But it does cost more than its Korean rivals.
Earlier this year, the fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid were revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Toyota designed this new Highlander to be more luxurious, more efficient, larger, and more advanced than the model it replaces. We recently had the chance to drive both versions of the new Highlander and our impressions will be coming soon. But Toyota has just revealed pricing and fuel economy information and there's good news - the 2020 Highlander Hybrid is the most efficient eight-passenger vehicle on sale today.
The Highlander will be available in five trim levels including L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. All trim levels of the gas and hybrid models are available with either front- or all-wheel-drive and only the base L trim is unavailable on the hybrid model.
Pricing for the FWD L trim starts at $34,600 or$36,200 for AWD. This makes the Highlander about $3,000 more than its Korean rivals, the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, but it does include a wealth of standard features. Standard Highlander models include a 3.5-liter V6 producing 295 horsepower going out through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Highlander Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 243 hp going out to an eCVT. The base L trim includes Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, auto up/down for all power windows, eight-inch touchscreen display, auto LED headlamps and taillamps with Auto High Beam, and Smart Key entry.
The LE trim starts at $36,800 for FWD or $38,400 for AWD while the hybrid version starts at $38,200 for FWD or $39,800 for AWD. Opting for the LE trim adds a power liftgate, blind-spot monitors, LED fog lamps, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.
The XLE trim adds a 10-way power driver's seat, second-row sunshades, a four-way power front passenger seat, a seven-inch multi-information display, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener, heated front seats, captain's chairs, power moon roof, and SofTex seats. Pricing for the XLE starts at $39,600 for FWD or $41,200 for AWD with hybrid versions starting at $41,000 for FWD or $42,600 for AWD.
The luxurious Limited trim costs $43,650 for FWD, $45,600 for AWD, $45,050 for hybrid FWD, and $47,000 for hybrid AWD. This trim adds a 120V second-row power outlet, 20-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, driver's seat memory, power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, projector puddle lamps, leather-trimmed seats, projector-beam headlamps, wood interior trim, JBL Audio, and navigation.
Finally, the most expensive Platinum trim adds a segment-leading 12.3-inch touchscreen, self-leveling headlamps, digital display rearview mirror, perforated leather seats, a head-up display, heated second-row seats, panoramic moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 360-degree camera. Pricing for the Platinum trim costs $46,850 for FWD and $48,800 for AWD while hybrid models cost $48,250 for FWD and $50,200 for AWD.
Fuel economy for the gasoline model is rated at 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined with FWD or 20/27/23 mpg with AWD. The Highlander Hybrid is by far the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class with ratings of 36/35/36 mpg city/high/combined with FWD and 35-mpg in all three categories with AWD.
The 2020 Highlander may not be the cheapest vehicle in its segment but with these fuel economy figures, it is among the most efficient.