2020 Toyota Highlander

MSRP $34,600

Ranked #11 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2020 Toyota Highlander Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander comes in L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trim levels, and an excellent hybrid version. With new looks, a standard V6 engine, a more comfortable ride, and an upscale interior, the new Highlander start from $34,600. 

This Toyota may have a cramped third row but the 2020 model has improved on many aspects. Its larger footprint offers a more spacious interior and cargo. You also get superiors safety and reliability ratings, thanks to the standard Toyota Safety Sense and good build quality. In this price range, Toyota faces stiff competition, especially from the newcomers. The alternative includes Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Subaru Ascent.

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Pros

Excellent reliability and resale

Standard V6 engine has segment best power figure

Plush ride quality

Advanced safety features (standard on all trims)

Cons

Below average third row passenger volume

What's New?

Fully redesigned for 2020MY


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

263 ft-lb. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

65.4 in.

width

76 in.

height

68.1 in.

curb weight

4145 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

141.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

84.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1685 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

L$34,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota Highlander in blizzard pearl color
blizzard pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


In the flooded three-row midsize SUV, the redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander is one of the top picks, thanks to the major changes it received. The crossover SUV has grown longer than its predecessor, and that contributes to making the cabin even more spacious. Last year's 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row has now grown to 16 cubes, which is more competitive.

More enticing is the fact that the 2020 Highlander is quite upscale inside, even though it starts from $34,600. For entertainment, you will have a standard 8-inch touchscreen which can be upgraded to a new 12.3-inch display. Toyota also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto this year. Still, there are rivals which for a new perspective. Let's see.

2019 Toyota Highlander SUV front three quarters
2019 Toyota Highlander SUV rear three quarters

7.5/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Toyota Highlander Buying Advice

We would suggest most buyers move up to the LE Plus trim. It brings in the 3.5-liter V6 engine and a longer list of standard equipment. It offers features like a powered liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen, upgraded upholstery, and a start-stop function. This trim has the maximum value for money appeal.

 

2020 Toyota Highlander Features

7.5/10

"As a fashionable high-quality family SUV, the 2020 Highlander excels." - Car And Driver

The Toyota Highlander is available in five trims: L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. The base Highlander L's price starts at an MSRP of $34,600, excluding the $1,120 destination charge. -$42,430. Every Highlander trim comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a front-wheel-drive. The base L trim sees a major price increase over the last year's pricing but gains more standard features and V6. The 2020 Highlander also offers Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance features as standard. 

Next in line, LE is better equipped and priced at $36,800. The Highlander XLE raises the starting price to $39,60, the Limited to $43,650, and the top-spec Platinum begins at $46,850. All-wheel drive is available throughout the 2020 lineup and costs between $1,600-$1,950 depending on the trim you choose. 

Trims

L

LE

XLE

Limited

Platinum

MSRP

(FWD)

$34,600

$36,800

$39,600

$43,650

$46,850

MSRP

(AWD)

$36,200

$38,400

$41,200

$45,600

$48,800

Key Features Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors Adds/Upgrades to L Adds/Upgrades to LE Adds/Upgrades to XLE Adds/Upgrades to Limited

 

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio

Blindspot Warning indicators

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal

LED projector headlights with LED-strip daytime running lights

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

DRCC-Dynamic Radar cruise control

Engine immobilizer Alarm

Tire pressure monitor systems

Power tilt moonroof with sunshade. 

Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging 

 

Integrated backup camera with projected path

Smart Stop Technology(SST)

Downhill assist control

Includes 11 subwoofer speakers

Heated second row

 

Smart Key System with lock, unlock and panic functions. 

ECO Driving Indicator

Multi-terrain select with switches

Dynamic torque vectoring AWD.

Bird’s eye View Camera with Dynamic gridlines.

 

Automatic high beams

Wi-Fi Connect with up to 2GB within a 3-month trial.

8-inch infotainment screen

12.3 Inch infotainment screen

Digital Rear-view mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver

 

 

 

Remote keyless entry system with liftgate functions

JBL powered 11 speakers including subwoofer and amplifier.

Rear bumper scuff Plate

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (reviewed separately) starts with the LE at a base price of $38,200 and tops out at $48,250 for a Platinum hybrid. By comparison, the base Highlander’s price is high compared to its closest competitor, the Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent. This is because the 2020 Highlander has more standard safety and interior features, which are comparable to up-level trims in the rivals. However, the 2020 Ford Explorer is priced higher than the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine and Performance

7.9/10

"The Highlander's V6 has plenty of power for daily driving tasks, but it can be lazy to respond when you aren't asking for maximum acceleration. " - Edmunds

The standard 3.5-liter V6 replaces the last year's four-cylinder engine in the 2020 Highlander. With 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque,  the Highlander produces the best in segment power and never feels under strain be it a city or highway driving situation. Transmission duties are taken care of by an 8-speed automatic. The Highlander is available with standard FWD but AWD is available at an additional expense. This durable and economical V6 Highlander has a stunning tow rating of 5000 pounds.

