2020 Highlander New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Toyota Highlander has been redesigned. It features a larger footprint, new styling and a new interior with comfortable seats for five passengers and vast space for cargo. A third row is optional.
The new 2020 Highlander rides on new modular architecture shared with a number of other Toyota vehicles such as the Camry and RAV4. It's 194.9 inches long, 76.0 inches wide, and rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase. Its shape isn't much different than last year, though it's grown a little less angular.
The new Highlander rides and handles better than its rivals, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 making 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is also a hybrid model that makes 243 horsepower while delivering 36 mpg combined, which is a remarkable number for a big family vehicle. With confident steering and a compliant ride, the new Highlander elevates its family-vehicle game.
The 2020 Highlander hasn't been crash-tested yet, but standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, lane-departure warnings, and eight airbags. Standard infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Fuel economy ranges from 23 mpg combined in the heaviest Highlander V-6 editions, to 36 mpg in the Hybrid.
The redesigned Highlander comes in L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trim levels, with hybrid versions of those trims from LE and higher.
The $35,720 Highlander L offers standard power features, a power driver seat, keyless ignition, LED headlights, three-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The $37,920 Highlander LE adds a power liftgate, blind-spot monitors, fog lights, and leather around the steering wheels and shift knobs.
The $40,720 Highlander XLE adds a power passenger seat, front heated seats, a power moonroof, and roof rails.
All-wheel drive costs $1,600 on the L, LE, and XLE.
The $44,720 Highlander Limited gets cooled front seats, JBL speakers, navigation, 20-inch wheels, and a few other features.
The $47,970 Highlander Platinum gets a power panoramic moonroof, heated second-row seats, a rearview mirror that doubles as a display for the rearview camera, and a surround-view camera system. With navigation, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, JBL audio, and a hands-free tailgate, the price could run to more than $50,000.
The Highlander Hybrid costs only $1,400 more in each of its four models. The front-wheel drive Hybrid LE is $39,320. The XLE, Limited and Premium add premium audio and wide 12.3-inch touchscreen, among other features.
Safety options include a surround-view camera system with excellent resolution.