Why is 2019 Toyota Highlander Such a Great SUV for Yonkers-Area Families? Kelley Blue Book Weighs In

The research and valuation experts at KBB.com didn't mince words: as mid-size SUVs for families on the go are concerned, Toyota Highlander is still "among the most recommendable ... an excellent family hauler." Many aspects and features, they continued, make it a "strong competitor" against Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru Ascent and others.

For one, it's got the looks to turn heads, being "large but not imposing, muscular yet handsome." We at DCH Toyota City here in Mamaroneck can see what they mean: the LE, XLE and SE trims got exterior upgrades just recently. Secondly, Toyota Highlander is both roomy and versatile, with three rows and seating for anywhere from seven to eight passengers, and luxury perks like optional second-row captain's chairs.

Furthermore, for a sizable mid-size crossover, it's just plain "easy to drive," owing not only to a responsive sport-tuned suspension but also to the "brisk acceleration" to match, "even with a car full of kids." Moreover, Toyota Highlander gets "great fuel economy, even with a V6." Expect to achieve up to 21 mpg in a city like New Rochelle and 27 mpg on the highway to White Plains in FWD. That pair of numbers gets even better in hybrid models -- up to 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Finally, it's "exceptionally safe" for the day-trip to Rye thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of driver-assistance systems, a KBB favorite. Another favorite: the Driver Easy Speak system, an intercom for communicating with the third row.

Of course, there are plenty of other features you and the gang will love. For instance:

  • Comfortable seating in a choice of cloth and durable SofTex or sumptuous leather, the likes of which are optionally heated and ventilated up front
  • Third-row reclining seats to extend the lap of luxury to your passengers
  • Entune touchscreen infotainment for entertainment control
  • An available 9-inch rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray Disc player and optional JBL Audio to keep everyone occupied on outings to Port Chester
  • The ability to tow anywhere from 1,500 pounds to a whopping 5,000 -- enough for a small, light towable tent camper, a pair of ATVs or dirt bikes, or even a second vehicle

There's a lot more to 2019 Toyota Highlander, too. If you're eager to bring the family by to see for yourself, you're more than welcome here at 1305 East Boston Post Road. We've got plenty else to check out, too, from new Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs and certified used Toyota vehicles to used models from many other automakers. Check out our website, then give us a call to schedule a test drive -- we'll be looking forward to showing you around!