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2020 Toyota Highlander

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2020 L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $34,600
2020 L 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,200
2020 LE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,800
2020 LE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,400
2020 XLE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,600
2020 XLE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,200
2020 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,650
2020 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,600
2020 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,850
2020 Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,800
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3.4 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Toyota Highlander benefits from a total redesign on the automaker's latest vehicle platform. The stiffer body structure makes the midsize crossover easier to handle and permits a smoother, quieter ride.

Freshly sculpted sides and enlarged wheel openings result in a muscular stance. The interior adopts a streamlined design and richer finishes. Meanwhile, standard safety technology now includes lane keeping assist and road sign assist.

Choosing Your Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is available in five trim levels: L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. Pricing starts at $35,720 including destination for the L and tops out at $47,970 for the Platinum.

Engine Choices

As before, every Highlander carries a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup delivers 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels.

All-wheel drive is available for $1,175 to $1,525, depending on the trim. The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds, even in front-drive form. Trailer sway control and hill start assist are standard. AWD models come with a terrain selector and hill descent control.

The AWD system for the Limited and Platinum ($1,950) also features dynamic torque vectoring for snappier handling and rear driveline disconnect, which automatically disengages the rear wheels when possible to save fuel and reduce system wear.

The Highlander is EPA-rated at up to 21 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. These figures drop to 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The L and LE come standard with seating for eight across three rows. The other trims get second-row captain's chairs, which reduce capacity to seven. A second-row bench is a no-cost option on the XLE and Limited.

With all rows up, the Highlander offers a sedan-like 16 cubic feet of cargo space. There are 48.4 cubic feet with the second row folded, and a maximum of 84.3 cubic feet with both rows down. These are robust figures for a midsize crossover. The Highlander might not measure up to the largest of this breed, but it comes within 10 cubic feet.

Toyota Highlander

Safety Features

Every Highlander gets adaptive cruise control with lane tracing assist, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, a rear-seat reminder, and road sign assist, which projects relevant road signs on the windshield. The LE and above also get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

An automated parking system is exclusive to the Limited and Platinum. A surround-view camera system is optional on the Limited ($1,050) and standard on the Platinum.

Connectivity

The Highlander's standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, satellite radio, five USB ports, wi-fi connectivity, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. HD radio is standard starting with the LE, while the same goes for wireless charging and the XLE.

Navigation can be added to the XLE for $1,040. It's standard on the Limited and Platinum, which also gets an 11-speaker JBL sound system. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is standard on the Platinum and included with the optional surround-view camera on the Limited. The Platinum also gets a 10-inch color head-up display standard.

Toyota Highlander

L - From $35,720

The L comes thoroughly equipped with features like tri-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, push-button start, LED exterior lighting, and a 4.2-inch driver information display. The L rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels.

LE - From $37,920

The LED tack on several popular features: a power liftgate, LED fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, HD radio, and the blind-spot monitoring system.

      XLE - From $40,720

      The XLE gets a sunroof, a SofTex (faux leather) interior, power heated front seats, second-row captain's chairs, wireless charging, a 7-inch driver information display, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated garage door opener. The XLE also packs roof rails and machine-finish alloy wheels.

      Limited - From $44,770

      The Limited carries a genuine leather interior with wood trim, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats with driver memory, a heated steering wheel, acoustic front side glass, a cargo cover, and a rear power outlet. The power liftgate gains hands-free operation, and the exterior receives projector-beam headlights and 20-inch wheels.

      Platinum - From $47,970

        The Platinum carries a number of exclusive touches, including embossed leather seats, a heated second row, adaptive headlights, the head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, and 20-inch platinum alloy wheels.

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        CarsDirect Tip

        The price difference between the 2020 Toyota Highlander L and LE is small enough that upgrading is a no-brainer. That said, the XLE provides the most equipment for the money. The main reason for stepping up to the Limited or Platinum is the genuine leather upholstery, which some buyers demand on a vehicle in this price class.

