Before the segment ballooned into the force that it is today, the Toyota Highlander was a go-to three-row for most shoppers, offering style, comfort, and capability in spades. But lately, competitors have caught up to the dated Highlander with better-looking, more tech-laden alternatives. So in order to combat these fresh competitors, Toyota took the Highlander back to the drawing board.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander arrives with improved style, extra tech, and more safety, but it still doesn’t feel like enough. Fundamental flaws like limited third-row space, polarizing styling, and a hefty price tag (our Platinum tester costs $51,000) keep the new Toyota Highlander from being a true top-tier option in this hyper-competitive class.