A few months ago, Toyota gave us a sneak peek at the fully redesigned 2020 Highlander. Along with an abundance of new features, the new Highlander, the largest SUV in the entire segment, is also accompanied by an all-new Hybrid model. Excited? Us too. Here are just a few of the reasons we’re pumped about the 2020 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid.
A Spacious Interior
The new Highlander has three rows of seats and can accommodate 7 or 8 passengers, depending on the configuration. Both the first and second rows are spacious enough for any adult passenger, even those on the taller side. The third row is a cozy space for younger passengers or any animal companions you may have.
Cloth upholstery comes standard, though premium options like synthetic and real leather are available. Kelley Blue Book noted that the leather seats are easily on par with a more expensive vehicle, like a Lexus. Both the first and second-row seats can be heated and a leather-wrapped steering wheel is also available.
Its cargo capacity is also very impressive. With every row folded up, you get 16 cubic feet of space. With the third row folded down, this number increases to 48.4 cubic feet. Folding down the second row opens up 84.3 cubic feet.
An Efficient Engine
For the Hybrid model, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It’s also paired with a battery pack, two electric motors, and a CVT (continuously variable transmission). It has a great power output of 243 horsepower and comes available with either 2WD or AWD.
The regular Highlander already gets great gas mileage, but the Hybrid Highlander kicks it up a notch. Toyota promises that this SUV gets 36 mpg combined. For a large SUV, this number is excellent, as the 2020 Ford Explorer only gets 28 mpg combined.
Plenty of Standard Tech
The Highlander Hybrid also comes with a lot of technology features. Standard smartphone integration is also included, plus multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-fi hotspot. Parents will love the Driver Easy Speak, an intercom system perfect for getting the attention of backseat riders.
The touchscreen in the center stack is 8 inches and comes with sharp graphics. You can also control the car’s audio and climate levels with physical knobs. More expensive trims include a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a premium audio system.
Great Safety Features
Since large SUVs are often used to transport many young passengers, advanced safety functions are an absolute must. Fortunately, the Highlander Hybrid comes with many useful features without making you pay extra. These include lane assist, cruise control, forward collision warning, road sign recognition, and automatic high beams.
If you upgrade to a higher trim, you’ll get advanced parking functions. A surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and even automatic parallel parking are available upgrades. The Platinum trim offers a head-up display, which allows you to see important driving data while keeping your eyes on the road.
A Comfortable Drive
So far, many critics have been impressed with the Hybrid’s driving performance. The reviewers at Autoblog even found that it feels faster than its gas-operated counterpart. They also noted that there was very little vibration or engine noise inside the cabin.
Motortrend also gave the Highlander Hybrid a glowing review. They were particularly impressed with the car’s brakes, which were very responsive compared to most hybrid cars. The Highlander is overall very easy to handle, even for new drivers or those not used to driving large vehicles.
Want to get more information about the 2020 Highlander or Highlander Hybrid SUV? Contact your Toyota dealer for details. If you happen to live in St. Charles, St. Peters or St. Louis, get in touch with someone from Pappas Toyota. Contact our St. Peters Toyota dealership at (636) 928-1212 to speak with someone from our sales team, and we’ll set you up with a Highlander or Highlander Hybrid test drive in no time.
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