2020 Toyota Highlander | Everything We Know So Far

2020 Toyota Highlander | Everything we know so far

One of the original and most popular three-row family crossovers has been completely redesigned, and if you liked the previous version, chances are you'll like the incrementally improved 2020 Toyota Highlander. It's well-equipped with generous safety equipment and entertainment features, and is available with the best fuel economy by far thanks to its unique hybrid offering. That said, it is smaller than virtually all of its competitors, so if you plan to frequently use all three rows of seats and/or need lots of luggage space, it may not be for you.

We have yet to drive the 2020 Highlander, but will update this post when we do. In the meantime, you can find everything we know so far about it below.

What's new for 2020?

The Toyota Highlander is all new for 2020, riding on the same new platform that underpins other recently redesigned Toyotas. It's only a bit bigger than before, and largely represents evolutionary changes intended to bolster its refinement and sharpen its driving experience. The previous Highlander's V6 engine is now standard (the weakling four-cylinder has been dropped), while the Highlander Hybrid model is more powerful, more efficient and now available with front-wheel drive. The advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system from the RAV4 Adventure is now an option on some V6 trim levels. Finally, styling inside and out is significantly different and infotainment features have been bolstered with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A jumbo 12.3-inch touchscreen is also now available.

2020 Toyota Highlander Looks At Rav4 For Inspiration, New 34 Mpg 4-cylinder Hybrid (live Pics)

2020 Toyota Highlander Looks At RAV4 For Inspiration, New 34 MPG 4-Cylinder Hybrid (Live Pics)

Toyota’s all-new 2020 Highlander SUV has landed at the 2019 New York Auto Show, showcasing a chiseled new design that borrows styling cues from the smaller RAV4, new tech and a more efficient hybrid system. The gasoline-powered 2020 Highlander will arrive in Toyota dealerships in December, while the Hybrid in February 2020.

5 Questions Answered About The 2020 Toyota Highlander

5 questions answered about the 2020 Toyota Highlander

The 2020 Toyota Highlander has debuted at the New York Auto Show, and we've had our first look at what is largely an evolution of this highly successful mid-size, three-row crossover. Although checking it out in person answered some of our questions, we got a chance to interview the Highlander's chief engineer Yoshikazu Saeki about the rest.

Here are five questions we asked and had answered here in New York about the all-new Highlander.

2020 Toyota Highlander Sticks To The Formula That Has Worked

2020 Toyota Highlander sticks to the formula that has worked

NEW YORK — The 2020 Toyota Highlander may be all-new, but it very much represents an evolution of a tried-and-true formula. Not only was the Highlander one of the first midsize crossovers, launched at time when the Explorers and Blazers of this world were based on truck platforms, but it went on to be one of the best-selling. Since then, each of the succeeding generations has been a bit bigger than its predecessor, which is the case with this new fourth-generation model, based on Toyota's now-ubiquitous TNGA platform and specifically the longer K version used in the Camry, Avalon and RAV4.

However, despite adding 2.36 inches in overall length, all of which has gone into the cargo area, the Highlander remains one of the smaller three-row crossovers. Whereas most new or redesigned segment entries like the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Ford Explorer get attention with big interior numbers, the new Highlander is sticking with what has worked. If customers were demanding the Highlander go jumbo, or were choosing something bigger, you'd better believe Toyota would've made them happy. That it didn't go big should be a strong indication that customers are perfectly OK with a smaller-than-average entry.

2020 Toyota Highlander Teased With 3d Art Exhibition Ahead Of Nyias

2020 Toyota Highlander teased with 3D art exhibition ahead of NYIAS

We're coming up on the annual New York International Auto Show, and Toyota is brewing up an all-new, fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander crossover. But instead of revealing it in a typical manner involving a press release and some stock photos of the car, the Japanese auto giant decided to do something different this time around.

Toyota teamed with augmented reality artist Michael Murphy for a unique art exhibition to showcase this new Highlander. Murphy is known for his illusionary and anamorphic 3D art exhibitions and sculptures, which manipulate lighting and shadows to play on human visual perception.

New Toyota Highlander Spied With Chiseled Body, Loses Cardboard Cladding

New Toyota Highlander spied with chiseled body, loses cardboard cladding

A new Toyota Highlander is on its way, and this is the second time one of our spy shooters has caught it out testing. Initially, we saw a Highlander with bizarre cardboard cladding, but this prototype is outfitted in more traditional car camouflage. And boy has Toyota covered it up.

Some details are still recognizable through the camo such as the grille and headlights. It's easy to tell the grille on this generation of Highlander apart from the grille on the old, especially when they're lined up right next to each other. There appear to be curved ridges showing through the black, unlike the straight bars we see on the Highlander directly behind it. Much thinner, LED headlights are displayed alongside the new grille, poking through their shrouding. The side mirrors have new mounting points and are shaped differently, too.

2019 Subaru Ascent Vs Honda Pilot Vs Toyota Highlander: How They Compare On Paper

2019 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander: How they compare on paper

We had a good long-look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent during the LA Auto Show and dug deep with 15 fast facts about the new three-row family SUV. It certainly looked competitive in person and today we have an even better idea of what it delivers on paper, as full pricing was announced today, joining a full set of specifications.

To the surprise of no one, we've fired up the old spreadsheet comparison generator to see how the all-new 2019 Ascent compares to the 2018 Honda Pilot and 2018 Toyota Highlander. Besides being two of last year's best-selling three-row SUVs, the Pilot and Highlander are also the closest in general concept to the new Ascent. They should also cater to similar buyers. There are of course numerous other worthy contenders, including the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9 and the best-selling Ford Explorer, so if you want to see their specs, check out the Autoblog compare tool.