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2020 Toyota Highlander: Everything You Need to Know

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota’s popular Highlander three-row SUV got a redesign that first appeared at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, but we still had to wait months to actually drive both the gas-powered and hybrid versions.

Related: 2020 Toyota Highlander Review: More in Some Ways, Not in Others

Powered by either a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 295 horsepower and 263 pounds-feet of torque — or in the hybrid, a combined gas-electric powertrain that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine for a combined system output of 243 hp and 175 pounds-feet of torque — the 2020 Highlander is available in front- or all-wheel-drive variants (the previous-generation Highlander Hybrid was only available with all-wheel drive). Automatic transmissions are the name of the game here, with an eight-speed automatic paired to the gas V-6 or a continuously variable automatic for the hybrid.

Three rows of seats fit into the 2020 Highlander, which is 2.4 inches longer than the outgoing generation. That extra length was added to improve cargo space, but while there is more than previous models, our editors wonder if that was enough in such a competitive field. Toyota, however, seems to prefer to keep the Highlander on the smaller side of things for the sake of “maneuverability.”

If you’re considering a three-row SUV — and, given the popularity of the segment as a whole, there’s a decent chance you might be — be sure to check out not only our coverage of the 2020 Highlander specifically, but also our recent comparison test of seven other three-row SUVs, including the new-for-2020 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride.

You can find that coverage below, as well as our research page for the 2020 Highlander and comparisons of the new Highlander with its previous generation and the top three finishers in our class comparison. Here’s everything you need to know on the 2020 Toyota Highlander:

News and Reviews

2020 Toyota Highlander Review: More in Some Ways, Not in Others

2020 Toyota Highlander: Well-Equipped But Whoa-Nelly Priced

Toyota, Lexus Extend Life of Battery Warranty for 2020 Hybrids 

What’s New With Toyota in 2019?

Auto Show Face-Off: 2020 Ford Explorer Vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander 

Is the 2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Any Roomier Than Before?

2020 Toyota Highlander Grows a Little, Gets More Efficient Hybrid

2020 Toyota Highlander Tease Convinces Us We’re Seeing Things in NY

Which SUVs Have the Most Cargo Space in 2019?

Other 3-Row SUVs

2020 3-Row SUV Challenge Video: Hyundai Palisade Fends Off Fierce Competition 

What’s the Best 3-Row SUV for 2020?

We Have a Winner: Why the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Is the Best 3-Row SUV 

How We Found the Best 3-Row SUV of 2020

2020 3-Row SUV Challenge: What’s the Best MPG SUV?

3-Row SUVs With the Best Cargo Areas

Research and Compare

Research the 2020 Highlander

Compare the 2020 and 2019 Highlander

Compare the 2020 Highlander to the Top Three Finishers in the 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge

Find a 2020 Toyota Highlander for Sale Near You

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