Drive The 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus V6 SUV At Toyota Irvine Ca

For the 2019 model, Toyota went all out on the Highlander model and gave it five well-defined trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited. Toyota Irvine CA describes the vehicle as a three-row crossover that is well-known for passenger comfort, cargo space that literally goes the distance, automobile safety, a powerful V-6, and an extraordinary hybrid edition. 



The car comes with a base engine that has a 2.7-liter 4 cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower, with front-wheel drive only. However, the most popular is the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque that is partnered with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus provides a soft and luxurious ride with exceptional handling, which is amazing since it can seat up to eight people in complete comfort. 

Although the Toyota Highlander has a box-like and chunky style as well as all-wheel-drive many customers at Toyota Irvine CA are quick to assume that this is the perfect car for rough natural elements such as mud and snow, and off-roading is where this car excels. However, they are far from reality, because if you are looking for a car built for off-road use, stick to a Toyota 4Runner.  

When you look at a car of this size and find out that it weighs a whopping 4,300 pounds and you can tow 5,000 pounds, you begin to wonder what is its fuel consumption. Considering these two factors you will be pleased to know that the all-wheel-drive Highlander with a V-6 engine is EPA-rated at 20 mpg (city), 26 (highway), and 22 (combined), which is normal for a family crossover vehicle. 


The car comes with the Toyota Safety Sense active safety bundle. This bundle consists of Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, and Automatic High Beams. It has the Entune multimedia system that includes an 8-inch high-resolution touch screen display, integrated navigation, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with seek/scan feature as well as a suite of popular apps to keep you connected while you are on the move. 

Additionally, it has remote keyless entry, wireless phone connectivity, delay-off headlamps, daytime running lights, frontal airbags, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-row side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags as well as driver knee protection airbags. There are an analog tachometer and analog speedometer, which seems a bit outdated in the 2019 Toyota Highlander, but gets the job done. There is a digital display in between these two meters. 


Although the LE Plus trim has surrendered some of the premium amenities that can be found on the higher trim models, it still offers a lot of comfort and connectivity for an enjoyable drive and experience. The driver’s seat has lumbar support with great adjustability and all the seating comes in a SofTex cloth/leatherette seat trim. The 2019 Toyota Highlander has a spacious interior that provides enough space to seat eight people very comfortably. Toyota added further luxury in the comfort department with the reclining third-row seats. 

If you carry a lot with you as you cruise around town, then this car was made for you! Not one bit of space in the Highlander is wasted since the rear suspension of the car was designed in a way to provide more space in the cargo area to store more gear. Not only that, but Toyota was kind enough to consider that not all the trips you will take in the Highlander will be the same. Sometimes you will have lots of people, many things, or a combination of both, so the car was designed to adapt easily to the owner’s needs. The third row has a 60/40 split that can fold flat to offer more space as well as length for large items. Moreover, you don’t have to open the entire trunk to fetch something from the back because the rear window conveniently opens up to enable you to just reach for things in and out. 

In the front of the vehicle, there is a long cubby area and connectivity ports such as USB and 12-volt that are tucked underneath it, which allows you to run the wires from the lower part into that space. Also, there are two large cup holders in the front and a two-door compartment that sits between the driver and front passenger for extra storage. It has a good sliding tray and it is where you can find another 12-volt outlet. 

If that wasn’t enough, the car has power windows, telescoping and tilt steering wheel along with rear beverage holders on a folding tray, as well as rear air-conditioning to keep your passengers in the back fresh and cool. The passengers in the second row can also benefit from two USB ports and a little cubby space. The third row is more suitable to seat children, but when they lean back can fit an adult that is about six feet tall. Toyota Irvine CA makes it clear that the third row has two cup holders, but no USB ports.  


Toyota makes a name for itself with its bulletproof reliability that its competitors try to beat, but don’t even come close to scratching the surface. The 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus V6 SUV is an extremely comfortable car with ample room to swing a cat (but we don’t think you should actually try and do that). Visibility through the windshield is good and the car’s steering and handling is nothing to complain about. 

Going around bends in this large SUV will feel smooth and unlike any other big utility vehicle. It’s quiet in the car’s cabin and all the controls are within the driver’s reach. Passengers won’t complain either whether they are in the front, second or third rows. Every crevice of this car screams, space, luxury, and comfort. If you are looking for a stylish and affordable vehicle that can transport many people and things at one go; and won’t let you hear squawking passengers because they are cramped in like sardines with no creature comforts, then the 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus V6 SUV is the way to go!

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