The 2020 Toyota Highlander remains a perfect choice for families that value safe and comfortable crossover SUV. With the standard suite of driver-safety assist and modern infotainment, your long journeys will be more enjoyable and pleasant. Also, the new model offers class-leading fuel economy and reliability.
Moreover, the powerful standard engine and the optional hybrid model makes this vehicle a perfect family carrier. The exterior changes, quiet and spacious cabin are the things that make the “Kluger” distinctive in the mid-size SUV class.
2020 Toyota Highlander Changes
The Japanese automaker announces a few major changes for the new 2020 Toyota Highlander. The overall shape is fresh with a new grille with three vertical chrome bars. The big-grille trend becomes very popular in recent years, and with that, the rounded nose is even more noticeable. The grille now sits under the lower bumper, which is a new feature. On the rear side, there’s not much to mention, besides slightly redesigned taillight. The headlights are now shrunk and with this boldly design new model stands out in the league.
Furthermore, the higher trim levels offer 19-inches wheels and sunroof as a standard. The sporty SE trim level includes the blackout trim package, that tones down the grille and gives a pretty fine look. On the technical side, the 2020 Toyota Highlander will present new hybrid powertrain and additional safety package systems.
2020 Toyota Highlander Interior
The 2020 Toyota Highlander interior is not much different from the usual look that we know so well. You can expect many USB ports, charming seat upholstery, and soft rubber dashboard with faux stitching and leather finish. Generally speaking, the Highlander’s interior is one of the things that you’ll love the most about this vehicle.
The front and second-row seats are perfect for long rides, with all the furniture-like comfort. The third row is ideal for the kids, although the adults may find themselves trapped in there. The dash shelf up front is wide enough to fit your important things, like mobile phone, wallet or whatever else. If something is too massive for the shelf, there is also plenty room in the center console bin. The 2020 Toyota Highlander can accumulate 7-8 passengers and it’s great for families who seek safe and efficient SUV.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a more fuel-efficient version of the standard Highlander. In a word, the Hybrid is a spacious, quiet and comfortable crossover with a good amount of the standard equipment. If you choose the XLE midlevel, you’ll get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert system. The new 8-inch touchscreen is included as well. Furthermore, the heated leather front seats are wonderfully comfy and have plenty of adjustments, including extendable thigh support.
Under the hood, Hybrid combines 3.5-liter gasoline V6 and electric motors that can burst up to 306 hp. With the AC 650-volt battery electric motors will provide around 10 hp. The EPA fuel-economy in the city/highway is rated 30-28 mpg for LE trim and 29/27 for XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. Although the Hybrid is not as quick as the regular version, the acceleration is more than decent.
2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs
The upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander will have three basic powertrain choices. Furthermore, the potential owners will have options to chose between 2.7-liter gas-powered 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter gas-powered V6. The 2.7-liter engine delivers 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through the 6-speed continuously variable automatic transmission.
The V6 produces 295 hp with 263 lb-ft of torque and. Also, the V6 gearbox is 8-speed automatic. And there’s the hybrid, which combines the V6 and the electric motors for a total of 306 hp. For the 3.5-liter top speed is 115 mph and it takes around 7.0 to reach from 0-60 mph. This model can place up to 17,2 gallons, with the full fuel tank.
2020 Toyota Highlander Towing Capacity and MPG
The arriving 2020 Toyota Highlander offering mainly good towing capacity, thanks to the V6 engine. The 2.7-liter powertrain doesn’t shine in this category and can tow only 1500 pounds.
However, the stronger V6 will be able to maximum tow 3500 pounds. The EPA city/highway economy for 2.7-liter inline-4 is 20/24 mpg. For 3.5-liter V6 fuel economy goes from 20/27 mpg (FW LE, AWD LE Plus) to 21/27 mpg for higher trims. The EPA for the hybrid variant is 30/28 (LE) and 29/27 mpg for XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum.
2020 Toyota Highlander Price and Release Date
The MSRP for the new 2020 Toyota Highlander will stay pretty much the same. The base 4-cylinder front-wheel drive Highlander LE will starts around $33,000, and V6 adds $2,000 on that price. The all-wheel-drive V6 powered Limited Platinium will cost around $48,000. Mid-level XLE starts at $41,000.
Furthermore, the Highlander Hybrid lineup ranges from $38,000 for the base LE to just under $50,000 for the Limited Platinum. With those prices, Highlander can compete with Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder.
The release date of new 2020 Toyota Highlander is set to second quartal of 2020 and the Hybrid is coming without a delay also.