 2019 Highlander Hybrid gets 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. On all other trims, the number falls by one for both city and highway so that the split is 29/27. The base 2019 Toyota Highlander gets a split of 19/26, so if you are expecting to drive in the city, you can easily get an extra 11 mpg.

No vehicle in its class can match the 2019 Highlander Hybrid’s fuel economy. The 2019 Subaru Ascent has the highest non-hybrid base fuel economy of the class at 21/27. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is not far behind at 20/26. The 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder both have fuel economies of 19/26. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse runs at 17/25. Bringing up the back, the 2019 Ford Explorer gets a 16/22 split. When compared to the Ford Explorer, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE achieves 14 better mpg in the city and 6 more mpg on the highway.

While you save money with the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you will also enjoy various creature comforts that come standard. The 2019 Highlander Hybrid has standard dual zone air conditioning. This allows you to change the temperatures for the driver’s cabin from the rest of the vehicle. If your kids or passengers want a different temperature than you, then it is no problem. This feature costs extra on competitors like the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Ford Explorer.

For the winter months, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has standard heating outside mirrors. When frost coats your car, it can be difficult to clear the rear-view mirrors specifically. With this feature, they will defrost, allowing you to drive safer. This feature costs extra on not only the 2019 Honda Pilot but also on the 2019 Mazda CX-9, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

In addition to its creature comforts, the 2019 Highlander Hybrid also comes standard with several safety technologies. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association) recommends that vehicles come with four standard safety technologies. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four come standard on the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder only has Forward Collision Warning standard, and it doesn’t offer any of the other technologies. The 2019 Mazda CX-9, the 2019 Chevy Traverse, and the 2019 Ford Explorer all offer Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning as options, but they cost extra. None of them offer Crash Imminent Braking or Dynamic Brake Support.

Speaking of the NHTSA, they have given the 2019 Highlander Hybrid 5 stars for safety. In particular, they have the side crash test ratings as 5 stars in every category. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) ranked the 2019 Toyota Highlander as a Top Safety Pick for 2019 and gave it a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. A Superior rating in the front crash prevention test indicates that a vehicle completely avoided a crash in a 12 mph test as well as severely reducing speed in a 25 mph test.

With all of this safety, comfort, fuel economy, and horsepower, you might expect the 2019 Highlander Hybrid to cost a pretty penny. Well, if MotorTrend and IntelliChoice are to be believed, then the 2019 Highlander Hybrid may actually save you money in the long run. IntelliChoice has a projected base five year cost for the 2019 Highlander Hybrid at $39,460. When equipped with All-Wheel Drive, the 2019 Honda Pilot has a projected five year cost of $39,841. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder AWD has a projected cost of $44,086. The 2019 Chevy Traverse AWD earns a projected five year cost of $45,228, and the 2019 Mazda CX-9 AWD does slightly worse at $45,461. Once again bringing up the back, the 2019 Ford Explorer with AWD has a projected five year cost of $49,000. That is nearly $10,000 more than the 2019 Highlander Hybrid after five years.

So, what is stopping you from buying a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid? It has great horsepower and impressive fuel economy. You will enjoy standard comfort features and incredible standard safety features. And if that isn’t enough, then the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s five year value may just be the push you need.

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Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

NHTSA 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019/TOYOTA/HIGHLANDER%252520HYBRID/SUV/AWD#safety-ratings-frontal

IIHS 2019 Toyota Highlander Safety Ratings: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/toyota/highlander-4-door-suv/2019

MotorTrend 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Buyer’s Guide: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/highlander-hybrid/2019/