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2020 Toyota Highlander: Redesign Info & Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - August 14, 2018
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Redesign Info

The Toyota Highlander is expected to receive its next redesign for the 2020 model year. Unfortunately, no official details or specs have been released yet by the manufacturer.

The current model was introduced for 2014 and has undergone several updates. A more aggressive front end and standard auto emergency braking have helped keep the three-row SUV a top seller. For 2020, expect the Highlander to move to the automaker's TNGA platform like the redesigned Camry and Avalon.

Given that the new RAV4 is set to grow in size, we think it's possible that the Highlander could see some sort of growth spurt. One area for improvement could be cargo capacity. Based on our most recent review of the current Highlander, one of our quibbles centered on the mere 13.8 cu. ft. of space before folding the rear seats.

Under the hood, expect to continue to see both a gas & hybrid option. In terms of price, Toyota has spent the past year or so adjusting prices for its hybrids, bringing them lower and closer in line with gas models. Although competitors have shifted toward turbo engines, Toyota has held off on making any major changes, at least when it comes to other important models like the Camry. Expect this to continue to be the case with the Highlander.

At the moment, it remains to be seen whether or not the next Highlander will gain Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an updated system that debuted in the Corolla Hatchback that adds detection of traffic signs and cyclists plus a lane-tracing feature that works with the vehicle's adaptive cruise control system. Not all Toyotas, at least for 2019, will be getting the latest version.

Based on initial estimates, we expect to see a release date for the next-generation Highlander sometime in the 2nd half of 2019. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Competitors to the Highlander include the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse and Ford Explorer.

Learn about the current Highlander on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 Highlander

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