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2020 Toyota Highlander Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 28, 2020

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The 2020 Toyota Highlander is a handsome choice among the midsize SUVs.  It is on the verge of bringing in the Generation X and millennial families to walk straight to the Toyota dealerships to buy the 2020 redesigned Highlander. The Highlander debuts with Toyota's new SUV platform which is stiffer, lighter and bigger and will be deployed across all Toyota SUVs in the future. With those evolutionary updates the 2020 Toyota Highlander has some big shoes to fill in as the previous version of the Highlander still remains one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in the United States. The interior isn't feature-rich, but then we all know that Highlander's forte is carrying around people with the utmost comfort, and as perceived, it does a damn well good job in this field.

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Pros

Torque-vectoring rear differential.

Blindspot monitor 

Rear cross-traffic Alert

Intuitive front cabin

Massive towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds

Easy maneuverability

Cons

Cramped third row

Unbalanced interior

Missing ventilated second-row seats

Unfriendly Electrically Assisted Steering

Dull braking system

Lesser cabin storage options

What's New?

Aggressive front end with a lot of faux bends going on.

Heated mirrors

ABS and driveline Traction control

Torque vectoring system

SofTex leatherette seat trim 


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

263 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13.3

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 ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/27/23 mpg

highway range

518.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. /unlimited


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2020 Toyota Highlander in Celestial Silver Metallic color 2020 Toyota Highlander in Opulent Amber color 2020 Toyota Highlander in Midnight Black Metallic color
Celestial Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.4

Safety

9.4

Competition

7.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Highlander L

L

power
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$34,600 - $36,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,600 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic front wheel drive 8
L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,200 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Highlander LE

LE

power
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$36,800 - $38,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,800 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic front wheel drive 8
LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,400 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE

power
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$39,600 - $41,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,600 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,200 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Toyota Highlander Limited

Limited

power
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$43,650 - $45,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,650 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,600 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Platinum

power
295 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$46,850 - $48,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,850 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,800 MSRP (20/23/27) 295 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Toyota has gone with an aggressive front end with a lot of faux bends blended into the design language. Toyota's mid-size SUV is available in L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum models. For electric lovers, the Highlander offers a hybrid engine that looks similar. The Interior work of this 3 row SUV is believed to draw inspiration from Toyota's very own luxury car brand "Lexus", but then Toyota doesn't stray away from the established Highlander formula.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV front view
2020 Toyota Highlander SUV rear view

7.3/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.4/10
Exterior

9.4/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2020 Toyota Highlander Features

7.3/10

The Highlander is offered in five trims L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum. The L is the standard offering that would be available in the market. LE is a slightly higher version with standard upgraded quality and is only available as fleet cars.

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

Which trim should you go for?

Regardless of which trim or powertrain you choose, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is a fuel-efficient choice that is definitely lighter on your wallet, while going on long road trips. We would recommend the value-packed XLE priced at $40,720 wherein you get plenty of good features for only a bit more money. This trim has the most value for money appeal.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The only Achilles heel of the previous Generation Highlander was the naturally aspirated inline-four. The fourth-generation Highlander has more than enough power for your daily driving needs with smooth shifts from the transmission. In addition to the V6 model, a hybrid powertrain is also available. Both of them offer a varied arsenal of driver assists that enhance the performance.

With a higher price tag comes a greater thirst for power and hence the weak inline-four on the previous model is replaced with a rather powerful standard V6 engine, specifically a 3.5-liter V6 making 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque that sends power to all the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5-Liter V6 has enough grunt to get this three-row crossover going.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV engine bay

In our tests, we found that the V6 engine is quicker for shorter distances and also on long treks, there is no loss of power. The 3.5 L engine is punchier however there have been complaints about lack of smoothness after Toyota replaced the previous 6-speed with the 8-speed automatic transmission in 2020.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$38,400

$33,690

$35,495

$36,675

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0 L EcoBoost V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD FWD RWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed  automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

295hp@6,600rpm

291hp@6,000rpm 

276hp@6,200rpm

350hp@5,500rpm

Torque 

263lb-ft@4,700rpm

262lb-ft@5,200rpm

266lb-ft@2,750rpm

378lb-ft@3,500rpm

Despite having the smallest engine, the 2020 Ford Explorer does an amazing job of generating high power that is commendable. The Highlander comes a close second in terms of power figures, all thanks to its potent engine.

How Quick is Toyota Highlander from "0-60"?

The 0-60 times of the vehicle of the earlier generation Toyota Highlander remains at 7.2 seconds. However, as the acceleration times for the 2020 Highlander models are not available yet. But we have no doubt that the 2020 version of the Highlander will be much more quicker, thanks to its bigger engine producing more horses.

