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2020 Toyota Highlander

What’s new

  • Fully redesigned for 2020
  • Increased cargo room behind the third row
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay finally added
  • Part of the fourth Highlander generation introduced for 2020

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Good power and response from standard V6 engine
  • Upscale interior materials
  • Increased number of standard and optional safety features
  • Third row is kids-only
  • No seat height adjustment for front passenger
  • Evolutionary cabin design
  • Doesn't feel like a redesign from the ground up
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2020 Toyota Highlander Review

Car shoppers have more choices than ever for a three-row midsize SUV. But don't forget about one of the crossovers that started it all. The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander steps back into the mix with key changes that uphold its spot as a solid pick in the class.

The new Highlander is slightly longer than its predecessor, and that extra room increases the cargo space behind the third-row seat. Last year's Highlander could only hold 13.8 cubic feet of gear behind the third row — one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. The extra room increases the 2020 Highlander's carrying capacity to 16 cubes, which is more competitive though still far off from leaders in the segment.

On the inside, Toyota has noticeably improved the quality of the cabin materials. There is also a standard 8-inch touchscreen or a new 12.3-inch display on top-line Platinum trims. Perhaps even more important, both support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration this year. In the previous Highlander, you had to rely on Toyota's underwhelming Entune system to fully connect your smartphone.

Mechanically, there's not a whole lot that's different. The biggest change is that the Highlander base trim is no longer stuck with an underpowered four-cylinder engine — the standard engine across the 2020 Highlander range is the same 295-horsepower V6 available in prior years. On the road, the Highlander rides smoothly on a variety of road surfaces, even in a trim with 20-inch wheels, and has no problem getting up to highway speed when loaded with passengers and cargo.

Our main concern is that the 2020 Toyota Highlander, while thoroughly competent, doesn't raise the bar in any meaningful way. That leaves the door open for two newcomers, the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, to potentially woo you over with their bigger interiors and luxury-like designs. Honda's Pilot and VW's Atlas remain smart picks as well. Overall, we think the Highlander is worth considering, but you'll definitely want to check out the competition.

Which Highlander does Edmunds recommend?

We'd opt to save some cash and choose the LE. After all, every Highlander now comes with a V6 engine, advanced safety equipment, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The LE also adds a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, LED foglights, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. That's a lot of value baked into an affordable three-row SUV, as long as you don't mind cloth seats.

Toyota Highlander models

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover with up to eight seats. There are five trim levels to choose from: L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum. All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (295 hp, 263 lb-ft of torque) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. There is also a Highlander Hybrid, which is reviewed separately.

The base L trim comes pretty well equipped for a base trim. You get Toyota's bundle of advanced driver safety aids (Safety Sense 2.0) plus LED headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Upgrades in the LE trim include blind-spot monitoring, a power liftgate and LED foglights. It also offers some additional multimedia functions and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Stepping up to the XLE brings a variety of amenities, such as a sunroof, roof rails, second-row captain's chairs, heated front seats with more adjustability, simulated leather upholstery, and a bigger driver information display.

Looking for more? The Limited gains 20-inch wheels, integrated navigation, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a premium JBL audio system among other features. The range-topping Highlander Platinum's upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a surround-view camera system, a digital rearview mirror and a driver's head-up display.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

5 star reviews: 52%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 17%
2 star reviews: 7%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 3.9 stars based on 29 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, 2020 Toyota highlander
Mike miller,
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

Lots of nice upgrades from last year ride and interior upgrade but one huge mistake driver seat dose not adjust well in height and they have taken away the leg extensions in that were in the limited

4 out of 5 stars, "Some Adjustment Needed"
Bill,
Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

Test drove the 2020 Limited. V-6 engine was responsive and ride was very quiet. Very good standard technology and driving safety packages. Interior had quality materials and good fit and finish. Second row captains chair seats are comfortable with plenty of room behind first row, third row seats useless except for small children which you would want in second row. Big disappointment was drivers seat height adjustment; you better be 5'4" or above to have clear visibility over steering wheel and dash. Also, passenger seat has NO height adjustment; passengers 6'3" or above will be at or close to the ceiling. Except for the lack of adequate front seat height adjustments, I loved the car.

