We’ve been talking a lot about the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander over the past several days since it made its official debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new Highlander is stunning, and we’ve actually been given a ton of information about it. So, why not dive into everything we know to give you a better idea of what the redesigned midsize crossover will offer when it arrives later this year? That’s why today we’re going to look into performance & efficiency, two of the most pertinent details in any crossover.
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The first of only two powertrain options shoppers will be able to choose from is a 3.5L V6 engine tethered to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission. These things together deliver impressive performance, centered on the crossover’s 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Other technologies and features enhancing the vehicle’s performance include things like Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence and the drive system, of which there are three choices. A front-wheel drive system comes standard, but you can also choose to upgrade to a traditional all-wheel drive system on L, LE and XLE models or a Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Drive Mode Select and Driveline Disconnect on Limited and Platinum trims. The conventional gas engine achieves 22 miles per gallon combined.
As for the Highlander Hybrid, it’s powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine tethered two a pair of electric motors. The powertrain is equipped with additional technologies such as multiple Variable Valve Timing systems. Combined, the powertrain enables the Highlander Hybrid to generate 240 horsepower while still achieving 34 mpg combined. Performance is further improved by features like its own unique all-wheel drive system and selectable drive modes like NORMAL, ECO and SPORT.
If you think you’ll be interested in either a 2020 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid, be sure to stay glued to our blog and give us a call to let us know you’re intrigued.