2019 Toyota Highlander SUV hits 0-60 mph in Just 7.2* sec

The performance is however turned down by the 8-speed automatic transmission which gets busy at lower speeds and does not engage actively on shorter rides.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagon Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

0-60 MPH 

7.2*sec

7.1 sec

7.9 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5*sec

15.4 sec 

16.0 sec

14.9 sec

Top Speed  N/A N/A N/A N/A

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0 L EcoBoost V6

*2019 times have been taken as the 2020 version times are not available as of yet.

With the 2020 acceleration times for the Highlander not out yet, The Ford Explorer holds the pole position and that too beating the next best KIA Telluride by a wide margin. 

How well does the Highlander handle?

Handling of the 2020 Toyota Highlander puts it beside the average performing SUVs. Although it delivers a very potent package for people wanting to make the best out of the vehicle they own. The ride quality is turned down by the stiffer suspension. And for a fact, as it can seat 7 passengers comfortably, the handling is good, although not the best.

The steering isn’t the nimblest unit out there, as you might notice maneuverability issues around corners. Moreover, the handling characteristics make the Highlander feel less comfortable even after some notable improvements from the last model. The light chassis frame does improve its handling to an extent.

 

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV rear third quarter view

Toyota Highlander tailors the drive experience to your preference with a choice of Eco, Normal, Sport, snow. All-wheel-drive models see the addition of multi-terrain select which further refines vehicle systems with a choice of mud, sand, rock, dirt or normal. With a turning radius of 38.4 ft, taking U-Turns would require some preparation.

What about the Braking Performance of the Toyota Highlander?

The L, LE and XLE version comes with shorter 18-inch wheels, whereas the Limited and the Platinum versions come equipped with the larger 20-inch wheels. Braking in the vehicle is not impressive but then it does its job reasonably well in that respect to bring the vehicle into a halt. However, you won't feel insecure while driving the car on highways and city roads and because of the AWD setup, the SUV enjoys better grip and road hold on slippery roads.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV brakes

The Toyota Highlander with a Hybrid engine also comes with a regenerative braking function that charges the battery pack installed inside it when you brake the vehicle. Regenerative braking function helps you cover some more miles in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

Brake Rotors Front

13.3"

13.4"

13.2"

12.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

13.3"

12.0"

12.2"

12.8"

Curb Weight

4330 lbs

4354 lbs

4343 lbs

4345 lbs

60-0 MPH

128 ft

120 ft

N.A

108 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 at a similar speed even with greater brake rotor discs.

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2020 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The 3.5-liter V6 engine offers a combined mpg of 23. It’s dynamic cruise control and the start-stop system works in pairs to increase fuel efficiency. The Front-wheel drive earns a 24-mpg combined estimate, while the all-wheel-drive just loses buy a mile in comparison.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

20

19

17

21

MPG (Highway)

27

24

24

28

MPG (Combined)

23

21

19

24

Fuel Capacity 

17.9 gallons

18.8 gallons

18.6 gallons

19.2 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

384/518/411 miles

357/451/394 miles

316/446/353 miles

403/538/460 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

6.4

7.0

7.6

7.4

Looking at the competition, the newly introduced Toyota Highlander delivers the segment-best fuel efficiency followed by the 2020 Kia Telluride which is appreciable considering it’s heavier than the rest.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior

7.5/10

This is where Toyota has hit the ball out of the park. Toyota seems to have learned a lot from "Lexus" that starts with its improved interior material quality.  The interior has a sturdy built which has been decorated with wood grains and metal inserts. The interior looks premium and rich with works that circulate better feeling for its driver. The all-new Toyota Highlander interior enjoys a balanced architecture which it's previous generation lacked. 

You get a lot of elements on the inside that confine the true use of Lexus standard in a Toyota SUV. The seats are nicely scooped out that deploy comfort on longer rides.  The climate control feature also does a fine job and is easy to operate. The top trims such as the Limited and the Platinum offers an impressive 1200-watt JBL sound system. Padding on the doors, center console and the roof is covered with premium quality material and the fit and finish of the dashboard are in par with other luxury cars, seems a Lexus though.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV front seats

The Platinum trim also gets heated and ventilation function on rear seats. The front cabin enjoys a decent amount of legroom, shoulder room, and headroom. Space and comfort in the rear are boosted by the reclining as sliding functions that can be operated through the command center screen in the rear, but the operation feels fuzzy.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity 5 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.2/59.0/42.0

40.9/61.6/44.1

41.3/61.5/41.5

40.7/61.8/43.0

Rear Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/58.7/41.0

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.4/60.8/37.6

40.5/61.9/39.0

The Highlanders competitors offer better usage of cabin space with more Passenger volume. Ford’s Explorer straightaway has the most spacious cabin space, with best in class Rear, Head and Shoulder room.

