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First Look at 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited with Pictures

Toyota is rolling out its all-new 2020 Highlander beginning December. Get your first look at 2020 Highlander Hybrid Limited complete with photos.

Today was a surprising day. It was surprising in that I did not expect to get my first look at the all-new redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander.

You see, I was invited to attend the Toyota e-volution event this week, where Toyota is discussing the latest in Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Based on the vehicles I saw and upcoming ones I learned about, to put it mildly it is an exciting time to be a fan of the Toyota brand.

I have seen and tested the entire lineup of Toyota Hybrid cars and SUVs this week. I have also witnessed a few surprises I am not allowed to talk about quite yet. However, when I laid eyes on the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited in Ruby Flare Pearl color in person for the first time, I knew I had seen the highlight of my week.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Ruby Flare Pearl front end

If I had to shorten my description into just four words, you might hear me tell you all, “You will love it.”

2020 Highlander Hybrid Limited Exterior Styling

When a popular vehicle gets completely redesigned, there will often be two polar-opposite consumer opinions. There are those people who love the new styling immediately, and those still loyal to the previous generation and will not have a favorable opinion at first. As a matter of fact, feel free to read the comments section in the video I am posting here. You will see what I mean.

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I saw this same natural phenomenon with the 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid. There were those who just did not care for the rugged and sporty new exterior styling – at least at first. Now this model is setting sales records all over the place.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Ruby Flare Pearl back end

Same goes with the 2020 Highlander. You will find a bold exterior profile with a sleek-but-pronounced front end. It reminds me of 2019 RAV4 in a way. Sleek flowing lines. Bright 20-inch chrome alloy wheels. It screams luxury and prestige. The cornerstone piece of the front end is a gloss black three-dimensional grille with chrome accents. It was a nice surprise to find a complete LED lighting package – headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights.

Safety is becoming more and more important due to more traffic and drivers who are unfortunately more distracted than ever before. Toyota has added Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 to all trim levels of 2020 Highlander. In addition to traditional TSS features, expect standard Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist with this active safety package.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited front seats beige leatherWhat engine can we expect with 2020 Highlander?

Highlander Hybrid will utilize a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine working in combination with two electric motors, providing drivers with 240 net Hybrid horsepower. I also learned this week that for the first time, Highlander Hybrid will be offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. This may be a game changer folks.

The gasoline version 2020 Highlander will be available solely as a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 295 horsepower.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of performance is with an anticipated 34 mpg combined with the 2020 Highlander Hybrid. This is a 17% increase in expected fuel efficiency versus last year’s 2019 model.

Highlander Interior styling is impressive

Refined. Modern. Futuristic. These are all words I could use to describe Highlander Hybrid Limited’s interior styling.
The center column is highlighted with dual temperature controls with both heated and ventilated cooled front seat controls. Oh, and there is also that giant multimedia touch screen that will assist you in coordinating Dynamic Navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The display is modern yet luxurious.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited interior styling

I really like Highlander's revised smart storage shelf under the display screen. It should provide an easy way to store your cell phones and allow for charging without cords getting too much in the way.

Also catching my eye was the 7-inch multi-information display behind the steering wheel. Other features of note were heated leather steering wheel, Bird’s Eye view camera and push button start.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited interior multimedia touch screen

Center console is actually easy to open this year and looks classy (last generation’s center console was surprisingly challenging for many passengers to figure out how to initially open).

Time for your thoughts on 2020 Highlander

Although the specific model I researched was a working prototype (interior styling) and not the actual finished product, I could see the care that went into this overhaul.

Currently I cannot think of one single thing I did not like about 2020 Highlander Hybrid Limited. Even though I was pleased with the look of it, I do feel the gloss black front grille may take a little getting used to for some consumers.

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Ruby Flare Pearl front grille

The exterior is immediately eye-catching. It feels like a confident mix of luxury, prestige and also sportiness.

What do you think about the many changes coming to 2020 Highlander? Do you plan on seeing them in person when they come out later this year?

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Steven Moshlak (not verified)    October 10, 2019 - 7:48PM

I purposely bought the 2019 version, because of the drop of horsepower, in the 2020. I have had a four cylinder engine hybrid, and even though the mpg is less, on the '19, I still prefer this model, over the 2020, for my purposes.

I love my Highlander Hybrid!

Michael (not verified)    October 10, 2019 - 8:40PM

Will the bench seats be available on the limited hybrid trim?

Al R (not verified)    October 11, 2019 - 3:51PM

The Mitsubishi Outlander gets 74 mpge. Its a true hybrid. You can run any either gas or electric mode. And if you only have short daily trips, you hardly use any gas at all. You can go 22 on a charge without using the gasoline engine. Can you run the Highlander in electric mode only? I don't think so.

C-Dubs (not verified)    October 12, 2019 - 6:06PM

In reply to by Al R (not verified)

True about the Outlander but that’s an unfair comparison, since it’s a PHEV, this is a Hybrid. You can only get the 22 Electric Miles if you plug it in. Not to mention, the Outlander looks kinda... outlandish IMO.

mob (not verified)    November 20, 2019 - 1:55PM

In reply to by Al R (not verified)

Lets see. The thing is ugly. No proven reliability in my mind. They ALREADY have battery problems. It uses Lithium Ion batteries which are shit in Canada and cold climates. Garbage resale. The battery only mode can only get 30km (real world) on electric only mode.

The highlander destroys it in every aspect except price. It also outsells the mitsu 10:1. Mitsu will be out of business in 5-10 years.

Mark MacIntyre (not verified)    October 12, 2019 - 7:43AM

Too bad Toyota intentionally underpowered the Hybrid to achieve the MPG target, instead of re-engineering the V-6. Presumably, at least you won’t have to remove the top third of the motor to get at all the spark plugs!

Ed B (not verified)    October 15, 2019 - 9:18AM

I can live with the drop in HP, what I have a problem with is the reduced AWD capability from the 2019 system. The 2020 electric motor system with not be as effective in places where heavier snow is an issue.