Advantages and Disadvantages of 2020 Toyota Highlander

Overview

The 2020 Highlander and Hybrid are two distinguished options in the mid-size SUV range, both furnished with Toyota's well known dependability. With three rows of seats that provide plenty of room for your family and gear, these vehicles will always be a practical decision despite similar models such as the Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade offering more bonus features.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander packs in a plethora of advanced features that the previous model lacked. It offers more power, with both petrol V6 and hybrid 4-cylinder options available. Ride quality is smooth and cabin noise levels are low, while driver assistance functions such as automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control comes standard throughout the range. The next generation Highland has truly taken it up a notch!

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Highlander is equipped with a 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pairs seamlessly to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be outfitted in either front or all wheel drive. On our brief test drive, we discovered the power of its V-6 was more than enough for quick acceleration on short onramps - at our track it took only 6.7 seconds to reach 60mph with all wheel drive!

While we have yet to really get the new Highlander out on a track, you can rest assured that this story will be updated with test results once it does. When driving the Highlander, its handling is nothing overly exciting but still quite stable and reliable for family chauffeuring duties. If you're looking for something more fun behind the wheel however, then take a look at Mazda's CX-9 - you won't regret it!

Hybrid Powertrain

With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you get an impressive powertrain featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to output 243 horsepower! Even better - it also comes with a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT) for smooth operations and your choice between front or all wheel drive. With this hybrid model's advanced technology, you'll experience greater fuel efficiency than its nonhybrid counterpart with no sacrifice in acceleration performance-- both due to the increased horsepower rating as well as its use of the efficient CVT instead of an 8 speed automatic transmission.

At our test track, the hybrid model of Toyota Highlander sprinted to 60 mph in an impressive 7.3 seconds. Buyers researching this segment will know that Ford Explorer also comes with a Hybrid option; yet when compared side-by-side, it is clear why many choose the Toyota Highlander over its competition - not only does it have superior fuel economy but is also remarkably more affordable at $39,320 than Ford's starting price of $53,475 for their Explorer Hybrid!

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that a 2020 Highlander V-6 equipped with front wheel drive can offer up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway, yet all wheel drive diminishes this number by 2 mpg. Similarly, hybrid models have higher ratings which range from 36 city mpg and 35 highway mp for those featuring front wheel drives. Our team has tested the standard Highlander using our 200 mile highway fuel economy route where it achieved 28mpg. We plan to put its fuel efficiency to the test once more when we receive a visit from one of their Hybrid model variations!

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both certify that Toyota's 2020 Highlander is a top-rated vehicle in terms of safety, earning it an impressive five stars from NHTSA and even being named a Top Pick by IIHS. Adhering to its renowned standard of excellence, Toyota has included ingenious driver-assistance features as part of the package—such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, emergency braking with pedestrian detection capabilities and automatic high beam headlamps — making your driving experience tranquil yet secure.

Is Toyota Highlander a reliable car?

The Toyota Highlander has received above-average scores on all major reliability ratings. RepairPal gave it 4.0 out of 5.0, ranking it seventh out of 26 SUVs. Its average annual repair cost is only $489, which is lower than the average $573.

Which is bigger 4Runner or Highlander?

In terms of passenger space, the Highlander is far more generous with between 136 and 141 cubic feet of room (depending on the presence of a sunroof), whereas the 4Runner provides just 97 cubic feet for people in two-row configurations and 128 with the optional third row.

Which model of Highlander is best?

It's popular for many reasons, but especially because of its reliability. There are six different Highlander trim levels available. However, only one is the most popular among buyers and is recommended by two significant experts. Buyers and experts agree on the best 2022 Toyota Highlander trim, the Highlander XLE.