A Toyota Highlander powered by a V6 engine completes its 0-60 run in 7.2 seconds and the quarter-mile within a respectable 15.5 seconds. Even after having the best power output, Highlander only manages an average acceleration. To put it into perspective, a similarly equipped Honda Pilot is faster to reach 60 mph by 1 second. Honda's segment-best 6.2-second run is followed by Subaru's 6.9-second. And finally, the Ford Explorer in its base trim takes the longest 8.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

MSRP

$36,260

$31,450

$32,365

$31,995

Engine

3.5-Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Horsepower

295 hp @ 6600 RPM

280hp @ 6000 RPM

288hp @ 6500 RPM

260 hp @ 5,600RPM

Torque

263 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 RPM

277 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.2 seconds

6.2 seconds

8.2 seconds

6.9 seconds

Quarter mile

15.5 seconds

14.8 seconds

16.3 seconds

15.5 seconds

Towing Capacity

5000 lbs.

3500 lbs.

5000 lbs.

5000 lbs.

The 2020 Ford Explorer takes second place with its 288 hp output and then followed by Honda's 280 hp output. But when we consider drivability, the newly introduced Subaru Ascent has a better lower rpm grunt due to a turbocharged engine. Highlander is equipped with ventilated discs at the front and at the rear has a solid disc setup. The 2019 Highlander offers below-average braking performance. Under the emergency braking scenario, this three-row Toyota underperformed a lot. It covered a distance of 128 feet before coming to a standstill from 60mph.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

Brake Front

12.9"

12.6"

12.8"

13.1"

Brake Rear

12.2"

13"

12.8"

13"

Curb Weight

4244 lbs.

4036 lbs.

4458 lbs.

4430 lbs.

60-0 MPH

128 ft.

117 ft. (est.)

108 ft. (With optional tires)

119 ft.

The Ford Explorer scores an impressive stopping distance of 108 ft. This feat is achieved with the optional summer tires. However, the Toyota Highlander covers 20 feet more to stop from a similar speed. Highlander can tow a maximum load of 5000 lbs. when properly equipped. The Highlander can tow 5000 lbs. in every trim except the base trim which is powered by a 2.7-liter engine, that is fitted in the hybrid trims. When we talk about the competition, Toyota lives up to the expectations of a vehicle of its class.

2020 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy

8.0/10

"The EPA estimates that the 2020 Highlander V-6 will deliver up to 29 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive cuts that by 2 mpg. " - Car and Driver

The Highlander with FWD gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. These figures are impressive if we take into account that most rivals have standard four-cylinder engines, unlike Toyota's V6. The engine start-stop system works unobtrusively to increase fuel efficiency. The AWD models drop the gas mileage to 20/28 mpg city/highway (AWD L, LE, XLE, Limited trims) and 20/27 mpg (AWD Platinum model).

Model

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

MPG (city)

21

19

17

21

MPG (highway)

29

27

24

27

MPG (combined)

22

22

20

23

Looking at the competition, the newly introduced Subaru Ascent and Highlander deliver a segment-best of 21 mpg in the city. The Ford Explorer is rated at 17/24 mpg, which is below average in the midsize SUV class.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior

7.5/10

"Material quality is solid, though this SUV won't fool anyone into thinking it came from a luxury brand, especially from the second and third row seats."- TheCarConnection

The 2020 Toyota Highlander can seat eight people. The front and second-row offer good space. The third row is poorly equipped to seat adult passengers. This row is best left to smaller passengers. The cabin has lots of spaces to store items. Starting from the center console, it offers enormous space for miscellaneous items. You can easily keep your laptop there. It offers a power socket. The row between the glovebox and the upper part of the dashboard is a well-designed space to keep keys, wallets, and tickets.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interiors

The interior has a sturdy build and the higher trim levels have been decorated with wood grains and metal inserts. The upper part of the dashboard and the doors have been finished with nice soft-touch material. The top-spec Limited trim is offered with a massive panoramic roof that elevates the in-cabin ambiance.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

Passenger capacity

8

8

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/59.3/44.2

40.1/ 62/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

41.3/61.1/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.6/38.4

40.2/62/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/55.0/27.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32

36.3/57.2/31.7

Cargo Volume

13.8 cu-ft.

16.5 cu-ft.

21 cu-ft.

17.8 cu-ft.

