The Toyota Highlander is the most attractive crossover SUV among the families. The impressive model will be redesigned this year and it will get a hybrid version that will bring a better look. Like the base version, the new 2020 Toyota Highlander hybrid comes with three rows of seating and the cabin that is enough for seven or eight passengers depending on the configuration.
Toyota’s midsize flagship remains to be a strong contender on the market last few years. Furthermore, with a redesigned look and hybrid engine, this SUV will continue to be a strong competitor to the Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, and Subaru Ascent.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Attractive Look
We generally like the new look of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It looks large, muscular and handsome. The front of this SUV is gorgeous, thanks to the stylish and massive grille and headlights. It looks a more squared-off than its rival like Honda Pilot.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander standard model comes with attractive 18-inch wheels, while the higher trims (also includes Hybrid) wear bigger and stylish 19-inches. Like the previous version, the new one keeps the same flip-up rear hatch window, that will be ideal for easy load and unload without opening the entire tailgate.
Interior Design and Trims
The 2020 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV is one among many models that offer great and stylish cabin. However, some of the other SUVs do not offer a spacious cabin like Highlander. Thanks to the three rows of seats and the ability to accommodate seven or eight passengers the new SUV is a leader in this segment. With the 2nd-row bench, the buyers can accommodate eight passengers. Also, the new hybrid version offers great cargo space after rear seats folded down. The seats are premium and above average in comfort. Furthermore, depending on trim levels this SUV can be outfitted in leather seats with heating and ventilation functions.
That base model will include features like include keyless entry, USB ports, Entune infotainment system of 6.1-inch touch screen and a Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features. However, the Hybrid one will get a middle equipped package that will include 10-way-power driver’s seat a larger 8-inch screen and more.
Powertrain Options, MPG
The newest 2020 Toyota Highlander offers a choice of there engines. Furthermore, one of them is a hybrid variant. The base engine under comes with a 2.7-liter inline-4engine that delivers an amazing output of 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also fuel efficient and through a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD system, it provides EPA city/highway fuel economy of 20/24 mpg. The next one that is optional is a powerful 3.5-liter V6.
This engine under the hood of Highlander SUV will produce 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. However. It is connected to the 8-speed automatic and it gives much better fuel economy than the first one, It provides an EPA city/highway fuel economy of 20/27 mpg for FWD LE and AWD LE Plus, 19/26 mpg (LE AWD), 21/27 mpg (FWD LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum) and 20/26 mpg for (AWD XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum).
The last one is a 2020 Toyota Highlander hybrid. According to the latest news, this SUV will come with a V6 engine and electric motor. The same 3.5-liter V6 is lying under this model. This engine comes with an AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors that are able to give 306 HP. It`s the most efficient with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 30/28 mpg (LE) and 29/27 mpg (XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum).
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, this model is also a great off-road performer. The total amount of towing is 1500 pounds for the base model. However, with a choice of V6, the buyers can tow up to 5000 pounds.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Highlander Hybrid model will debut at the same time as the base model sometime in the 2020 year. Most of the rivals will be models such as Hyundai Santa Fe, Volkswagen Atlas, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse.
The price of the 2020 Toyota Highlander will start at $32,375 for a base, 4-cylinder LE model. However, the most fuel-efficient hybrid model will begin at $38,000 and it can climb easily to $50,000.