It has been two decades since the first-generation Highlander debuted at the 2000 New York auto show. Now, it is finally time for the most recent iteration of the iconic three-row family crossover. In comparison with the third-generation predecessor, this latest Highlander model has softer lines and sportier design. There were more than 250,000 Highlanders sold in North America last year, so you can expect that this redesigned Highlander will be a huge presence on the road in no time flat.
Although the third-generation Highland was already quite large, it was still smaller than some of its competition, like the Honda Pilot. The 2020 model year is 2.4 inches longer, increasing the wheelbase, passenger room, and cargo storage. It’s also wider than its predecessor, making the cabin more spacious and comfortable for the driver, and passengers. Despite this increased size, it still handles incredibly, and with a sharp turning radius and a backup camera, the challenges of driving a bigger vehicle have been mitigated, meaning you don’t have worry about it impeding your daily driving. Of course the improvements don’t stop with increased size – we haven’t even touched on the spectacular styling, enhanced performance, or a myriad of other improvements, so keep reading!
The 2020 Highlander was redesigned from the ground up, starting with its unibody frame. It rides on Toyota’s latest TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) flexible platform. The same platform can be found in the Prius, C-HR, Corolla, RAV4, Camry, and Avalon. The main advantage of the TNGA platform is that it reduces complexity, as well as weight. This means that it will come with better fuel efficiency, improved handling, and enhanced ride quality. Simplicity in manufacturing also means less parts, meaning less repairs – and if they do come around they’ll be less costly.
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The 2020 Toyota Highlander has been outfitted with some new cutting-edge tech. The latest model year offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, you also have the option to upgrade to a MASSIVE 12.3-inch infotainment center in the luxurious, amenity filled Platinum trim. The new model also features three USB ports up front, two USB ports in the second row, a digital rear-view mirror, and several optional comfort features, including heated second-row seating.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander comes with the choice between two fantastic engines to power your journeys. The first option is a 3.5-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The figures are impressive, boasting 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, it is equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system, which will deliver an estimated 21/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined. On the other hand, there is the hybrid engine that integrates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and a CVT to make a net 240 hp. Initially, the hybrid will only be offered with front-wheel drive as an effort to lower cost and optimize fuel efficiency, which is a staggering 6.7 L/100km – in an 8 passenger SUV! Talk about a wow factor!
Two decades of excellence, and the wait is finally over! The 2020 Toyota Highlander is a jack of all trades that has been intelligently designed and available for plenty of upgrades and customization options. Start your journey in the new Highlander and we at Kelowna Toyota want to help you make it happen. Visit us at 1200 Leathead Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 2K4 or give our expert Sales Staff a call at (250)-491-2475 today.