Toyota does a variety of issues very nicely, however one of many issues it does finest is midsize. The Highlander has lengthy been with glorious construct high quality, nice reliability and an inexpensive price ticket. That every one appears to be sticking round for the 2020 Highlander, which debuts on the New York Auto Present this week. However Toyota can also be throwing a bunch of tech on the Highlander — one thing it sorely wanted.
A lot of the Highlander’s fancy new tech is feasible as a result of Toyota is shifting the SUV to its TNGA-Ok platform. Ifis wanting like a well-recognized set of letters to you, that is most likely as a result of Toyota has spent the previous couple of years transitioning of unibody automobiles to at least one taste of it or one other.
For 2020, the brand new Highlander will supply two powertrains. The primary is a comparatively commonplace Three.5-liter V6 gasoline engine that makes 295 horsepower and 263 foot-pounds of torque. This engine makes use of Toyota’s D4 twin gasoline injection system which makes use of each direct gasoline injection and multiport gasoline injection (and which we first noticed on the Scion FR-S and twins). This engine, bolted to the usual eight-speed auto is sweet for 22 miles per gallon.née
The place issues get actually fascinating is with the optionally available hybrid drivetrain. Toyota stays the undisputed, and it is actually flexing its muscle tissue there with the brand new Highlander. Somewhat than the Hybrid Synergy Drive that we’re all used to, Toyota is debuting a next-generation system that it calls Predictive Environment friendly Drive.
Predictive Environment friendly Drive is a brilliant hybrid system in that it displays and learns driver habits and compares that with GPS information for upcoming roads to resolve when to finest make the most of the electrical portion of the drivetrain for max effectivity. It is fairly cool, however what’s cooler is that Toyota is claiming that the hybrid Highlander will supply its house owners 34 miles per gallon mixed. That is unreal in a giant SUV and a 17% enhance over the previous-generation hybrid.
The brand new Highlander pulls a few of its styling cues from the lately refreshed RAV4 — and that is not a nasty factor.
Outdoors, the brand new Highlander grows a bit bit (2.36 inches in size, to be exact) however manages to look slimmer than the automotive it replaces. That is principally all the way down to the brand new, extra aggressive styling, which we like. We additionally like that Toyota has labored to make this new design practical, tuning the facet mirrors and even the taillights to scale back wind noise at velocity. For 2020, the Highlander can now be had with its first-ever 20-inch wheels. There’s additionally a singular set solely obtainable as an possibility on the top-level Platinum trim stage.
The Highlander hasn’t given up any floor within the inside room class both. It is nonetheless cavernous sufficient to haul all of your children and their crap round or swallow up a full Ikea-shopping journey’s value of flat-pack furnishings with no complaints.
The Highlander’s L and LE trim ranges function an ordinary second-row bench seat which signifies that, in whole, it will seat eight folks. The XLE and Restricted trim include captain’s chairs within the second row for a complete capability of seven folks, although you may swap them for a bench. The highest-level Platinum trim comes with captain’s chairs in row two, and you’re unable to modify these for a bench as a result of luxurious.
It does not matter which trim stage you select, although, if what you care about is security tech. All 2020 Highlander fashions come commonplace with Toyota’s SafetySense 2.zero ADAS suite. SafetySense 2.zero contains options like computerized emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, lane departure alert with steering help, computerized excessive beams, lane tracing help and street signal help. Different security options that are not a part of SafetySense are optionally available relying in your desired trim stage, and these embrace blind-spot monitoring, parking sonar, and one thing known as parking assist braking.
The inside on the top-tier Platinum trim advantages from a 12.Three-inch touchscreen infotainment system, whereas lesser fashions get an eight-inch unit.
Inside, issues get higher nonetheless. The Platinum trim stage will get a 12.Three-inch touchscreen in its middle console — one of many largest within the phase — and all different fashions get an Eight-inch unit. The newest model of Toyota’s infotainment platform additionally helps Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa as commonplace. It is about time Toyota.
Toyota hasn’t given us any data on anticipated pricing or a possible on-sale date, however we’re betting that the previous can be fairly affordable and the latter can be someday later this yr.