Toyota has plenty to offer SUV-happy consumers with their upcoming lineup. The 2020 Toyota Highlander recently debuted during the New York Auto Show and was quite impressive. This three-row SUV arrives this winter, starting with the gas model. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect.
First Look at 2020 Toyota Highlander
The original Highlander dates back to 2001. It featured a unibody structure while most other SUVs were based on trucks. Over time, other automakers started using the same four-wheel independent suspension modeled by the Highlander. Since 2016, this SUV has been one of the bestsellers in America.
The 2020 model is part of the fourth generation. It features the Toyota New Global Architecture, otherwise referred to as TNGA-K. This foundation offers greater safety, comfort and capability.
It also comes with a choice between a V6 or hybrid powertrain. The gas has an estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg combined while the hybrid offers 34 mpg combined.
In addition, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard equipment on all models. This includes a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, road sign assist and lane tracing assist.
2020 Toyota Highlander Configurations
There are five trim levels for the Highlander: L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum. Customers can choose the hybrid powertrain with everything except the L. All models offer some innovative technology and intuitive features for the entire family. There is the optional 12.3-inch touchscreen, JBL Premium Sound System and other surprises that set this SUV apart from the rest.
All models are 2.36 inches longer than earlier models. This adds more cargo space than before. It’s also possible to slide the second row an additional 1.2-inches to increase the space between the second and third rows for larger passengers.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
This hybrid SUV features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors. This vehicle produces 240 horsepower with 34 mpg combined gas mileage. It can also be purchased as a 2WD or with AWD. The battery pack is found under the rear seats. This maximizes passenger and cargo space.
While it comes with the standard NORMAL, ECO and SPORT modes, there is also an EVO model that allows drivers to choose electric-only power for shorter distances at low speeds.
Other New Toyota Models
There’s a lot to love about the 2020 Toyota lineup. We’ve recently taken a first look at the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Supra as well. Check them out to figure out what model is ideal for you.