2019 Toyota Highlander engine options
The Toyota Highlander has been a popular SUV since it first debuted nearly 20 years ago. It owes much of its popularity to the powerful engine options that it has always employed. Are you curious about the 2019 Toyota Highlander engine options and specs? We will fill you in on all the details.
What is the standard engine in the 2019 Toyota Highlander?
Every vehicle has a standard engine option, and for the Highlander, it’s a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder. We hope that doesn’t disappoint you because this powerplant still produces 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine is very capable, but we understand if you want to go bigger. Lucky for you this engine only comes standard on the base LE trim and only when you get it with front-wheel drive.
Is the 2019 Toyota Highlander available with a V6 engine?
When you want to step up from the 4-cylinder, the Highlander gives you a truly impressive engine. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 that produces up to 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes mated to a super smooth 8-speed automatic transmission as opposed to the 6-speed automatic that comes mated to the 4-cylinder engine option.
If you want the V6, then you get it standard on the LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited trims. It also comes standard on the LE trim when you get it with AWD. If you get the LE FWD, then you still have the V6 available. Even the hybrid trims employ this same V6 engine alongside their electric drivetrain.
Does the 2019 Toyota Highlander have auto engine start and stop?
Start and stop is an innovative feature that basically turns off your engine when it’s idling and fires it back up when you take your foot off the brake. Other than a little extra peace and quiet and a drop on some of your gauges, you will notice no difference.
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Not only is this good for mpg, but it is also good for engine health as gas engines aren’t designed to idle for extended periods like other engine types. This feature comes standard on most V6 Highlander models. In fact, every trim from the LE Plus on up employs this smart feature.