The arms race in the three-rowsegmentshows no sign of cooling, with redesigned vehicles coming from established players likeFord , as well as new entries from Hyundai and Kia . But if the idea of a rear-drive platform worries you or if you prefer a vehicle owned by a well-established supplier of familiar large road haulers, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Redesign Debut is here.
Begun at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the fourth-generation Toyota Highlander is like a fusion of everything we’ve seen from the Japanese giant in recent years.
The platform that underlies it is another member of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) family called TNGA-K. The Highlander shares the basics of this modular platform with everything from the compact Corolla baby sedan to the newly remodeled RAV4, Camry and Avalon. Toyota designed the platform so that the latest Highlander system continues to offer drivers the choice between a naturally aspirated V6 or a gasoline-electric hybrid. That said, the Highlander has not yet reached the milestone of plug-in electrification. Toyota has designed the platform so that the same powertrain is identical to that of the current car. V6 sucked or hybrid gas-electricity. That said, the Highlander is not yet making the jump to electrification by plug-in.
The standard 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower and 263 pounds of torque. This is not surprising, as is the available towing index of £ 5,000, as all figures are in line with Highlander 2019.
The Highlander Hybrid gives rise to a familiar pairing … for a Camry or Avalon. While the outgoing Highlander Hybrid is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors, the 2020 model drops to a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, reducing total system horsepower. from 306 to 240 HP. The benefit is improved efficiency, although the 17% increase in fuel consumption of the 2020 model (from 28 km / gallon combined to 34 cumulative) can not offset the 22% decline in fuel efficiency. power. That said, Toyota has found a way to offer the Highlander Hybrid front-wheel drive or AWD, rather than a full-wheel drive. This should at least bring down the price of the electrified CUV.
These powertrain modifications are hiding under a revised body that softens the aggressive lines of the RAV4 and adds a more streamlined style to the Avalon. That said, the overall look is far more evolutionary than other recent Toyota refits. While the designers have happily removed the grille razor blade, if you do not like the look of the current Highlander, you probably will not be crazy about the design of the new. Ditto inside, which is even more the current design of the crossover, even if we are more happy with this decision: the current cabin of the Highlander is really beautiful.