2020 Toyota Highlander Coming Soon
Toyota’s Fourth Generation Highlander Receives a Bold Redesign with Updated Technology, Enhanced Driving Performance, New-Generation Hybrid Powertrain, and More.
The All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander debuted at the New York International Auto Show in April this year to much fanfare. The fourth-generation Highlander receives a sophisticated makeover with a slightly longer body (2.36 inches to be exact–all in the cargo area), and a bold, chiseled design. Standard features like Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Sirius XM, Waze, and Amazon Alexa Compatibility, plus the Highlander’s backup camera are just a few reasons to get excited about the 2020 Highlander.
The 2020 Highlander gas model will arrive in December 2019 while the Highlander Hybrid is expected in February of next year.
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Let’s break it down and see what else is new and improved about the all-new Highlander.
- The 2020 Highlander delivers renowned Toyota value in a choice of five grades, starting with a new L grade, then layering amenities and technology in LE, XLE, Limited and the top-of-line Platinum. (The Hybrid is offered on all but the L grade.)
- Built on Toyota’s new TNGA-K platform giving the Highlander a stiffer body structure than the previous model. This platform allows tuning for the front strut and rear multi-link suspension that enhances agility and a smaller turning circle while also providing a smoother and quieter ride than before.
- Maximum space usage: with all seat rows in use, the Highlander offers 16.1 cu. ft. of space behind the third row; folding the 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seatbacks opens the space to 40.6 cu. ft.; and then folding the second row increases the space to 73.3 cu. ft.
- Available with 7- or 8-passenger seating. The L & LE grades come stand with a second-row bench for seating for eight, while the XLE and Limited grades come standard with a Captains Chair second with seating for seven and the option for a second-row bench for eight. The Platinum grade will come standard with a Captain’s Char second-row seating for seven.
- A choice between two advanced powertrains, a gas V6 or a new version of the Toyota Hybrid System.
- The gas 295-horsepower 3.5 liter V6 translates into exemplary performance and generous towing capability with an available towing package to enable 5000-pounds of towing capability.
- The Highlander’s standard Stop & Start Engine System allows the vehicle to shut off when it comes to a stop, reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.
- For the Highlander Gas L, LE and XLE models, the optional AWD system can send up to 50% of available torque to the rear wheels to counter wheel slip when necessary.
- Multi-Terrain Select-control dial on the console, the driver can maximize traction when driving through inclement weather or road conditions.
- The 2020 Highlander Hybrid combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors in a system that’s more compact, and more efficient than before.
- 240 total system horsepower and an EPA-estimated 34 combined MPG makes the new Highlander Hybrid a 17% improvement over the previous-generation Hybrid.
- The hybrid is now available in either 2WD or AWD.
- The Highlander Hybrid offers selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT driving modes that let the driver choose the vehicle’s performance personality. The bonus is the EV mode, which allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.
- All grades come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Alexa In-Car compatibility, Waze, SiriusXM, and Wi-Fi connectivity through AT&T.
- All Highlander models come equipped with Toyota Safety Connect with a one-year trial subscription.
- Platinum grade offers standard Dynamic Navigation and the 12.3-inch screen.
- The 2020 Highlander is equipped with the second-generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0). Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are standard on LE grade and above. Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) is available with clearance sonar on Limited and above.
- The standard backup camera features projected path. A Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, available on Limited and standard on Platinum, provides a live rotating 360-degree view around the vehicle.
- Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.
- The 2020 Highlander also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.
To see exactly how the 2020 Highlander grades will differ, see here.