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        Expert Review

        Pros
        • Clean, sharp cabin
        • Loads of standard tech
        • Good 2nd-row leg room
        Cons
        • Tight third row
        • Old powertrain
        • Too much exterior flare
        Expert Rating
        3.4 (Good)

        Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

        You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

        : Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

        : Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

        : Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

        : Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

        : Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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        New look, but is it the look it needed? The Toyota Highlander needed a redesign to keep pace in its fast-changing segment, as its straightforward design lacked any excitement. In 2020, Toyota obliged with an upright design similar to the Toyota RAV4, but the Highlander went a step further with bold body lines that are uncharacteristic of the typically understated crossover.

        Along with its more aggressive stance, the redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander receives an upgraded infotainment system and more standard active safety features.

        Fresh look may be a bit much. The Highlander gets a bold new look that tosses more curves and creases on its body than the straight-lined previous generation. This brings a more upright stance and muscular lines that combine old-school SUV styling with modern sleekness.

        But those lines maybe a little too busy for some buyers, especially the character line that starts at the base of the doors and flows over the flared rear shoulders. Part of what made the previous Highlander popular was its lack of drama, and the 2020 model departs from that.

        Buyers who prefer the older, toned-down look of yesteryear can look to the Nissan Pathfinder to meet their needs.


        Toyota Highlander

        Hard plastics or not, the cabin is sharp. Inside, the Highlander takes a step back from the bolder exterior to deliver a well-laid-out and simple interior design. It boasts plenty of horizontal lines to give it a roomier look, and Toyota collected all its buttons and knobs in one tidy square in the center stack.

        With its new entry-level L trim, Toyota had to cut a few corners to open the Highlander to more buyers. This base trim saves cash by using more hard plastics than Highlander buyers of years past are used to. Despite these cheaper plastics, the cabin looks good. Add in the premium materials in the higher trims, and it's downright stunning.

        The interior also offers loads of space, especially in its second row. Here, passengers will enjoy 41 inches of legroom to sprawl out, which easily beats the Chevrolet Traverse’s 38.4 inches and the Ford Explorer’s 39 inches. The only downside to the Highlander’s second-row seats is their lack of adjustment.

        The third row, however, leaves a lot to be desired with just 27.7 inches of legroom, rendering it a torture device. Buyers who plan to put someone they actually care about in the third row will find more suitable alternatives in the Traverse (33.5 inches), Honda Pilot (31.9 inches), or Pathfinder (30.7 inches).

        An entry-level model that’s not so entry-level. In 2020, the Highlander gains a new L trim that makes it more accessible to those on a tighter budget. But at $35,720, it's hardly an economy rig. While that base price is lower than the $37,870 Explorer, there are far cheaper base models, including the $32,775 Pathfinder and the $32,770 Pilot.

        For that inflated base price, though, the Highlander comes loaded with a power driver seat, keyless ignition, LED headlights, three-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

        Unsurprisingly, the two models that lack standard smartphone integration in this class are the lower-cost Pilot and Pathfinder. The Pilot takes its spartan base model a step further with its standard 5-inch non-touchscreen display. So, while these models may be cheaper, the Highlander offers better value.

        Final thoughts. The 2020 Toyota Highlander offers buyers a quick glimpse into the past with its throwback upright design, but is this what buyers really want, or is it a solution looking for a problem?

        Inside, though, there's no debating the Highlander’s still a top-notch crossover with loads of room, a classy design, a high luxury ceiling, and loads of standard tech. Move up a few trim levels, and the Highlander once again borders on luxury status with its upscale materials and features like a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a JBL audio system, a panoramic sunroof, and 20-inch wheels.

        Buyers who need three rows but have tighter budgets can get the more stripped-down Pilot or Pathfinder. But don’t confuse their thousands in savings with value, as these models lack many of the tech features buyers expect in today’s cars.

        The Highlander also offers incredible room in the first and second rows. Shoppers who plan to use the third row more frequently may find the Highlander’s rearmost seat too tight. These buyers will find better options in the Explorer and Traverse.

