Is The 2020 Toyota Highlander The New Three-Row SUV Champion?



The new Toyota Highlander is the latest addition to the three-row SUV segment, combining a family-friendly, easy-to-live-with character with a big cabin and modern technologies.

As with almost every modern Toyota, the fourth-generation Highlander has moved on to the company’s TNGA architecture, claiming to be not only safer and more comfortable but also more durable and better-built.

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Kelley Blue Book reviews the new Toyota Highlander in the range-topping Platinum trim, which comes loaded with pretty much everything and features a seven-seat layout with second-row captain’s chairs.

Toyota offers all trim levels of the new Highlander with things like the company’s Safety Sense, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and WiFi connectivity, a three-zone climate control, LED headlights and taillights and privacy glass to name a few.

The test car is powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the optional AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. It produces 295 HP and 263 lb-ft (356 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for the hybrid 2.5-liter model which uses a pair of electric motors for a combined 243 HP and an excellent 36 combined mpg rating.

It’s not hard to imagine the success Toyota is going to enjoy with the new Highlander, taking into consideration the company’s reputation for reliability and good resale values. The competition, which includes models like the Honda Pilot, the Chevrolet Traverse, the Ford Explorer, the Hyundai Palisade, and more, should be worried.