I recently wrote a Torque News story detailing the compelling reasons to choose the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs a gas-powered 2020 Highlander. Hybrids offer 50 percent better fuel efficiency, up to 36 mpg combined, when compared to a gasoline-powered Highlander. Also, the 2020 Highlander Hybrid is an excellent value, with a price increase of only $1,400 to forgo gasoline only and go with hybrid. Finally, the 2020 Highlander Hybrid is available this year in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
However, many people will choose to buy a 2020 Highlander gasoline trim level as opposed to a Highlander Hybrid. Here are some key reasons they might pick gas.
Towing capacity advantage for 2020 Highlander
Often a Toyota Highlander is purchased by families who love the open road. This is an excellent road trip vehicle since it is smooth, quiet and comfortable both on city streets and on the highway during long vacations.
With this usage comes the need to bring along a trailer, a boat or a camper. This is where towing capacity comes into play.
A gas model 2020 Highlander has the higher tow capacity here and is rated at 5,000 pounds. The 2020 Highlander Hybrid has a solid tow rating, but is slightly less at 3,500 pounds.
2020 Toyota Highlander horsepower gas vs hybrid
One of the main philosophical differences between a gasoline and a hybrid 2020 Highlander is each model’s engine and the power it produces.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid utilizes a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors to maximize your efficiency with driving styles, power and fuel ratings. This is matched with an electronically controlled CVT (continuously variable transmission). Most people will probably find the 243 total hybrid horsepower to be more than sufficient for their overall needs, especially when factoring in their savings at the gas pump.
The most vehicle power will come with the purchase of a gasoline-powered 2020 Toyota Highlander. All of these vehicles will offer a 3.5-liter V6 engine partnered with a direct shift 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. This produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. torque.
I’ll take “2020 Toyota Highlander Pricing” for $1,400 please Alex
How appropriate that the value of this category is $1,400. This is the amount you will pay extra to upgrade to a 2020 Highlander Hybrid in contrast to 2020 Highlander gas.
Feel free to follow this link for my recent Torque News story detailing all pricing for the 2020 Highlander models. You may find it helpful in your research.
I find it incredibly enticing to find such a minimal price difference between gas and hybrid Highlanders. So appealing, in fact, that I recommend everyone in the market test drive both the gas and hybrid versions to see what you like best. As I said before, the gap in pricing is so small that the hybrid is worth a second look.
YOU MAY ENJOY: Watch as I give pricing for all 2020 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid trim levels.
However, if finding the lowest possible price is extremely important in your search criteria, I would suggest going with a gas model Toyota Highlander.
You may even want to stretch your research out further over a ten year period, since the gas savings over time should more than account for that additional up-front $1,400.
I will be curious to see what you choose.
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