The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is a Fuel-Efficient Alternative to a Minivan

If you have a family, the Toyota Highlander ranks one of the best choices for families who need more space. The SUV also comes in a Hybrid edition for those who priorities fuel economy.

Driving the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

The 2020 Highlander Hybrid is an electrified SUV that delivers a smooth drive. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine uses two electric motors to generate 243-hp.

The non-hybrid version is relatively faster, but both versions are quick and smooth. We prefer the All-wheel drive (AWD), but you also have the option to get the front-wheel. Both come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVAT).

You’ll like the Highlander for its flow fuel usage at 36 mpg and the way it handles rough roads. If you prefer the AWD option, the rating will fall by one notch. For a midsize SUV, these ratings are excellent.

Toyota redesigned the Highlander for 2020. You can save some money by shopping for the 2018 version but make sure to check the carfax report on carsimulcast.com for $4.99. If you prefer a more luxurious feel, then 2020 is the one to buy. The standard is fabric upholstery, but available upgrades include faux and genuine leather.

Cabin comforts

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid with leather | Toyota
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid with leather | Toyota

You can fit up to eight people, so long road trips will be comfortable. The second row comes with Latch and single tether connectors to secure child car seats. The third-row will also have the available tether connectors.

The Highlander hybrid is not only comfortable but spacious. According to U.S. News, the ultimate drawback is the third-row is a bit cramped. The third-row is excellent for children. Luckily the cargo space has sufficient space.

Available tech

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior | Toyota
2020 Toyota Highlander Interior | Toyota

Some standard features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Another great option is Amazon Alexa. You’ll enjoy the HD Radio and can log in to the WiFi hotspot if you need to. The 8-inch touchscreen entertainment system will keep you well-connected on the road.

Toyota made sure the highlander hybrid comes with automatic emergency braking. The advance safety features stretch out to pedestrian detection and hands-free parallel parking to make sure everyone near you is safe.

Pricing

You can buy a Highlander Hybrid for about $38K. The non-hybrid version is a little less.