2020 Toyota Highlander on city street

Updates & Enhancements in the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander

What’s New in the 2020 Toyota Highlander?

Among the best-selling three-row midsize SUVs on the market, the 2020 Toyota Highlander returns all-new this year with a dramatic new design direction that takes on more power, more active safety features and more standard equipment than the previous generation. See what’s in store when we review what’s new for the 2020 Toyota Highlander here!

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Powertrains & Performance

The fourth-generation Highlander packs more horses under the hood with a new 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. The new base engine overshoots the outgoing one in performance by 110 horsepower.

The new Toyota Hybrid System in the 2020 Highlander Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The system is more compact and more efficient than before, now achieving a best-in-class 36 mpg combined. That’s a 17% increase in fuel economy over the outgoing Highlander Hybrid.

Active Safety Features

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 will now become standard on all models. The advanced safety suite packs a vast range of active safety technologies, including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist

Infotainment System

The next-generation Highlander will also replace the old standard 6.1-inch Toyota Entune™ touchscreen with an 8-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen with access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. The Highlander Platinum get upgraded to the largest-in-class 12.3-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen display paired with the 1,200-watt JBL® Premium Audio System and integrated navigation.

2020 Toyota Highlander 8-inch touchscreen

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Toyota Highlander Quick Comparison Chart

Category 2020 Toyota Highlander 2019 Toyota Highlander
Trim Levels L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE and Limited
Base Engine 3.5-liter V6 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 295 horsepower 185 horsepower
Infotainment System  8-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 6.1-inch Toyota Entune™
Cargo Space    16.1 cubic feet 13.8 cubic feet


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