4 out of 5 stars, Platinum is a high tech improvement over the Edge
TDub,
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

I traded in my 2018 Ford Edge Sport (now rebadged as the ST) for the 2020 Platinum. You may think this is an odd comparison but the MSRP's of the two vehicles are about the same. What I loved about my Edge: (1) super powerful and fast (2) Steers and handles pretty well (2) pretty roomy in both passenger and cargo space for its compact size (4) a good sounding stereo, (5) pretty quiet inside. The Highlander has these advantages: (1) Even though the engine is less powerful, the power delivery is smoother and transmission shifts are smoother. (2) The ride is more compliant without being floaty so you don't feel the bumps as much. It even smoothly goes over road humps. (3) The technology is great: (a) impressive 360 degree camera views (b) camera view from rear view mirror (c) a great heads up display (4) Really roomy in the front and second row seas (captains chairs). (5) Very comfortable front seats with much longer thigh supports. (6) Great headlights which are much brighter and more effective than the Edge's. (7) More cargo room with all the seats folded. (8) The Highlander's steering is better. It is a lot easier to keep it in a straight line without a lot of adjustments. (8) The interior fit and finish is far superior. Everything feels like higher quality than the Edge which has too many hard touch plastics. There were some things that were better in the Edge: (1) The Edge is a lot faster, 0 to 60 in about 5.5 seconds versus about 7.5 seconds for the Highlander (2) interior lighting is more abundant with selectable ambient lighting colors (3) The stereo sounds better. The Highlander has an upgraded JBL system with 1100 watts but doesn't sound impressive as the Edge system. Mine was the Sony system. (4) The Edge is quieter. Maybe because it has active noise cancellation. There is noticeable wind noise coming from the mirrors of the Highlander. Overall, the noise level is still low, just not as low as the Edge. I was a little surprised because the Edge has a lot bigger tires (21 inch, 265 width versus 20 inch 245 width in the Highlander). (4) The Edge has electric tilt and telescoping steering wheel which can be saved with the seating position. The Highlander has manual adjustments even in the Platinum trim. (5) The Edge's seats are electrically folded while the Highlander's must be folded manually. (6) The Edge's lane keeping system vibrates the steering wheel instead of beeping like the Highlanders', so it is less irritating. (7) Looks are subjective, but the Edge in Sport trim looks sexier. In general, the Highlander feels like a more premium and modern vehicle on the inside and has a more comfortable ride and seats. It also has some killer features like 360 degree camera, camera view from the rear view mirror, and heads up display, and traffic sign recognition. The Edge is better at straight ahead speed, looks good on the outside, has better acoustics, and has a few features lacking in the Highlander such as electric tilt and telescoping steering wheel with saveable positions. Oddly enough even though the Highlander is about 6 inches longer, it feels smaller in driving dynamics. If you have to pay the same price, the Highlander is a much better value. However, Edge's are heavily discounted (15 to 20%) while Highlanders usually sell close to MSRP, which means in general that even though the list prices are similar, Highlanders will sell for quite a bit higher price. Highlanders are also more reliable and have much resale value, are roomier, and have higher quality.

2 out of 5 stars, Small driver seat and Less Font Leg Room
BNA,
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

Aside from all the new Technology that the 2020 Highlander brings, the 2019 is much more spacious for the driver. I am 6 foot tall and I do not feel comfortable at all in the 2020 highlander. Especially for longer drives and road trips. The front seat is also made smaller from the sides from a protruding door handle that is unnecessarly taking much space and from the middle console that take more space from the driver seat. Multiple shoppers commented on the same issue, and I thouhgt initially it was not true, till I sat in it. A Camry or Avalon has more space for the driver and more leg room than the 2020 highlander, that just doesnt make any sense !!! After review of interior dimentions, I found that the front leg room was reduced about 4 inches in the 2020 highlander compared to the 2019 one, and being at my hight, I bought the 2019. I feel like Toyota will be losing a lot of customers if this driver front seat issue is not fixed next year. I was luck to find a new 2019 sitll around. I love Toyota, and always drove toyota, but this 2020 driver space and front leg room issue was a definite disappointment. BNA 973-573-1774

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2020 Toyota Highlander Review — Release Date, Price, Interior and More

