2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Changes, Concept, XLE


Considering the duration of every production cycle so far, we expect 2020 Toyota Highlander to be the last year model of the current generation. Although Japanese manufacturer is primarily known for amazing body-on-frame SUVs, but crossovers are popular as well. Besides legendary Rav4, this one also marks great sales results. It is also known as Kruger in some parts of the world.

2020 toyota highlander front view

The original model came in 2001. So far, we have seen three generations of it. The current version is present since 2013 and it is expected to be replaced in about two years, which indicates that 2020 Highlander won’t feature bigger changes. This should be the last year-model of the current generation, so it should continue with a familiar design, engine lineup, equipment etc. Expect it to arrive sometime in late 2019, without bigger changes in price.

2020 Toyota Highlander redesign

Bigger changes in terms of design are not expected for 2020 Toyota Highlander. This model will continue with same design characteristics, featuring familiar styling and proven mechanics. The most notable thing about this crossover is definitely its design. It is one of rare models for the company’s lineup that haven’t received Toyota’s newest design language, despite the update from two years ago. For that occasion, it received various novelties, including styling. Still, the biggest changes for this occasion were under the hood, in terms of new transmission etc.


On the insider, the 2020 Toyota Highlander will continue with the characteristics that are pretty much the same as on the initial model from five years ago. Still, we could see some novelties, in terms of new color schemes and new standard equipment. Each version should get few novelties, though the base trim level organization will probably remain the same.

2020 toyota highlander interior

2020 Toyota Highlander trim levels

The 2020 Toyota Highlander will come in six familiar trim levels – LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum.

The LE start with the most basic list of standard equipment, which includes things like 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors,  five USB ports, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. The famous Safety Sense package is also a part of the standard equipment. This package includes various safety features, such as automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.

LE Plus and XLE gradually add more and more standard equipment.

On the other side, SE comes with various styling and mechanical tweaks, including new suspension.

Limited and Limited Platinum follow these changes but add plenty of comfort and convenience.

2020 toyota highlander rear view

2020 Toyota Highlander engines

The 2020 Toyota Highlander will continue with same engines under the hood. There are two gasoline and one hybrid powertrain in the offer.

Base models feature a familiar 2.5-liter inline-four unit, which is good for about 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

On the other side, there is optional 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 295 horses and 263 pound-feet of torque. While the four-cylinder unit comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the bigger V6 comes with a newer 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Finally, there is a hybrid powertrain. The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will continue with a familiar combination of V6 engine and electric motors. Total output goes around 306 horsepower, which is enough to provide excellent acceleration.

2020 toyota highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander release date and price

The 2020 Toyota Highlander will most likely come sometime in the late 2019. We don’t expect changes in price, so base models should go around 31.000, while fully-loaded versions could easily go over 45.000 dollars. A hybrid version will also keep the same price, which goes in a range between 37.000 and 48.000 dollars.

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