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What's New For the 2020 Toyota Highlander?

Since its debut, the Toyota Highlander has held its own in the highly competitive midsize SUV market. The Highlander is one of the best-selling SUVs by Toyota. It is also one of the leading midsize three-row SUVs on the market in general. Considering its popularity, you might not think that the Highlander needs many changes, if any at all, to please its audience. But nevertheless, the Highlander gets some new and notable changes to rise head-and-shoulders above the competition in 2020. This model year, the SUV gets a refreshed appearance that gives it a sleeker, more stylish, and more modern exterior. Its now-standard package of amenities includes Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Highlander gets more power this year too with the elimination of its base four-cylinder engine. The V6 and hybrid engines are now the SUV's exclusive options for power and performance.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior

Which Features are Available for 2020?

There are five trim levels of the Highlander in 2020. The lineup begins with the L and progresses to the LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. The L, which is the base trim, accommodates up to eight occupants with cloth upholstery and bench-style seating in the back rows. Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all standard infotainment technology. Next up, the LE gets split-folding seats and five USB charging ports throughout the cabin. A backup camera is part of the trim's comprehensive safety package. The XLE adds to the list of standard features with leather seats in the first two rows. A leather-wrapped wheel and rich sound system add to its appeal. The Limited piles on the works with heated and ventilated seats that are made of perforated leather. Captain's chairs in the second row reduce seating capacity to seven and provide even more interior space. A tilt-sliding moonroof and multi-information display panel are standout amenities of this trim. The Platinum features embossed leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen.

How does the Highlander Engine Balance Power Needs and Fuel Economy?

2020 Toyota HighlanderThis year brings some notable changes to the Highlander's mechanics. The previous base engine, a four-cylinder, has been replaced by a V6 that was only available in earlier model years. This V6 engine generates 295 HP. It is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid models get a four-cylinder engine with a 2.5L capacity. This engine's maximum power capacity is 240 HP. Two kinds of all-wheel drive are available with the 2020 Highlander. At 5,000 pounds, the Highlander's towing capacity is the same as the previous year's.

Packed with Safety Features Galore

2020 Toyota HighlanderToyota is a world-recognized name when it comes to safety. Not surprisingly, the 2020 Highlander is equipped with a variety of safety features. The Highlander comes equipped with many standard advanced safety tools, including the Safety Sense and Star Safety packages. The Safety Sense package includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and lane departure alert. The Star Safety package includes vehicle stability control, smart-stop technology, and anti-lock brakes. Advanced airbags keep occupants protected in the event of a crash, and the seats are specially designed to reduce whiplash. Energy-absorbing crumple zones reduce impact altogether.

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