Infotainment

The Platinum is the only trim that benefits from a 12.3-inch screen, which is optional on the Limited trim well. But other than that all the other versions have a standard 8-inch infotainment screen. Nevertheless, the system requires a bit of getting used to, and we sincerely hope the Highlander rectifies this in the near future. 

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV infotainment system

What are the infotainment features on offer in the Highlander?

Unlike the previous Toyotas, Apple Car Play and Android Auto are standard in the 2020 version. It also includes a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Amazon Alexa and four USB ports. But then if you’re the kind of person who likes to blast his rap music till sundown, the Platinum trim would be perfect for you which comes equipped with a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

What are the interior features on offer in the Highlander?

The Interior of the Highlander does provide a few features that are contributing factors in making the interior quality and comfort that much better.

  • The wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Huge center console bin with dual access points
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Varied climate control zones
  • Power adjustable door mirrors
  • Cargo area light

How much Cargo can the Toyota Highlander take in?

A set of a stroller or golf clubs can easily be placed in the boot space with ease, while the third row is up. It has 60/40 folding seats in the second and third rows. The rear window can be opened for easy access to the boot. It is fairly easy to load/unload your luggage.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV has 16.0 cu ft. cargo volume

What we miss in the Toyota Highlander is the touchless operating system of the rear cargo door, which comes as standard for the rest of its competition.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

Cargo Capacity

16.0 cu.ft.

21.0 cu.ft.

20.6 cu.ft.

18.2 cu.ft.

The Toyota Highlander offers the least cargo space behind the 3rd row at 16 cu-ft. Fold the second and third rows and then you get a massive 83.7 cu-ft of cargo space. At 21 cu-ft, Kia Telluride offers the most Cargo volume behind the third row.

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2020 Toyota Highlander Exterior

8.4/10

The all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a more appealing visage than its previous generation. The latest-gen Toyota is a treat to look at. While front end might seem busy for some people, but that’s what makes it interesting, Toyota has gone up and beyond its normal design structure, which is a bold move by them. Toyota has made the Highlander Longer in length, shorter in Height with the roof lines flowing dramatically to the rear end.

2020 Toyota Highlander SUV third quarter view

The exterior design of the vehicle gets some purposely fitted exterior elements. The 20 inch brushed aluminum wheels and the character lines flowing through the rear fenders, brings modern era connectivity to its character. Styling remains on point. The Highlander comes with a generous chrome application at the front. The design comes off as pretty aggressive.

Models

2020 Toyota Highlander 

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight

4330 lbs

4354 lbs

4343 lbs

4345 lbs

Length

194.9"

196.9"

198.3"

198.8"

Width

76.0"

78.3"

78.3"

78.9"

Height

68.1"

68.9"

70.0"

69.9"

Ground Clearance 

8.0"

8.0"

8.0"

7.9"

Wheelbase 

112.2"

114.2"

117.3"

119.1"

The Toyota Highlander has the smallest wheelbase of the bunch while having a decent ground clearance of 8-inch. As is evident from the above data, the smaller wheelbase of the Highlander translates to lesser passenger volume. Whereas the Explorer offers the most passenger volume. 

What are the different exterior features on offer?

The 2020 Toyota Highlander has a lot of new features that the 2019 version didn’t have. Toyota’s newer design model has been the highlight which is evident enough in the new Highlander. A prominent Character line through the rear fender looks dope and is what differentiates it from the others in its segment.

  • Laminated panoramic moonroof with power sunshade.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Standard 18 inch and optional 20-inch wheels
  • Rear window defroster
  • Hands-free power rear liftgate
  • LED headlights
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2020 Toyota Highlander Safety

9.4/10

Toyota is one company that excels in providing safety. The Highlander works hard to justify itself as a Toyota breed, and its durable performance does go along with many segment topping SUVs. This SUV does prove its capability as an off-roader and indeed is reliable enough to last long as a daily driver.

Toyota’s biggest USP is its upgraded Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 which gives you all the required safety features and more. The overall safety ratings reflect a vehicle's performance in road tests and helps predict its safety prowess. The 2019 Toyota Highlander receives a 5-star rating from NHTSA. The Highlander performed well in overall safety tests conducted by IIHS. It checks all the boxes a genuine reliable vehicle would. We can wholeheartedly recommend this vehicle.

What are the Safety Features on offer In the Highlander?

