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2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Split screen images of the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota Highlander

Model year updates can range from a few small tweaks to a total overhaul. So, as a vehicle shopper, it’s important to do your research about the differences between feature offerings and price so you can pick the model that suits your needs best. Today, we’re going to take a look at the differences between the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota Highlander for drivers interested in upgrading their family hauler.

The differences between the 2019 Highlander and 2018 Highlander are pretty small, which drivers will see reflected in the similar prices between model years. Other than a few small feature adjustments that we discuss in more detail below, all trim levels, fuel economy scores, and standard feature offerings should be the same between each 2018 and 2019 Highlander model. 

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2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
$31,330 Starting MSRP $31,230
20/24 Fuel Economy 20/24
Yes Toyota Safety Sense Yes
83.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 83.7 cubic feet

What’s New For The 2019 Highlander? 

Like the outgoing 2018 Toyota Highlander, the 2019 Highlander model will be available in five trim levels including LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited. While there are some changes in the feature availability between the two model year lineups, the changes are pretty slight, and many drivers are not likely to notice the difference. 

The changes for 2019 include the addition of black side rocker panels on all models, a few additional black exterior accessories on SE trim models, and the addition of LED fog lights with chrome accents on higher-level trims.  

While the changes between model years are slight, the price increase of just $100 reflects that. Thanks to previous updates to the lineup, the 2019 Toyota Highlander remains competitive in the three-row SUV segment and includes the popular Toyota Safety Sense bundle on all trims, and available power liftgate, and available rear-seat entertainment system, and more. 

For a more in-depth look at what the 2019 Toyota Highlander has to offer, visit the Serra Toyota dealership in Birmingham for some in-person research. Our team can help you get set up with a test drive, and if you bring the whole family along everyone can climb inside to see just how much elbow room is available.


2019 Toyota Highlander front seats
2019 Toyota Highlander exterior in red
2019 Toyota Highlander rounding a bend in the road next to a lake
2019 Toyota Highlander parked in front of a water fountain


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