2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Not only is the Toyota Highlander one of the most capable models in its class on the automaker’s roster, but it is also one of the charter members of the incredibly popular crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry. For the upcoming model year, Toyota has completely redesigned the Highlander in several very important ways to make it even more competitive in a very densely-packed class. A comparison between the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander will definitely help potential buyers see these changes in the proper context. Not only has the 2020 Highlander been given a bolder exterior, but other important upgrades have made it markedly more competitive than the 2019 model. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2020 Highlander today by calling, 203-403-6890.
There are two chief differences between the 2020 Highlander and its 2019 predecessor, technology and physical size. The 2020 Toyota Highlander will arrive at the Colonial Toyota showroom as the most technologically-advanced version the automaker has ever produced. Every available trim grade will be outfitted with the latest version of the automaker’s smartphone-compatible infotainment system. Future owners of the 2020 Highlander will be able to connect to the Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ suites of applications. This is a very recent development for Toyota vehicles, and it is not available with the 2019 Highlander. Additionally, the 2020 version of the Toyota crossover SUV will be compatible with the Waze traffic-tracking app and Amazon Alexa.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2019 Toyota Highlander

3.5-L, V-6 Standard Engine 2.7-L, 4-Cyl.
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 185/184
73.3 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.2 cu.-ft.
8 Passengers Max. Seating Capacity 8 Passengers

Performance Specs, Cargo/Passenger Space

The 2020 Toyota Highlander also has a pretty different performance profile than its 2019 model. For the new model year, the 2020 Highlander will be exclusively powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will make 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Only the 2020 Highlander Hybrid will feature the four-cylinder engine. The 2019 Highlander was available with a four-cylinder engine or a similar V-6.

It is important to note the change in physical size between the 2020 and 2019 models of the Toyota Highlander. The previous version is available with a bit more cargo volume. However, the 2020 Highlander will offer 73.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume, which is still one of the largest in its class. Both versions of the Highlander can have a seven- or eight-passenger seating capacity, depending on which trim is chosen.

A front right quarter photo of the 2020 Highlander in a photo studio.
A rear right quarter photo of the 2020 Toyota Highlander in a photo studio.
A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Highlander.
A photo of the maximum available cargo volume in the 2020 Highlander.