2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE Canada Review – It is easy to say that its shape will not change too much with the imminent redesign for 2020, as its profile is similar to the current car in general. It will Surely remain a three-row crossover between the 2020 RAV4 and 2020 Sequoia and anchoring the family-oriented end of the Toyota SUV line for those who do not want the stigma associated with the Sienna minivan.
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Toyota Highlander, the mid-sized SUV that was one of the first sports services based on a car-like platform. That Is, unibody construction and an independent rear suspension, which makes it very different from its early-century competitors in terms of comfort on the road, surpassing the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Clearly, a pioneer in itself.
Half a decade later, the Highlander continued its future-looking evolution with the debut of a hybrid version, the first seven-seater hybrid in fact, and one that used the extensive knowledge of the electric motor and Toyota’s battery obtained from its division Prius. Advance to the present, and the hybrid has been a pillar in the Highlander barn since its debut in 2006.
Now, six years, a lifetime, in its third generation, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE has only one update on its counterparts 2018: LED fog lights. Fortunately, in the important redesign of 2013, the square exterior of the second generation was completed in a way that still looks contemporary. Similarly, a 2016 facelift updated the front and rear fascia with redesigned headlights and taillights, helping to hide the age of the current model. However, the interior looks a little tired in relation to the tough competition in the three-row hybrid segment (in particular the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid).
The testimony of Highlander’s appeal is the fact that, despite having spent more than half a decade of its current generation, sales have continued to increase. The photos of the spies make the rounds indicate a completely new model for 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE , and while the outside does not seem to have any radical change, after all, there is much you can do with a medium-sized SUV; A very welcome redesign.
But that’s for the future; In the current hybrid model. Our Tester was the first-line limited edition, one of two hybrid models with all-wheel drive available for 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE (the base hybrid is the XLE, with an initial MSRP of $50.950 and seats for eight compared to the Limited Seven).
As with the first 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE in history and its emphasis on road comfort, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE Limited is an extraordinarily soft and surprisingly agile SUV. The first thanks to the electric steering, the front suspension with McPherson struts and a rear suspension with double control arm with drag arms; The latter was derived from a V6 3.5 litres with an exit just north of 300 hp. Coupled with Toyota’s proven hybrid propulsion system utilizing a high-torque electric motor/generator, the power is shipped to all four wheels through an electronically controlled continuous-variation transmission that further smoothes the road and Acceleration of advances.
Expect an updated version of Toyota’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine to be the main engine; We would not be surprised if the four-cylinder engine of the current base falls. There will Also be a hybrid on the cards, which promises a better fuel economy that is likely to surpass the combined 29 mpg of the current hybrid Highlander. The V-6 Is likely to use an eight-speed automatic transmission with front or total traction, while the hybrid must have a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) and traction on all standard wheels thanks to an electric motor mounted on The back.
All of which makes the fuel economy of this vehicle even more impressive (city 8.1 L/100 km; Highway 8.5). But that’s the point of a hybrid, right? The question is, does your MSRP-$5.000 and the change over the Limited AWD model only for gas equipped similarly-do you justify yourself? I Guess that will depend on where you live in Canada (that is, here in Metro Vancouver you pay the highest fuel prices in the country) and how many kilometres you will cover each year. And, as with all hybrids, if you plan to maintain the vehicle for a long time, your brakes and transmission, on an equal footing, should require less maintenance over time. So there are many things to consider.
What I can say after driving down Lower mainland for a week at the Limited Hybrid is that you will not be disappointed with the utility of this SUV, nor will your passengers be attracted to their respective comfort zones. The two front rows have well-reinforced captain chairs, the driver and front passenger enjoy heated and ventilated seats, centrally heated row seats and the seven passengers perched on first-perforated leather Quality.
Transporting a herd of teenage girls to and from the local ski resort is always a good test for an SUV, and the Highlander Hybrid flew by, although the 60/40 seats in the third row did mean that two of them were well together with the Skis and boards stacked on one side. Fortunately, the four USB on-board receptacles made sure that no one was without the important charge of the smartphone before reaching the slopes. Similarly, the JBL 12-speaker audio System received many comments, as did Sirius radio and panoramic sunroof. We Even tried, albeit inadvertently, the back-door jams protection function when a stray ski was not pushed enough and the remote control Lock button was pressed. Happy not to report any damage to the vehicle or to the ski.
There Are Two reasons to think when considering buying a vehicle in its last year of an outgoing generation. On the positive side, you should take into account that, in the case of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE , six years of errors/problems have been solved and solved in this current model; On the downside, the next fourth generation will mostly be a clean sheet design, meaning an improved interior (one might guess).
That’s so that prospective buyers can get ahead, but what I can say with confidence is that the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE is a very capable, comfortable and efficient medium-sized SUV.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE will debut this spring and go on sale before the end of 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE . It Probably won’t cost much more than the current car, starting at $32.425.