When it comes to mid-size 3-row family haulers… few names come to mind quicker than the Toyota Highlander. 2020 marks the 4-th generation… with a more expressive design plus added dimensions with a 2.4-inch longer wheelbase and overall length.

When introduced in 2001… the Highlander veered away from competitors riding on a full-frame truck chassis, by relying on a car-style unibody. That elevated roominess and ride which proved a hit. 

This new Highlander has a new rigid platform shared with other volume Toyotas… that adds to the solid, safe, and secure feeling we’ve come to expect.

No more standard 4-cylinder. The base 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 moves this family-friendly utility with ease… while an 8-speed automatic shifts smoothly. A new-generation hybrid powertrain pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors and a CVT… for a total system output of 243-horsepower and what Toyota estimates is now 36 MPG Combined. Both powertrains provided plenty of pull off the line during our drive in San Antonio. At speed the Highlander offers the comfortable no-nonsense stability that family’s desire. Front and All-wheel drive are now available with both engines. 

The quiet cabin gets an upgrade as well with a more premium look…a large touch screen dominates the center dash…plus more soft touch materials.

Safety remains a top priority. Second-generation Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard with new features like Lane Tracing Assist. Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Alexa In-Car come with all models.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander has been among the 3-row midsize crossovers known for setting the benchmark… now it once again is the one to beat. On sale now starting at $34,600 with the hybrid beginning at $38,200.


  • Price: Starting at $34,600
  • Horsepower: 295 / 243 (hybrid)
  • Engine: 3.5 liter / 2.5 liter (hybrid)