Toyota's interiors are starting to show their age. Newly updated competitors offer better interior features and also offer more passenger volume. The newly introduced Subaru Ascent offers the maximum passenger volume in this segment - 153.5 cu-ft. We would suggest you wait until the 2021 Toyota Highlander release as it is bound to have an interior makeover and will then be the best offering in the segment overall.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interiors

The base trim level is equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display and a 6-speaker setup. The higher trims come with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The Entune touchscreen system from Toyota doesn't support Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It has soft-touch buttons on either side of the screen. The system requires little time to get used to. Hopefully, Toyota will upgrade this system in the upcoming generation change. Some of the Interior Features offered are mentioned below:

  • Power adjustable door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cargo area light
  • 3 Climate control zones
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Cargo Capacity

The Toyota Highlander offers the least cargo space behind the 3rd row at 13.8 cu-ft. Fold the third row, and space increases to 42.3 cu-ft. Fold the second and third rows and the total cargo space available is 83.7 cu-ft. The cargo bay doesn't have a loading lip. It is easy to load/unload your luggage. The rear window can be opened for easy access to the boot. Ford Explorer offers the best rear cargo space behind the third row.

2020 Toyota Highlander Exterior

6.0/10

"We generally like the Highlander's look. It's large but not imposing, muscular yet handsome. It has more a squared-off look vs. the rounded Honda Pilot." - KelleyBlueBook

Toyota has given the 2020 Highlander a bold redesign with bigger dimensions. The Highlander comes with a generous chrome application at the front. The front fascia tries to bring out the width of the car. This design comes off as aggressive, but you will feel a lack of driving dynamics once you are behind the wheel. The higher trims receive a fancy cladding beneath the grille that accentuates the width of the vehicle. The exhaust is hidden below the well and the reflectors are covered in chrome.

The new Highlander has grown in size as compared to the previous generation model. The wheelbase and overall length have increased by a couple of inches, rated at 112.2 and 194.9 inches, which brings more cabin space and even smoothens the ride quality. The Toyota Highlander offers modest dimensions. It has the smallest wheelbase in this comparison and has the least passenger volume in the segment. Highlander has a decent ground clearance of 8.0-inch and it can handle light off-roading jobs. But its engine isn't well suited for those endeavors. 

Model

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

Curb weight (lbs.)

4244

4036

4458

4430

Length(in)

194.9

196.5

198.3

196.8

Width(in)

75.8

78.6

78.9

76

Height(in)

68.1

70.6

70

71.6

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

7.3

7.8

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

111

112.8

113.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/64.2

66.3/66.3

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

The competition has an edge over Toyota here, the Ascent offers a whopping 8.7-inches of ground clearance and also offers a larger wheelbase which translates to more passenger volume. When we compare the third-row dimensions, the Highlander offers the least space there. The Honda Pilot is the highest in the segment with a curb weight measuring just 4026 lbs. The lower three trims in the 2020 lineup come with 18-inch alloy wheels while for the bigger 20-inch alloys you will have to upgrade to the XSE, Limited, and Platinum.

2020 Toyota Highlander Safety

7.0/10

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Highlander a five-star safety rating; the Highlander was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)." - Car and Driver

The 2020 Toyota Highlander receives an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA. The IIHS named the Highlander a Top Safety Pick after it earned a Good safety score in all crash tests. The SUV also earned a "Superior" rating for its front-crash prevention while the headlights are a mixed bag. The top-spec Platinum model getting the top rating and the base received poor for the standard headlights. Toyota Highlander comes with standard Toyota Safety Sense.

It really takes the safety of the driver and passengers to a higher level, the 2020 Toyota Highlander does great work for its price range. This system comes with a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The Safety Features offered are:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA W/ SA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS W/ PD)
  • 8 Airbags

2020 Toyota Highlander Competition

8.0/10

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower. Pricing for the Honda Pilot starts at $31,450. The 2019 Honda Pilot comes off as a more contemporary vehicle due to the newly introduced updates. Honda has a very intuitive infotainment system on offer. It also offers standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Pilot offers electrically operated second-row seats for convenient third-row access. When it comes to convenience, the Pilot takes the crown from the Highlander.

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Explorer's 3.5-liter V6 engine belts out 288 horsepower. The Explorer is the heaviest three-row crossover in this segment. It has a lot of positives like a spacious cabin, mild off-roading capacity, and the option to choose from a lot of three engines. The Toyota has only two engines on offer - a 2.7-liter inline-four in the hybrids and a 3.5-Liter V6 in the other trims. Ford Explorer offers more features than the Toyota Highlander but it commands a bigger price tag.

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is powered by a four-cylinder boxer engine and comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. Ascent is a better driving three-row SUV available in the market. The turbocharged engine produced more torque than the Highlander's V6. And when it comes to standard features, Ascent is equipped with standard AWD, Subaru's Eyesight safety system and offers a better cargo and passenger volume than the Highlander. Until Toyota updates the Highlander, the Subaru comes off as a better package.

 

2020 Toyota Highlander Final Verdict

Although the Toyota Highlander ranks in the middle, it is a good SUV. Apart from its tight third row, the Highlander has very few downsides. This Toyota's midsize SUV offers more standard active safety feaures than any rival. It can be credited for its comfortable ride and upscale interior. Some of the new rivals offer better interior quality and driving dynamics than the Highlander. However, the 2020 Toyota Highlander has top-rated predicted reliability and a high resale value.

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