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The Highlander’s advanced cabin and safety technology, along with three rows of seating which embraces up to eight passengers, helps to make the Highlander a family-friendly crossover vehicle. Longo Toyota, serving the Greater Los Angeles area, enthusiastically awaits the arrival of the new Toyota Highlander Hybrid midsize SUV scheduled for February 2020.

Design and Performance

With new sculpted exterior elements and highlighting a more muscular style, the completely redesigned 2020 Highlander introduces a new aerodynamic body resulting in less wind noise and enhanced stability. The quieter interior is due to the use of new sound-dampening and soundproofing materials. Also, added cargo space and legroom will be provided due to the use of a new platform, which will bring an extra 2.4-inches to the third row.

The LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trims will each be equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to generate 240-hp. Improved fuel efficiency will deliver an EPA-estimated 34 mpg, a nice bump over the current model’s estimated 28 mpg. Also, the new Highlander Hybrid will retain its considerable towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel-drive and Predictive Efficient Drive, to track driving habits, routes, and traffic for efficiency purposes, will be optional.

Technology

The Highlander’s integrated cabin will include an Entune™ Audio infotainment system with a new larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Amazon Alexa, and Waze compatibility, SiriusXM® satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and proximity key entry. Available technology features consist of a 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen, navigation, a 1,200-watt JBL® premium sound system with eleven speakers, wireless charging, and a head-up display.

Safety

Passenger security remains a priority, so the Highlander Hybrid will include the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 driver suite which is comprised of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and newly added lane tracing assist and road sign assist. Also standard are blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, trailer sway control, downhill assist control, an eight-airbag system, and a backup camera. Adaptive self-leveling headlamps, parking support braking, intelligent clearance sonar, and a 360-degree view-around camera are available.

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