2020 Toyota Highlander Road Test - Consumer Reports
The redesigned, fourth-generation Highlander looks, feels, and drives in a very familiar way. It benefits from incremental improvements across the board and remains competitive in the three-row midsize SUV class. All told, it’s a smart choice for families looking for a do-it-all vehicle—but it is not a standout. The smooth running, lively V6 engine serves up lots of power for passing or climbing hills.
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Toyota Highlander Road Test

The redesigned, fourth-generation Highlander looks, feels, and drives in a very familiar way. It benefits from incremental improvements across the board and remains competitive in the three-row midsize SUV class. All told, it’s a smart choice for families looking for a do-it-all vehicle—but it is not a standout.

The smooth running, lively V6 engine serves up lots of power for passing or climbing hills. It’s paired with a responsive, smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid version feels less powerful but gets an impressive 35 mpg overall. 

The Highlander’s ride is compliant and controlled. Handling is slightly more agile, and a touch more capable when pushed to its limits. The soft suspension allowed pronounced body roll when driving the Toyota on our track and through our accident-avoidance maneuver. Any Highlander customer that was happy with the old Highlander’s dynamics will be happy with the new one.

Best Version to Get
Buyers first have to decide if they want the V6 or the much more fuel-efficient hybrid version. The next decision is between seven- or an eight-passenger seating. The former has a second-row bench, the latter has captain’s chairs.  At a minimum, shoppers should consider the XLE trim; those who wan...
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