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        Specs & Features

        Highlights
        Overall Crash Safety Rating
        Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
        3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 263 ft.lbs.
        Transmission
        8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
        Drive Type
        Front-wheel
        Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
        21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
        Passenger Capacity
        8
        Bumper to Bumper Warranty
        36 Months / 36,000 Miles
        Mechanical Specs
        Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
        3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 263 ft.lbs.
        Drive Type
        Front-wheel
        Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
        21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
        Brakes
        4-wheel Disc
        Front Suspension
        Strut
        Rear Suspension
        Independent Multi-link
        Spare Tire And Wheel
        Compact Steel
        Fuel Tank
        17.9 Gal.
        Recommended Fuel Type
        Regular Unleaded
        Average Cost To Fill Tank
        $68
        Dimensions & Capabilities
        Maximum Cargo Volume
        84.3 Cu.ft.
        Passenger Volume
        141 Cu.ft.
        Exterior Length
        194.9 "
        Exterior Width
        76.0 "
        Exterior Height
        68.1 "
        Front Headroom
        39.9 "
        Rear Headroom
        39.4 "
        Front Legroom
        40.4 "
        Rear Legroom
        41.0 "
        Front Shoulder Room
        59.0 "
        Rear Shoulder Room
        58.7 "
        Front Hip Room
        Rear Hip Room
        Curb Weight
        4,145 Lbs.
        Wheel Base
        112 "
        Turning Radius
        18.7 '
        Exterior Features
        Door Count
        4 Doors
        Wheels
        18.0 " Silver Aluminum
        Paint
        Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
        Exterior Mirrors
        Dual Power Remote Heated
        Bumpers
        Body-colored
        Grille Moldings
        Black W/metal-look Surround
        Rear Spoiler
        Lip
        Exhaust
        Stainless Steel
        Interior Features
        Seating
        Passenger Capacity
        8
        Seat Trim
        Cloth
        Front Seat Type
        Bucket
        Heated Front Seats
        Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
        (8-way Power)
        Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
        4-way
        Front Armrests
        (8-way Power)
        Rear Armrests
        Center
        Rear Seats
        60-40 Split-bench
        Radio & Infotainment
        Radio
        Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
        Speakers
        6
        Radio Steering Wheel Controls
        Apple Car Play
        Android Auto
        Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
        Convenience Features
        Steering Wheel Type
        Telescopic Tilt
        Climate Control
        Automatic Air Conditioning
        Cruise Control
        With Steering Wheel Controls
        Sun Roof
        Rearview Mirror
        Day-night
        One Touch Open Window
        Front And Rear
        Tinted Windows
        Deep
        Vanity Mirrors
        Dual Illuminated
        Remote Keyless Entry
        Keyfob (all Doors)
        Power Outlets
        2
        Safety Features
        Overall Crash Safety Rating
        Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
        Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
        Rollover Crash Safety Rating
        Front Impact Airbags
        Driver And Passenger
        Driver Side Impact Airbags
        Seat Mounted
        Knee Airbag
        Driver
        Passenger Side Impact Airbag
        Seat Mounted
        Rear Side Airbag
        Seatbelt Pretensioners
        Front
        Anti-Lock Brakes
        4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
        Forward Collision Warning
        Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection (pcs W/pd) Forward Collision Mitigation
        Blind Spot Sensor
        Lane Departure Warning
        Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist (lda W/sa) Lane Departure
        Autonomous Cruise Control
        Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
        Pedestrian Detection
        Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection (pcs W/pd) Pedestrian Detection Prevention
        Driver Attention Alert
        Daytime Running Lights
        Auto High Beams
        Automatic High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
        Adaptive Headlights
        Parking Sensors
        Security Systems
        Panic Alarm
        Ignition Disable
        Immobilizer
        Warranty
        Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
        36 Months / 36,000 Miles
        Major Components Months
        60 Months / 60,000 Miles
        Included Maintenance Months
        24 Months / 25,000 Miles
        Roadside Assistance Months
        24 Months / Unlimited Miles
        Corrosion Perforation
        60 Months / Unlimited Miles
        Accessories Months
        36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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