What was first shown to us as an art piece has now been fully revealed in the metal.
Welcome the 2020 Toyota Highlander.
Making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the fourth-generation Highlander is all-new both inside and out. Toyota’s latest three-row crossover rides on a modified version of the TNGA platform which is shared with the all-new Corolla, RAV4, and Camry. The platform was engineered to accommodate a twin powertrain setup, meaning customers can choose between a naturally-aspirated gasoline engine or a hybrid.
The 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 continues to produce 295 horsepower with 357 Nm torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as found in the previous-generation Highlander. Meanwhile, the hybrid model now uses a 2.5-liter inline-four combined with two electric motors which produces a total system output of 240 PS. The hybrid is now available in either 2WD or AWD.
When it comes to styling, the 2020 Highlander has undergone a massive redesign featuring a bolder look over its predecessor. The front end sports similar design cues as that of the current-generation RAV4 which features a massive grill flanked by a pair of sharp, angular headlights. It’s the same story at the rear with a pair of sleek, LED taillights similar to the Camry. Overall, the new evolutionary design seems to follow that of the brand’s current design language for its crossovers.
Inside, the cabin has also been redesigned and features upgrades to its in-car technology. One of the biggest changes is the new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the range-topping variant. Lower trim models will have to settle with an 8-inch unit that still features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, nonetheless. There are also new seat materials as well depending on the variant. While the bigger display may not be standard on all variants, a lot of its new safety features are.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is now standard on the 2020 Highlander. Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are now standard across all trim levels.
The 2020 Highlander will go on sale in December 2019. It is set to go up against models like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and Subaru Ascent.