The all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander has accustomed abundance of absorption afterwards its admission at this year’s New York Auto Show. Aback the fourth bearing of the three-row crossover SUV goes on auction in December, it will face appalling antagonism in anatomy of the redesigned Ford Explorer as able-bodied as articulation mainstays including the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse and Kia Sorento, amid others.
Let’s dive into the numbers and see how the redesigned Highlander endless up with some of the segment’s finest and best accepted vehicles.
At first, the Highlander will be accessible abandoned with a aftereffect 3.5-liter V6 agent featuring the aforementioned horsepower, torque and towing abstracts as aftermost year’s model. The eight-speed automated manual is additionally carryover. By February of abutting year, the Highlander Amalgam will be rolling into dealerships with a powertrain abundant altered than the 2019 Highlander Hybrid.
Instead of absorbing a V6 agent up to 306 horsepower, the new four-cylinder Highlander Amalgam will accept to assignment with 66 beneath ponies. However, because the amalgam is now the abject powertrain, accepted application is up by 55, authoritative the Toyota abundant added aggressive with the segment’s added abject powertrains.
Merging electrons with four-cylinder avarice agency decidedly bigger efficiency. Toyota estimates the 2020 Highlander Amalgam will get 34 afar per gallon combined, a abundant 5-mpg advance over aftermost year. The best able versions of the added (gas only) midsize crossovers listed actuality boilerplate 23 mpg combined, so the actuality that the Highlander Amalgam ability exhausted that boilerplate by 11 mpg should allure abeyant buyers. Ford has yet to absolution ammunition abridgement specs for its new Explorer Hybrid, which goes on auction this summer, but V6 ability could put its abstracts added in band with the 2019 Highlander Hybrid.
At this aboriginal stage, Toyota hasn’t said accurately whether the Highlander Amalgam will use a continuously capricious transmission. But from how Toyota has declared it so far, the manual sounds agnate in abstraction to the CVT actuality acclimated in the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, so it’s apparently safe to accept the Highlander Amalgam will absorb this blazon of transmission, as well.
Toyota has yet to adduce a tow appraisement for the hybrid, but if the abate 2019 RAV4 Amalgam can tow 1,750 pounds, its big brother should be able to cull at atomic that much.
The 2020 Highlander comes accepted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an 8-inch touchscreen, additional accessory radio and in-car Wi-Fi. Accessible appearance accommodate anchored navigation, a 12.3-inch touchscreen and an 11-speaker, 1,200-watt JBL exceptional audio system.
Like the Highlander, the 2020 Ford Explorer additionally comes able-bodied able with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi. The Honda Pilot isn’t about as acceptable with accepted tech, area all you get is a 5-inch LCD (in fairness, best buyers acquirement college trim levels, which accept added commensurable affection sets). Things attending up afresh with Chevy’s Traverse. It comes accepted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch touchscreen, as able-bodied as Wi-Fi.
Don’t accept the discount-priced Kia Sorento is this comparison’s cabin-tech administration slacker. The Kia comes appealing well-equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch touchscreen.
When it comes to avant-garde driver-assistance features, the Highlander shines with its accepted Toyota Assurance Sense apartment of features. Appearance accommodate automated emergency braking with banal detection, lane-keep assist, cartage assurance recognition, automated aerial beams and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic active appear able on all but the abject trim, while a 360-degree camera is accepted on the top Highlander Platinum.
The 2020 Ford Explorer looks to be able-bodied equipped, too, with accepted pedestrian-detecting automated emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot ecology with rear cross-traffic active and automated aerial beams. There’s alike a self-washing rearview camera in case you dust it up while accomplishing some ablaze off-roading — or, added than likely, during albino or wet weather.
The Honda Pilot’s accepted driver-assistance tech is abundant added absolute than its berth tech. With the Honda, you get automated emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise ascendancy and automated aerial beams. The Traverse and Sorrento, on the added hand? Diddly squat. If you appetite disciplinarian abetment on those SUVs, you’re activity to accept to pay extra.
Last year, the Highlander offered midpack burden room. This year, the Toyota offers less-than-midpack burden space. With the third row folded, the 2020 archetypal is bottomward a brace cubes compared with the 2019 model, but aback you bend the additional and third rows, the new Highlander offers 10 cubic anxiety beneath amplitude than its predecessor.
Toyota has yet to absolution allowance and legroom stats for its new Highlander, so let’s achievement the decreased burden amplitude specs aloft aren’t a bad augury for the redesigned SUV.
Last year, the Highlander shined with its aloft advanced legroom, but all the way in back, its third-row allowance came in aftermost abode adjoin the antagonism listed below. To add insult to injury, the 2019 Highlander’s third-row legroom was an awkward 27.7 cubic feet. Hopefully Toyota has abstruse its assignment from the antecedent generation.
Last year you couldn’t get a Highlander abject aloft $50,000. It’s absurd you’ll be able to beat a $50,000 trim-level amount on the 2020 archetypal either. That’s at atomic partially because aftermost year’s Amalgam Limited with Platinum Package acclimated a added big-ticket V6 engine. This year’s amalgam uses four-cylinder power, while the V6 advantage stands alone. Those changes should advice the Highlander accumulate its amount aggressive rather than acceptable listed through the blast like the upscale-leaning Ford Explorer Platinum, which starts at aloof shy of $60,000.
Speaking of the Explorer, Ford will advertise the Explorer Hybrid’s appraisement soon, but for now, it’s safe to accept its amount will hover about the 2019 Highlander Hybrid’s $38,265 abject price.
According to this account of the tape, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is absolutely added aggressive than before. The amalgam model’s ammunition abridgement should be a decidedly acute draw. Updated infotainment and a advantageous apartment of driver-assistance appearance abiding aren’t activity to hurt, either, admitting abbreviated amplitude might.
Now, all that’s larboard is for us to booty the new 2020 Toyota Highlander for a spin, so accumulate it bound actuality on Roadshow for our accessible first-drive review.
Originally appear April 17.Update, April 18: Adds ammunition abridgement allegory chart.
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