The new Highlander is on the way. But, can this SUV finally get a hybrid version? Experts are pretty confident about it. The next TRD Pro squad of Toyota’s vehicle added Sequoia to its lineup. Highlander was one of the options. So, it is not becoming an off-road monster, but a fuel- and environmental-friendlier vehicle. With such an approach, we are sure the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will have success right from the start.
This SUV will share the destiny with the new Sienna MPV. Both vehicles are getting a hybrid model based on the existing petrol unit. That is a 3.5-liter V6. Besides that, the new Highlander will get a redesign, so the vehicle for 2020 comes with a completely new look. Also, Toyota added Android Auto to its Entune system recently. Now, the offer is complete, since Apple CarPlay came a year earlier. Furthermore, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid could also get some advanced self-driving features. All in all, this is going to be the vehicle worth of waiting.
The new 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be able to burst over 300 hp from a V6 engine. Its base version is using a turbo-four engine that produces 250 hp and offers respectable fuel economy. But, the hybrid SUV will put up some serious MPG numbers. According to sources, tests are showing the new Highlander is ready to return 34 mpg combined. It has similar gas mileage for city and highway drive. Well, the base model now comes with the front-wheel drive setup. That is one of the reasons why the SUV is fuel-friendlier.
Exterior and Interior Upgrades
The new Highlander is more aesthetic as well. That will help with mpg rating as well. However, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is using some tech tweaks and details to improve the airflow and come to a better fuel economy. The SUV is unique assemble of pieces borrowed from new Supra, Camry, and a few other models. It uses the TNGA-K platform to underpin the entire design. So, all in all, the Hybrid variant will get some special upgrades to make it different from the base vehicle.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs Rav4 Hybrid
Rav4 Hybrid is the new electrified crossover SUV in the lineup. Toyota is a leader in this segment, and that is what its lineup is showing. The new Rav4 is using a four-cylinder engine, so we can expect even better numbers than for the 2020 Highlander Hybrid. It is also lighter, and the latest information is saying the compact crossover could get the PHEV variant. Some far-fetched stories are even predicting all-electric Rav4. Its larger stablemate will remain the hybrid only, and that is the main difference in 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs Rav4 hybrid future.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Will be Cheaper the Before
Yes, you read it right. By adding the front-wheel drive, Toyota will cut the cost of the next Highlander Hybrid. The SUV was available with an AWD setup only. But now, the new model is going to cost less than before. We expect a discount of around $1.500 and the starting price of $36,000. The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum is the most expensive trim level which costs $50,000. We will have a complete pricing list in February. The company announced the sales of a Hybrid SUV will start then. The standard model will be available earlier.