2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD Review – Doubling Sales is a scary challenge, but we suspect Toyota will have no trouble reaching its goals for the new 2020 Highlander Hybrid. Reimagined the new fourth-generation three-row SUV, the Highlander Hybrid cuts the cylinder volume from six to four, and at the same time turns the curiosity of the family plane to complain to environmentalists as well as people simply trying to save money.
As with almost all hybrid available today, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries a price premium over the standard engine. Toyota has simplified the math: If you want a hybrid, it’s your 1400 more for each FWD and AWD model LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trim. With the “just” 243 connected-system horse power on the new hybrid, it’s down 63 hp from the 2019 model. But Here’s the thing about the family-oriented three-row hybrid crossovers: Almost Nobody cares about that reduction in power.
Being on the road, the 2020 Highlander Hybrid seems responsive and richly powerful, up to a point. Around the city, the 2.5 liter I-4-based drivetrain and its CVT are always there to give the answer you need, even if it feels like it runs out of juice towards the end of the highway onramp. Everywhere else the Highlander gets the job done.
Those who caught the Highlander in the standard engine get the 295-hp V-6 as the previous-generation model. The Turbo-Less engine is known for offering smooth-and-Toyota’s engineering team pointed out-a relatively linear power predictable response every time. The Eight-speed automatic, more delicate among us, can feel a bit of a head toss gear gear-it’s nothing unusual for conventional automatic transmissions.
Then again, head-nait is not something you feel like a hybrid model. In contrast, the disadvantages of the 2020 Highlander hybrid start from the engine noise from the 2.5 liter I-4. Although It is not as bad as we have experienced Toyota RAV4s, which use a version of the same engine, we would still like the engine to be a little quieter. At least in the models we drive, we also sense the more aggressive paybrake system in the FWD model than the AWD model – although the meter readings may vary depending on the production models that are being driven by the dealer. In the FWD model, this means that when the brake and accelerator pedals are lifted, the car starts to slow down faster.
As we mentioned in our review of the full 2020 Toyota Highlander line-read it here, we would also like to see the car manufacturer do a better job of gamifying a hybrid driving experience through the extraordinary instrument cluster and infotainment screen For more information about the current drive. Most people just run the Highlander Hybrid as a normal car, and it was during this kind of driving that we found the Suv’S most wonderful surprise.
The Highlander Hybrids drove our featured brakes with an excellent feel for the hybrid. Sometimes hybrid cars and SUVs stop abruptly at the end of the pedal travel, but it was not the case of Toyotas we drove. The brake-feel and compromise of the interior used to be two primary reasons to avoid hybrids, but these excuses do not apply to this Toyota. The hybrid has the same interior space as the V-6 model, and if you notice how tall the floor is on the third line – or how little space there is – it applies to all 2020 Highlanders and a few competitors.
Toyota expects the EPA-rated fuel economy into a 36/35 mpg city/highway with 2020 Highlander LE hybrid FWD and AWD formats, 36/35 mpg FWD hybrids with higher decorations, and a 35/34 mpg AWD hybrids higher cut. It’s an impressive nearly 200 inch SUV even before considering the V-6’s 20-21/27-29 mpg fuel economy. Keeping in mind the Hybrid’s $1400 Price premium, it won’t take many years to earn that money back. If your mileage comes anywhere near those in the mid 30 estimates above, you are also looking at the 1000 mile ride distance for visits to the petrol station. Nice.
Currently, the three-line hybrid mode is rugged. Nissan no longer sells hybridized Pathfinder, Honda can one day sell Pilot hybrid, and the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in is much smaller than Toyota. This leaves Ford Explorer, which takes a performance first approach to its V-6 engine, a 318 combined system with HP, higher price, and lower fuel economy.
But you don’t need 300 plus horsepower, do you? If this describes you, try the 2020 Highlander Hybrid before you run out of the Highlander V-6. While I prefer to drive Kia Telluride-MotorTrend in the 2020 SUV of the year than the six-cylinder Highlander, the excellent Kia lacks a hybrid option and offers only a mid-pack fuel economy. With a price premium of only 1400 and better fuel economy than before, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is worth a look.