2020 Toyota Highlander Review — Release Date, Price, Interior and More

MARK TAKAHASHI: The mid-sized three row SUV has become the go-to choice for growing families. There can be only one top pick, though, and for the last two years that's been the Kia Telluride. There's a new challenger, though, and it's this, the all new 2020 Toyota Highlander. The last time the Highlander was redesigned was 2014, and back then it shot to the top of its class only to be replaced just a few years later by newer competitors. This time around, though, the Highlander adopts some new style that's been brought over by some of the pickup trucks. We've seen it played out with a RAV4, and personally, I'm a fan. I like the angular trapezoidal grille. It gives a little more aggression and a little more chunkiness that I think is missing from a lot of other SUVs in its class. Unfortunately, around the side I do have some complaints. In terms of the Highlander silhouette, it's really not too much different here from any other three row midsize SUV. One thing I don't like, though, is this weird character line that starts here, continues up, and swoops over the back wheels. It's kind of this weird unnecessary styling flourish that they've also used on the Supra. Me it almost seems like they had a bin full of these, they just didn't know what to do with them. It adds some visual weight that I think, quite frankly, is unnecessary. But styling is subjective. You may be OK with it. And it might also look better in darker colors. Under the hood of the Highlander is a 295 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 that's made into an 8 speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. All wheel drive is available as an option. There's also a four-cylinder hybrid version that has 243 horsepower and returns an impressive 35 miles per gallon. This V6 all wheel drive platinum, however, turns in a respectable 23 miles per gallon. Prices start right around $36,000 and climb to almost $48,000 for this, the top of the line platinum trim. That's a few thousand dollars more than our top ranked Kia Telluride, so let's find out what we get for the money. And it starts gathering speed really well. Doesn't even sound like you're stressing out the engine. And right there, 60. Boom. That's pretty impressive. I think Toyota did well to go with the V6, and the traditional automatic transmission actually has really good pickup. There's almost no delay between the time you stomp on the pedal and you start moving. I don't know how it's going to fare when we track test this because right now in the middle of COVID-19 we've shut down our testing, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's pretty close to the Telluride or even slightly faster. If it's not faster, it certainly feels like that because it has a quicker response to throttle input. The brakes are also just plain easy, and there's really not a lot to say about that. And that's a good thing. Coming to a stop right now. Nice and easy. Easy to just roll up. Come to a really beautiful limo stop. And that's great if you have a bunch of kids sleeping in the back. You don't want to wake them up. Despite its focus on being family friendly, this Highlander is surprisingly good on a curvy road. I'm on one of the curvaceous robes here in Southern California right now, and it takes it with confidence. Way more confidence than I expected. Body roll is really well-managed. There's no kind of shuddering back and forth, and no jostling. It takes the turn, it sets it with no wobbling after. Yes, you can, indeed, have fun driving a Highlander now. And the best part is it didn't sacrifice ride quality in exchange for that. Usually when an SUV can take curves like this, it's going to have a stiffer ride quality, and you're going to sacrifice comfort as a result. That's not the case with the Highlander. It's still really smooth and comfortable over the bumps, and the mid-corner bumps it just glides right over. And some of those bumps will actually upset other vehicles. Well done, Toyota. One thing I'm struck with right now, actually, is forward visibility. This front roof pillar right in front of me is as narrow as I've seen out of any vehicle in a long time. A lot of newer vehicles have really thick roof pillars, and that's for crash standards for rollover protection. In this one, they engineered it to be thinner or at least appear thinner to the driver. That means I don't really have to bob my head back and forth around it to see through sharp left turns. Rear visibility, it's about the same as any other midsize three row SUV. It's not great, but you have a decent enough view. What Toyota did, though, is they added one of these virtual mirrors so that if you have passengers or gear piled up to the roof, you can still see what's behind you. The problem I have with some of these virtual mirrors is there's no depth perception. Knowing that, it's fine if you're on a road trip and you just need to see what's coming up behind you. But if you're trying to maneuver it back into a tight spot, you're better off relying on the camera system, which is actually really good. It's sharp, and it gives a really good distortion-free view all around. And in this top platinum trim, you get the surround view monitor. Also helping with visibility is this has a head up display. So I'm getting speed and navigation prompts right in front of me. I don't have to take my eyes off the road. I'm a big fan of head up displays. As expected of any vehicle today, the Highlander comes off a long list of standard advanced safety features and available driver assistance. On my three-hour evaluation drive of this I rely pretty heavily on adaptive cruise control, and it functions very well. It maintains a really good gap between you and the car in front. And when traffic slows down, it eases into the brakes. It doesn't just hop onto them aggressively at the last second. Likewise when traffic starts flowing again, it eases into the throttle. It doesn't floor it and kind of pin you to the seat. In essence, it drives pretty much like any good driver should. One problem I had with some of these systems, though, is pretty minor, and it's the lane departure warning. It was a little too sensitive. It would send up a few false signals every now and then, and that was more because there's just some faint lines in the roadway that it thought were the painted lines. But it's a problem that a lot of other systems in other vehicles don't have a problem with. The good news is you can just disable it with one button on the steering wheel. You don't have to go searching through menus. And there's also a sensitivity setting for this. And when I took it down to its lower setting of two settings, it stopped giving me a lot of those false alarms. Another thing I'm noticing as I'm driving along is as much as I like the placement and size of this massive touchscreen, it's prone to a lot of reflections, and it's obscuring some of the information on the screen. A lot of the reflections are actually coming from the passenger's seat here, which means that the screen is a little too perpendicular. Other screens are tilted down a little bit just so you don't get a lot of those ancillary reflections. The redesign also significantly improved the Highlander's interior. These front seats are built for comfort. On our three-hour evaluation drive, I really didn't feel any fatigue. In this top Platinum trim, you also get ventilated seats. Most of your elbow touch points and knee touch points are well padded, but there are a few hard plastics that I wasn't really expecting. The dash overall has a pleasing, attractive design. I'm particularly fond of this giant touch screen right in front of me. It's within easy reach and right in my sight line so it reduces distraction while I'm using it. