2019 Toyota Highlander Features

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The Hybrid powers the front wheels mostly with the V6 engine, and the rear wheels solely with the second electric motor. The engine and front motor use a power-split system like Toyota’s other vehicles with Hybrid Synergy Drive. Because this system weighs 350 pounds, the Hybrid is slower, unlike some cars whose hybrid is the quickest.  The handling is pleasant and predictable, with firm electric power steering, but it’s uninspired and vanilla. It’s controlled, but it leans in turns and can be wobbly.  The ride is smooth, not quite cushy, on the standard wheels. The 19-inch wheels allow the jolts to be felt. The soft ride and handling go away in the SE with its firmer suspension.