2020 Toyota Highlander: Release Date & New Features

2020 Highlander

The Highlander, Toyota’s best-selling 3-row SUV, is putting on some slick new threads for 2020, and boy is it looking good. Completely redesigned to close out the model’s third generation, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is sleeker, more powerful, and comes with additional standard features, plus a bevy of all-new ones. Rivals beware—America’s most popular large SUV just got more difficult to topple.

Everything you need to know about the redesigned 2020 Highlander sits below.

What’s New for 2020?

Reworked from the ground up, the upcoming Toyota Highlander, available as a 7- or 8-seater, sees plenty of changes over the outgoing SUV:

  • The base Highlander L trim is new, while LE Plus and SE trims have been discontinued.
  • 2020 Highlanders are built on the new TNGA-K platform to improve stability and safety.
  • Design changes include new color options, a thinner grille and headlights, tapered windows, smoother lines, and standard 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Front captain’s chairs come with genuine leather upholstery and ventilation (Limited and Platinum trims).
  • A standard 8.0-inch touchscreen sits higher on the center stack and is larger than the previous model’s 6.1-inch display
  • Platinum trims receive a new 12.3-inch screen, which is the largest in the segment.
  • Newly standard are features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and Waze compatibility.
  • LE models receive a power liftgate; Limited models up the ante with a hands-free power liftgate and interior ambient colored LEDs.
  • XLE trims add a large moonroof.
  • Platinum models come with a heads-up display, an even larger moonroof, and Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan to assist with parking.
  • Replacing the base 4-cylinder engine is a standard 295-hp 3.5L V6 with a Direct Shift 8-speed transmission and Stop/Start.
  • A new-generation hybrid powertrain is standard in all Highlander Hybrid models.
  • Multi-Terrain Select system, with settings for mud, sand, dirt, and rock, is a new option.
  • Its Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel-Drive system, featuring Driveline Disconnect, distributes power more consistently to all four wheels.
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and adds new features like Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.
  • The fourth-gen Highlander is over 2 inches longer and its second-row seat can slide an additional 1.2 inches to improve legroom.

When Will the Highlander Go on Sale?

Highlander Interior

Expect the 2020 Highlander to be available at a Toyota dealer near you sometime in December 2019, and the Highlander Hybrid should be hitting showroom floors in February 2020. To receive updates about the 2020 Highlander release, sign up here or simply contact our Sedalia Toyota dealership at 660-826-5400. When the ’20 Highlander is ready to go, you’ll be among the first to know.

For now, we welcome you to come take a test drive of the current Highlander model. With the new 2020 SUV coming out soon, we have great 2019 Toyota Highlander specials available, as well as deals on many of the newest 2020 Toyota vehicles for sale. You’d be a fool to pass up on offers like 1.9% APR financing. Swing by our Toyota dealership in Sedalia at 3110 West Broadway to speak with our sales team.

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