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.
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:
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