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are standard. This new infotainment system and screen are also pretty sharp. You have the option of doing a split screen layout. So you have your climate control on one side, and you have your audio and navigation on the other. There's also redundant controls for the climate control, which is something I really like. Having to dig through menus just to change the temperature it's kind of a pain. Underneath that big screen is a nice pocket here for your cell phone, and has a built in cord keeper. It's just perfect. Underneath that, another spot for a cell phone. Two large cup holders here, but there is an option for a wireless charging pad. The problem is they put it here underneath the center armrest, and it's blocking access to everything underneath. You have to flip it up and then kind of rummage through because it's not very easy to see inside, either. To me, seems like an afterthought. There's another bin right here just above the glove box. Which is great for the passenger, especially in a long road trip. We tend to run out of personal storage. Right here at your fingertips are a lot of low-level, off road terrain systems. You have things for mud, sand, rock, dirt, and also snow. Hill descent control is also here, along with some sport, normal, and eco drive mode selectors. I do have a few nit picks with the Highlander's interior, and that's related to the abundance of textures and colors. On the top of the dash here we have this cocoa brown kind of faux-leather texture with some kind of light brown stitching, and we have this metallic-looking carbon fiber embossed trim piece here with a chrome strip underneath that. Some light tan leather-looking upholstery underneath that with a kind of grittier texture here for the bin. On the doors we have some harder plastics, and also this kind of weird dark gray wood grain pattern which I'm really not a fan of in any car. But when you put them all together, it's just a little disjointed. It's almost like how you're not supposed to wear polka dots with stripes. It's just too much going on there. Feel like they could have been a little more refined and a little classier with fewer colors or just going with basic black. Here in the second row I have plenty of space, and this driver's seat is set for me. I'm 5 foot 10 and my hair's just barely brushing the head liner. You have some nice vents here for climate control with your separate controls right here in front of you. You also have heated seats with this top trim, and underneath two USB ports and a household power outlet. Materials quality is about the same as it is up front. Your elbows are nicely padded, but there are some hard plastics here or there. You do have some manual sun shades here to keep the sun off your young ones or for just a little more privacy. With these two captain's chairs, there's a decent enough pass-through here for smaller passengers to squeeze through. Here in the third row of seats, it's understandably a lot less accommodating. Wow, I'm really packed in here. But this second row seat is slid all the way back, and that's default position. With the second row seat slid just a little bit forward, I have much more space for my feet and for my knees. There is absolutely no thigh support, though, because this seat cushion's mounted so low to the floor. So my knees are pretty much up in the air with nothing underneath. It's obviously meant for very small passengers and children, or occasional use at that. Which is kind of par for the course for three row mid-sized SUVs. The Telluride does offer much more space back here, though. Another nit pick I have, too, is there's cup holders here, but it's really hard plastic and it's right where your elbow wants to sit. So if I was stuck back here, I'd probably have to roll up a jacket and put it underneath my elbow. There are also no USB charging ports back here. So on a long road trip packed with people they might get bored back here or run out of juice for their devices. When it comes to cargo space, it's a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the Highlander. Behind the third row of seats you have 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity. As you can see, that's not a whole lot, and it's also a little bit narrow. That's 5 cubic feet less than the Kia Telluride, too. And to put that in perspective, 5 cubic feet is about two of these big plastic bins. It's a little more significant than you might think. Once you fold down these rear seats, though, it opens up to about 48.4 cubic feet, giving the Highlander a slight advantage of about two cubic feet over the Telluride. Once you fold down the second row of seats, though, at its maximum capacity, the Telluride regains its advantage by about three cubic feet. In the end, if you're planning to haul a lot of people and a lot of gear, you might want to pay closer attention to the Highlander's cargo capacity. There's no doubt that the 2020 redesign has done wonders for the Toyota Highlander. It's got a good amount of power, it drives great, it's comfortable over long distances, there's a ton of space in the first and second rows, and you get all of the available advanced safety features and driver assistance we've come to expect. It does lose some ground against our top rated Kia Telluride, though. It doesn't have the interior quality and materials that make that Telluride so special. Also, the third row seats are far more cramped, and there's less cargo space behind them. The Highlander definitely deserves a spot in the top three among midsize three row crossovers, though. Which means it's a great competitor against the Honda Pilot. For more information on the Highlander, the Telluride, and the Pilot, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