Much like the 2019 model of the Highlander, the 2020 version of the Highlander comes packed with safety features including advanced driver safety aids such as the following.

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blindspot Monitor+ Rear cross-traffic Alert
  • Radar Cruise control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection 
  • Lane Tracing Assist System- It centers the Highlander in the intended lane of travel.
  • Pretensioners-Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision

2020 Toyota Highlander Competition

7.5/10

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer

Explorer’s 3.5-liter V6 eco-boost engine belts out 355 horsepower which is more than any other SUV in its segment. It is the longest three-row crossover in this segment and hence gives convenient third-row access. When it comes to convenience, the Explorer takes the Crown. Toyota has only two engines to offer-a 2.7-liter inline-four and a 3.5-liter V6. The Highlander offers more features than the Explorer but commands a higher price tag.

2020 Ford Explorer SUV

Toyota Highlander vs Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride is powered by a more powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 291 horsepower. In comparison, the gearbox on Kia Telluride is slightly better. That said, the Highlander depicts a rugged, yet intuitive American interior, whereas the Telluride has a more subtle design language. The Highlander offers better fuel economy, more features, better fit and finish inside and a lot more tech too. However, Kia has the advantage of a more friendly price tag. 

2020 Kia Telluride SUV

Toyota Highlander vs Volkswagen Atlas

Yet another competitor in the way of Toyota Highlander is the Volkswagen Atlas, a resurgent SUV that makes a worthy mid-size SUV.  The Volkswagen Atlas has a longer wheelbase for more passenger volume. This mid-size SUV puts practicality and functionality at the core. The SUV is joined by a reliable engine and transmission unit that performs much better in its segment and delivers a punchier boost of power when you need it. With all these good characters the Volkswagen Atlas remains a better consideration in the segment.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SUV

2020 Toyota Highlander Final Verdict

With the 2020 Toyota Highlander, the good definitely gets better. Toyota has brought its A-game full speed ahead to go up against all of the other car manufacturers. It might not be the best in its three-row segment, but it is highly capable and far better than its predecessor. If you want a vehicle with good fuel efficiency, intuitive interior features, plush ride and looks that remain strict to commuter vehicles, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is the preferable choice.

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Jimmy V. Nichols

2020 Toyota Highlander

LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Drill through third row

Pros - AWD, power trunk door, steering wheel controls

Cons - Mpg for sure, hopping into third row

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Call it an offroader or family suv with a space of 7, nothing can go out of tune under the hood for any Toyota.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Samuel K. King

2020 Toyota Highlander

Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Over sensitive ABS

Pros - Mostly everything

Cons - Sensitive ABS

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

Hard braking always results in weird sound that has never been helpful for the driving. I have been told its the ABS that kicks in when flooring the pedal at medium speeds to maintain traction but I still doubt if these are the signs of a good anti lock tech. A few instances, the brake pedal kicks back as if it was not supposed to be pressed

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
6/10
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Theodore I. Hayes

2020 Toyota Highlander

Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Everything standard

Pros - Different driving modes, all weather mats for the floor, adaptive cruise control

Cons - Sluggish nature

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Drives smooth and comes with multiple drive modes to get most out of it. Sure no driving mode is able to give it a boost in acceleration response which always feels sluggish in nature but features like adaptive cruise controls covers up the deal

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Drill through third row

Call it an offroader or family suv with a space of 7, nothing can go out of tune under the hood for any Toyota.

by Jimmy V. Nichols

7

User Overall Rating

Over sensitive ABS

Hard braking always results in weird sound that has never been helpful for the driving. I have been told its the ABS that kicks in when flooring the pedal at medium speeds to maintain traction but I still doubt if these are the signs of a good anti lock tech. A few instances, the brake pedal kicks back as if it was not supposed to be pressed

by Samuel K. King

9

User Overall Rating

Everything standard

Drives smooth and comes with multiple drive modes to get most out of it. Sure no driving mode is able to give it a boost in acceleration response which always feels sluggish in nature but features like adaptive cruise controls covers up the deal

by Theodore I. Hayes

8

User Overall Rating

Full of issues

Lows and highs (mostly lows). Handling is on the firmer side and parking has been a real pain since day one especially there are no parking sensors provided. Stop and go also is a feature which has been there to pave against driving without any significant impact on the mileage for which it was made at the first place

by Oscar J. Shepherd

9

User Overall Rating

Highlander is on high

With the size and built of Highlander, it's not easy to drive it around in city and that's the only issue I feel it has. Handling is a little firmer than our old corolla but something we got used to. A lot of features to look forward to in such competitive pricing from Toyota.

by David B. Suggs

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