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The 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum earns a participation trophy

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The fashionable three-row crossover SUV must haul a bevy of individuals in consolation, type, and with the newest know-how. The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander does all these items, however excels at none of them.

Squaring off towards the Hyundai Palisade, Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Dodge Durango, and the Kia Telluride, which was The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2020, the Highlander can fall flat on its droopy face.

With a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10 the 2020 Toyota Highlander pleases with one of the best infotainment system supplied in a Toyota, stable security gear, and comfy seats, however its design is busy, the seats are slim, and the third row is small.

I spent per week with the 2020 Toyota Highlander in prime Platinum trim operating errands, making a Costco run, hauling children, and highway tripping to search out the place it hits and misses. Right here’s what I discovered.

Hti: Comfortable entrance half

The primary two rows of seats had been supportive, comfortable, and featured an upright seating place. The road-trip worthy seats had been firmer, and barely much less fatiguing, than the tender thrones present in a Honda Pilot.

Miss: … however you should be this large to trip

However at 5’10” with a median construct, I felt the seats had been as large as I’d be comfy. Had I been the 240 kilos I used to be after these nice 4 years of school the seats may need felt a bit slim.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Hit: Greatest infotainment but

It’s as if Toyota’s been listening or one thing. The Highlander’s 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment interface is one of the best setup the automaker affords at present, although that isn’t a excessive bar. The display is crisp, clear, and has a excessive decision. The interface is easy-to-use and shames the dated trying tile-based setup discovered within the Honda Pilot. It largely lives in a split-screen area with two features operating directly, resembling Apple CarPlay and the local weather management settings.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Miss: … however it’s nonetheless compromised

Toyota doesn’t distinguish audio controls for navigation and music. The selection finally ends up being instructions screamed at you by Waze or barely listening to your music. So let’s say you’re driving round rocking out to Neil Diamond and also you’re approaching a flip, then Waze interjects as loudly as Diamond, screaming at you to hold a proper. A foolish workaround that folks shouldn’t be required to make use of is to enter Waze’s settings earlier than plugging in a telephone and altering the app’s quantity output. Most autos on sale at present make the audio management particular to the characteristic getting used, in order that the navigation on Waze would stay because it was in your telephone, and the “Candy Caroline” would preserve rocking out primarily based on the automobile’s quantity setting. Within the Highlander, it’s one quantity setting, whatever the supply.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Hit: It’s what’s on the within that counts

The 2020 Highlander options a pretty asymmetrical dashboard that includes slim trim and an air vent on the passenger aspect and controls barely canted in the direction of the driving force with a mixture of supplies and finishes. Its dashboard makes the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas look downright boring. The massive 12.3-inch touchscreen within reason effectively built-in somewhat than trying like a pill that is been slapped upon the dashboard. These in chilly local weather states the place gloves are needed for half the 12 months will admire the knobs, buttons, and management switches.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Miss: … however automobiles aren’t folks

Mother was proper: It’s what’s on the within that counts. That largely applies to folks. As a lot as I need automobiles to be folks, the 2020 Toyota Highlander comes off as a dowdy frump. Within the entrance it droops, as if it’s melting in some spots. That may have been good for Dali, however not Toyota. From straight on, the drooping sides look as if it’s frowning; the rear appears to be like as if the tailgate and fenders are melting away from the taillights, and the flare within the rear door provides it a heavy look from a aspect profile. Its finest angle is the entrance three-quarter view.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Hit: I can see

In an period of thick pillars, small home windows, and security sensor arrays mounted close to the rearview mirror it’s turn out to be laborious to see out of automobiles. The ahead visibility out of the Highlander is terrific. The A-pillars are skinny, the B-pillar don’t impede the driving force’s view whereas turning your head, and the hood line is low. Bonus factors for the scallop within the heart of the hood that mimics what you’ll discover on the mighty Land Cruiser.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Miss: … the place you’re going, not the place you’ve been

Rear visibility is mediocre because of a small rear window and the angle of the D-pillars. The Volkswagen Atlas and Kia Telluride each have bigger rear home windows and supply higher sight traces.

Hit: Room for issues

With household autos it’s not nearly storage, as a result of anybody can create a big cargo maintain. It’s the intelligent storage areas for knick knacks, snacks, and doodads that replicate an automaker’s capability to deal with its clients’ wants. The Highlander had a terrific shelf beneath the local weather controls to stow a smartphone. The entrance heart armrest didn’t elevate up, it slid again to disclose the out there wi-fi smartphone charger. Beneath it, an enormous storage compartment swallowed an electronics case, snack cup, two snack luggage of Goldfish, a fruit pouch, 4 face masks, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, a set of child’s headphones, and there was room to spare.

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum

Miss: Mediocre third row

The third row wasn’t actually fitted to adults, and was considerably of a punishment for youths. The seat backside was low and flat, and as a result of wheelbase of the Highlander the second-row passenger horse traded for legroom and everybody misplaced ultimately. The Atlas, Telluride, Pilot, and Palisade all characteristic extra comfy, usable third-row seats.

At $51,112 the 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum is dear and the competitors is nicer, cheaper, and higher at hauling the household. Like a C pupil it ticks each field anticipated and wanted of a family-oriented three-row crossover SUV with ample storage, first rate consolation, and easy-to-use know-how. But it surely fails to face out, innovate, or lead in a aggressive phase of household haulers.
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2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum V-6
Base worth: $35,720
Worth as examined: $51,112
EPA gasoline financial system: 20/27/23 mpg
The hits: Greatest Toyota infotainment system but, comfy seats (first two rows), good-looking inside, nice storage cubbies
The misses: Mediocre third row, homely exterior, narrowish seats.

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