The new Highlander is slightly longer than its predecessor, and that extra room increases the cargo space behind the third-row seat. Last year's 2019 Toyota Highlander could only hold 13.8 cubic feet of gear behind the third row — one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. The extra room increases the 2020 Toyota Highlander's carrying capacity to 16 cubes, which is more competitive though still far off from leaders in the segment.

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Features & Specs

XLE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
XLE 4dr SUV AWD
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$41,200
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower295 hp @ 6600 rpm
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XLE 4dr SUV features & specs
XLE 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$39,600
MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower295 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Limited 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV AWD
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$45,600
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower295 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Limited 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 8A
MSRP$43,650
MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower295 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Highlander safety features:

Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection
Warns of an approaching vehicle or pedestrian, providing additional braking force or applying the brakes automatically if necessary.
Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Follows the vehicle ahead at a preset distance, with the ability to operate at low speeds or all the way up to 110 mph.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Alerts the driver of possible unintended lane departures and can apply small corrective steering inputs to keep the vehicle in its lane.

Toyota Highlander vs. the competition

Toyota Highlander vs. Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent is a relatively new introduction to the three-row crossover segment. Advantages include standard all-wheel drive and above-average ground clearance to help you better tackle off-road trails. Interior quality and safety equipment are also strong points. But we're less enthusiastic about the Subaru's elevated road noise, tight third row and bumpiness at high speeds.

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Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

Like most Honda crossovers, the Pilot excels at making the driving experience easy. It's big and roomy, so there's plenty of space for people and cargo, and the ride quality is smooth. These two SUVs are evenly matched in a lot of ways, so deciding between them could come down to which brand you prefer or which offers the best deal. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Pilot.

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Toyota Highlander vs. Kia Telluride

The Telluride is our top-ranked three-row crossover, an impressive feat in its first year on the market. It offers a roomy cabin, a smooth ride, and plenty of near-luxury standard features to justify its price. Its interior materials are of a high quality for the affordable end of the segment, and the tight build quality all but eliminates outside noise. Kia also backs up the Telluride with exceptional warranties.

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FAQ
Is the Toyota Highlander a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Highlander both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Highlander gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 29 reviews) You probably care about Toyota Highlander fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Highlander has 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Highlander. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Toyota Highlander?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Toyota Highlander:

  • Fully redesigned for 2020
  • Increased cargo room behind the third row
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay finally added
  • Part of the fourth Highlander generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Toyota Highlander reliable?
To determine whether the Toyota Highlander is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Highlander. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Highlander's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Toyota Highlander a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Toyota Highlander is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Highlander gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 29 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Highlander is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Toyota Highlander?

The least-expensive 2020 Toyota Highlander is the 2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,600.

Other versions include:

  • XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,200
  • XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $39,600
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $45,600
  • Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $43,650
  • Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $48,800
  • L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,600
  • LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,800
  • LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,400
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $46,850
  • L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,200
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What are the different models of Toyota Highlander?
If you're interested in the Toyota Highlander, the next question is, which Highlander model is right for you? Highlander variants include XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Highlander models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Toyota Highlander Overview

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is offered in the following submodels: Highlander SUV. Available styles include XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 Toyota Highlander?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Toyota Highlander and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Highlander 3.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Highlander.

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What's a good price for a New 2020 Toyota Highlander?
2020 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,720. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,450 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,450 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,270.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 7.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 26 2020 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,320. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,601 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,601 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,719.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 113 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,520. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,538 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,538 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,982.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 50 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,345. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,146 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,146 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,199.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2020 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,638. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,190 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,190 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,448.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2020 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,635. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,956 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,956 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,680.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Toyota Highlanders are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Toyota Highlander?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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