The upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander is a family favorite 8-passenger crossover SUV. Unlike other family vehicles, Highlander offers adventurous exterior and couple of refreshments makes this SUV even better. Advanced safety features are included and the interior is boosted with a new infotainment system. Moreover, if you prefer better fuel economy, Highlander is available in the hybrid model as well.
The performance is more than good thanks to a powerful engine and we can already put Highlander next to its rivals such as Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder.
2020 Toyota Highlander Exterior looks very elegant and sophisticated
The new model 2020 Toyota Highlander offers dynamic and interesting exterior design. Up front, the front grille is big and it looks very stylish. The headlights are slightly stretched and generally, the nose looks very sporty. A Blackout package is available and it shrinks down the grille. This midsize SUV comes with plenty of different trims and options, so 2020 Toyota Highlander is very easy to configure.
For an instance, a Toyota’s latest Flip-Up glass window system is a very interesting addition. This design will make loading items and cargo from the back with no problems at all. Rearview camera is now standard while panoramic moonroof is available as a part of an optional equipment.
2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Changes
Latest Toyota’s crossover SUV interior will get a minimal change. However, some new features are included. The seats are looking attractive and upholstery is great. Thera is room for up to 8 passengers and 2020 Toyota Highlander is family favorite, for a reason. Front seats are very comfortable, and even second-row seats are perfect for longer trips. However, the front bucket seats come with heated/ventilate function and there is also 8-way power adjustable memory driver’s seat and lumbar support. This model will also get like predecessor front cupholders, proximity key for doors, push-button start and remote keyless entry.
Third-row can accommodate kid only. The dashboard is wide up front, and the dash features a shelf that is perfect for putting things like keys, phone or wallet. Toyota installed a new infotainment system that has a better and faster response and is more intuitive. For the entertainment, there will be also an Entune Premium JBL Audio with 12 JBL GreenEdge speakers and beautiful and large high-resolution touch-screen.
The safety rating is improved with the inclusion of pre-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Also, like the previous one, this one is available with electronic stability control, side impact beams, Toyota safety sense, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitor (BSM) and blind spot and airbag sensor. In the crash test, the previous model has been picked all-stars.
2020 Toyota Highlander Engine variant and details
New Highlander offers three drivetrain choices. Base models are powered by a 2.7-liter unit that uses four-cylinders and 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine can produce up to 185 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 is more recommendable for many reasons.
This V6 drivetrain is rated at 295 HP and 263 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy is better than on the base engine. It comes with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 20/27 mpg for the FWD LE, AWD LE Plus,19/26 mpg for the model LE with AWD system, 21/27 mpg FWD LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum and 20/26 mpg for the AWD XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum trims.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
However, if you want improved fuel economy, then you should opt for a hybrid model. The engine of this one is a class-leading city-fuel-economy. Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 + AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors engine for a total output of 306 HP. It comes with front-wheel drive system as standard and there is an option for all V6 models to get all-wheel drive.
The EPA city/highway fuel economy of this model is 30/28 mpg for the LE, 29/27 mpg for the XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum trims.
2020 Toyota Highlander Price and Release Date
The 2020 Toyota Highlander suffered a few changes but the price will remain. The base model starts at $32,500. V6 engine is optional and it cost an additional $2,000. A Limited Platinum model could cost over $46,000.
The hybrid model cost $38,500. The prices are in line with other competitors such as Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer. The latest Toyota’s crossover will arrive in the first half of 2020.