2020 vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander: What’s the Difference?

July 10th, 2020 by

Toyota Highlander models parked near cabin

Anderson area drivers who are looking for optimal seating and cabin space are undoubtedly considering the Toyota Highlander. There are several editions on the market, the most recent being the 2019 Highlander and 2020 Highlander. Although they have similar features, the 2020 Highlander underwent a complete redesign, with additional features that were unavailable in the 2019 Highlander. SUV shoppers near Pendleton considering both models should explore the differences between 2019 and 2020 Highlander.

2020 vs. 2019 Highlander: Starting Price

The 2019 Highlander offers a lower starting price than the 2020 Highlander, making it more attractive for Albany area buyers on a budget. However, drivers who want the latest features and technology will find the $3,000 price jump well worth the cost.

2020 Highlander Price Per Trim

  • L: Starting at $34,600 MSRP*
  • LE: Starting at $36,800 MSRP*
  • XLE: Starting at $39,600 MSRP*
  • Limited: Starting at $43,650 MSRP*
  • Platinum: Starting at $46,850 MSRP
2019 Highlander Price Per Trim 

  • LE I4: Starting at  $31,830 MSRP*
  • LE V6: Starting at $33,880 MSRP*
  • LE Plus V6: Starting at $36,760 MSRP*
  • XLE V6: Starting at $39,720 MSRP*
  • SE V6: Starting at $40,940 MSRP*
  • Limited V6: Starting at $42,930 MSRP*
  • Limited Platinum V6: Starting at $46,050 MSRP*

2020 vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander: Design

The first thing shoppers will notice about the 2020 Highlander and 2019 Highlander is their exteriors. Toyota redesigned the 2020 Highlander’s body, creating a sportier, more streamlined appearance than the 2019 edition.

As noted above, the 2019 trim levels start at a lower MSRP than the 2020 Highlander. However, more standard features are available on the 2020 Highlander base model, making it worth the extra money.

2020 vs. 2019 Highlander: Interior Dimensions

The Toyota Highlander gives Muncie drivers more to like, with a spacious cabin and cargo area for their belongings and equipment. The 2020 Highlander SUV has slightly more cargo space due to being a few inches longer than the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Here is how their interior dimensions compare:

2020 Toyota Highlander Dimensions

  • 16 cu.ft. of cargo spaces with seats up
  • 84.3 cu.ft. of cargo space with seats down
  • 141.3 cu.ft. passenger volume
2019 Toyota Highlander Dimensions

  • 13.6 cu.ft. of cargo space with seats up
  • 78.6 cu.ft. of cargo space with seats folded down
  • 142.2 cu.ft. passenger volume

2020 Highlander vs. 2019 Highlander: Engine & Performance

Engine performance on the standard models is an area Toyota improved upon in the 2020 iteration of the Highlander SUV. The 2019 standard model has a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, and the 2020 model comes standard with a V-6, which improves the Highlander’s performance and towing capacity significantly.

2020 Highlander Standard Engine:

  • 3.5L V-6 engine
  • 295-hp
  • 263 Ib-ft. of torque
  • EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2019 Highlander Standard Engine:

  • 2.7L 4-Cylinder engine
  • 185-hp
  • 184-Ib-ft. Of torque
  • EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway

2020 vs. 2019 Highlander: Safety & Technology Features

The 2020 model includes updates on all the features Toyota drivers enjoyed in the 2019 Highlander. See below for the features and technology included in the new Toyota Highlander:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Conveniently located USB cords throughout the cabin
  • Available captain chairs
  • Wireless charging station
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Standard 8-inch Toyota Entune 3.0 touchscreen display
  • Available 12.3-inch Toyota Entune 3.0 touchscreen display
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0

Explore the 2020 and 2019 Toyota Highlander at Toyota of Muncie

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*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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