With plenty of space for the family to move your possessions The 2020 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid are both attractive alternatives in the mid-size-SUV category which carry Toyota’s solid reputation for dependability. Three rows of seats as well as plenty of storage space, these utes are practical options however, competitors such as Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are more expensive. Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are slightly more expensive. Toyota’s mid-size SUV has been updated for 2020 and comes with a variety of beneficial features not available on the older Highlander. A gasoline V-6 as well as an engine that is hybridized are available as well as the Highlander offers a smooth drive and a comfortable interior. A variety of driver assistance features are offered across the entire line, such as automatic emergency braking, as well as an adaptive cruise controller.
What’s New for 2020?
Toyota has updated its Highlander to be used in 2020. It’s a vast improvement over the model that replaced it in 2019. The next year, a more sporty-looking XSE model will be added to the lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We believe that the mid-priced XLE is our most desirable of the bunch. It features the heated seats in front, as well as a charging pad, as well as a power sunroof, in addition to other features. We’d also recommend premium audio with dynamic navigation. Premium Audio system with Dynamic Navigation option that includes navigation in the dashboard and an updated stereo. All-wheel drive adds $1600 to the cost of the car. If you choose to go with the hybrid powertrain instead of the conventional V-6 costs an extra $1400.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Highlander is equipped with a 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine, that is paired with an automatic transmission that has eight speeds and either front-or all-wheel drive. After a brief trial drive we discovered that the V-6 was able to handle short on-ramps with ease; on our test track, the all-wheel drive test car made it to 60 speed within 6.7 seconds. We’ve not had the opportunity to take the brand new Highlander on the racetrack yet, however, we’ll update this article with results from tests once we have. The handling isn’t exciting, but it’s solid, and the ride is perfect for family-chauffer duties. Additional driving pleasure is available inside Mazda CX-9. Mazda CX-9.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors join forces to produce 223 horses on the Highlander Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid model is equipped with a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) and the option of choosing between all-wheel or front-wheel drive. Utilizing Toyota’s hybrid capabilities it provides customers with a more efficient fuel consumption than the conventional version. The price difference is likely to be in terms of acceleration, both because of the hybrid’s lower horsepower rating as well as the fact that it employs an CVT in place of the standard eight-speed auto. In our tests the hybrid model made the 60-mph mark within 7.3 seconds. Prospective buyers in this segment might be aware it’s true that the Ford Explorer comes in hybrid model as well. However, when comparing these utes with one another and comparing them, the Toyota is the winner with regard to fuel economy as well as the Highlander’s base cost of $39,320 is staggering $14,155 less than Explorer Hybrid’s.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It is estimated that the EPA predicts that in 2020, the Highlander V-6 will deliver up to 29 mpg in highway driving when fitted with front-wheel drive. all-wheel drive will reduce the fuel consumption by 2 milliliters. Hybrid models are rated higher with front-wheel drive models earning 36 mpg when driving in the city and 35 milliliters when driving on highways. We’ve tested the base Highlander in our 200 mile highway fuel economy route and it clocked 28 mpg. If the hybrid makes its way to at our workplace, we’ll put their fuel-efficiency to test along similar routes.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
In 2020 The Highlander will receive a fresh interior in line with its new exterior style. The base LE and middle-range LE models are able to seat eight passengers with benches in the third and second rows. However, a seven-seat configuration with captain’s chairs is offered in more expensive models. There is more room for passengers with this trim than the CX-9 however, it’s not as large as the Chevrolet Traverse, especially in the third row. The materials throughout the cabin are improved than those of the previous generation Highlander. Upscale Limited and Platinum models have the highest level of comfort However, when compared with the features offered by Palisade or Telluride however, they are not up to par. The cargo compartment in the middle row can accommodate only four suitcases for carry-on and the Traverse can accommodate six.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A 8.0-inch infotainment system is with most models, but those with the Highlander Limited and Platinum get the option of a 12.3-inch display. A eleven-speaker JBL Audio system comes also available. Toyota offers SiriusXM satellite radio and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as Amazon Alexa integration for all models.