The 2020 Toyota Highlander Breaks Cover with an All-New Look

By Justin Cupler | April 22nd, 2019

Hot on the heels of the new-generation RAV4, the 2020 Toyota Highlander arrives with a more rugged look and a new powertrain. Here’s what to expect when the 2020 Toyota Highlander hits the Garber Fox Lake Toyota new-car showroom serving the Waukegan and McHenry areas.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander’s body takes on a brand-new look with a more upright language that makes it look more SUV-like. Up front, the 2020 Highlander’s nose gains a new bumper with deep fog light recesses, LED headlights, upright grille, sweptback headlights, and broad, relatively flat hood. Down the sides, the 2020 Highlander features a kick-up character line and bold rear fender flairs. The rear end boasts wider LED taillights and vertical rear bumper reflectors, and an accent-colored bumper insert.


In terms of size, the 2020 Highlander is 2.36 inches longer than the current model, and its wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer. Most of the growth goes into the cargo area, which offers up to 16.1 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.


Under its hood, the 2020 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive. This powertrain delivers a 5,000-pound towing capacity.


The Highlander Hybrid will remain a part of the lineup with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a total of 240 horsepower. The Highlander Hybrid continues with all-wheel drive, but it will also have a front-wheel-drive model for the first time. Models with all-wheel drive will continue with a rear-axle-mounted electric motor to create a non-mechanical rear axle connection for extra traction. This amounts to a 34 mpg combined rating, which is a 17% improvement.


Inside, the 2020 Toyota Highlander more horizontal layout with its floating-style dash, prominent horizontal posts on the steering wheel, and more to visually widen the cabin. On top of this, the Highlander boasts loads premium tech, including standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Alexa In-Car, Waze, SiriusXM, and Wi-Fi. LE models add service and remote connectivity and a power liftgate, while XLE models add a 10-way power driver’s seat and a 7-inch multi-information system. Platinum models get navigation, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and a 360-degree camera.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander boasts its share of standard advanced safety gadgets. These include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander will hit our Crystal Lake showroom in December 2019, while the Highlander Hybrid will debut in February 2020. Mark your calendars and head down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota the day the 2020 Highlander arrives to be one of the first to test drive it. Can’t wait for the 2020 Highlander to arrive here in Waukegan? Check out our  2019 Highlander models on our online inventory page, choose the one you like, and come test drive it.


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