2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Design, Specs, Release Date

The next generation of the popular Highlander is currently under the development, and it will hit the market as the 2020 model year. There is also a hybrid model so today we will talk about the upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. This time, it will slightly grow in size which will improve interior room and it will feature a more aggressive exterior design.

Powertrain and performance of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The new 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will return with the familiar hybrid unit beneath its hood which also powers the current model. And this powertrain combines a 3.5-liter V-6 unit with two electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery of 45 kWh. This engine will be able to deliver up to 306 horses and will be mated to a continuously variable transmission. Like before, it will come with the all-wheel drive configuration as standard.

When it comes to fuel consumption, it will differ depending on a trim level. So, the LE model will be rated at 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models will get 29 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The exterior and interior design of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

 The carmaker has announced a redesign for its Highlander SUV, so the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is expected to receive some major changes this time. First of all, it should arrive with slightly larger dimensions which make the interior space a bit larger, especially for the third row passengers.

As for the exterior design, the new Highlander should feature a more aggressive design with the same muscular and handsome look. The front end will continue to wear the same massive grille which should be slightly revised and the same angular headlamps.

The SE model will feature dark finished to the wheels, headlights, tail lamps, and grille as before. The 18-inchers are standard as before while the higher trim levels will get the larger 19-inch wheels. As well, except the base, all the other models will feature a power-operated tailgate.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid rear

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will come standard with three rows of seats and will be able to place up to seven or eight passengers. So, the second row is available with the bench or either captain’s chairs which reduces the seating for seven passengers. The third row will now provide more room because of the slightly larger dimensions. With all seats up, there is a room of 14 cubes and the maximum space is up to 83 cubic feet with the first and the second row folded down.


The standard model will be equipped with tinted windows, 18-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment, Bluetooth, power driver’s seat, cloth seats, turn signal mirrors, and a 4.2-inch LED screen in the gauge cluster. The higher trims will add leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, a surround view camera, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, a JBL audio system, cooled front seats, and so on.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid cabin

Release date and price

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be presented to the world in the second half of 2019. The price is not yet known, but it could get slightly higher than the price of the current model which begins at $32,000 while the hybrid is around $38,000.

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