Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $48,088 (Base MSRP: $35,775)
Seating Capacity: 7 or 8 passenger seating
Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; all-wheel drive a vehicle stability system; a traction control system; hill start assistance; a pre collision braking system with pedestrian detection system; a lane departure alert system with steering assist; a lane tracing assist system; automatic high beams; a radar activated cruise control system; a road side assist system; a temporary spare tire; back up camera; and a tire pressure monitoring system
Standard Equipment (Limited): 20-inch wheels; color-keyed power outside mirrors; front grille in black paint with chrome plated surround; power sunroof; handsfree power liftgate; automatic dimming rearview mirror; leather seats; heated/ventilated front row seats; power driver’s seat with memory function; power front passenger seat; second row sunshades; leather trimmed steering knob; pseudo wood – door trim; front door sill scuff plates; cargo cover; front and rear parking assist with automated braking; mud, sand and dirt driving mode; an electronic blind spot monitor; a reverse tilt down feature with outside exterior mirrors; a premium 11-speaker audio system; a navigation system; ambient interior lighting; and 2, 120-volt outlets
Options: 360-degree camera and carpeted floor mats
Other Trim Levels:
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/SiriusXM
Android/Apple CarPlay: Available
Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard
USB Connectivity: Standard
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder turbo/295-hp
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Standard Fuel Mileage: 21-city/29-hwy
What’s New: The 2020 Highlander takes on a new design direction for the 2020 model year.
The fourth generation Highlander is available in a front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration. Toyota has done the unthinkable with their all-wheel drive system. This automaker offers three variations of their all-wheel drive system, depending upon trim.
And, this year’s 2020 model is available in five trims, ranging from the base L trim to the higher end Platinum. Toyota refers to them as grades, while the uniform term in the industry is trim. Our test model was the Limited trim, which was a step below the Platinum model.
Moreover, the Highlander is available in two powertrains. One can opt for an updated 4-cylinder hybrid or the standard 6-cylinder gasoline model, which produces 243-horsepower and 295-horsepower, respectively. While the model we reviewed was not outfitted with Toyota’s updated hybrid powertrain, our Highlander was outfitted with the brand’s standard stop-and start-engine system, which aids in saving fuel.
To enhance the driving experience, the fullsize crossover, is available in a variety of driving modes too. Those modes consist of normal, eco and sport.
Inside the vehicle, one can opt for a 7 or an 8-passenger seating arrangement, depending upon if one opts for buckets or a bench seat in the center row. With the seats, one opt for cloth, pseudo-leather or real leather.
Also based on trim, the all-new Highlander can be outfitted with everything from heated and ventilated front seats to a 12-inch easy-to-use infotainment screen to a power moonroof to a panoramic moonroof to a navigation system to a 360-degree camera. The Highlander offers features to capture literally every price point in the fullsize segment.
Lastly, the Highlander has the latest safety aids to help steer this vehicle too. Some of those features consist of a road sign assist system, automatic high beams and a land departure alert system.
But: Our major quirk with the Highlander is that the third row seats aren’t suitable for adults, especially on long trips. They seem more suitable for small kids.
Moreover, we’ve heard some buyers complain about the middle row buckets appearance wise don’t seem as durable as some of the competitors in the segment.
Lastly, the panoramic roof should be available on all of the models, not just the Platinum trim.
Competition: 2020 Chevy Traverse; 2020 Ford Explorer Limited; 2020 Hyundai Palisade; 2020 GMC Acadia; 2020 Honda Passport; 2020 Nissan Pathfinder; and 2020 Kia Telluride