Toyota corrects some of its milder sins of the past for the 2020 model year. The new Highlander comes with the latest safety and smartphone conveniences standard, while pricey models land just shy of Lexus territory.

We give the 2020 Highlander an 8 for its standard features, its value in lower trims, and for its infotainment system.

The $35,720 Highlander L offers standard power features, a power driver seat, keyless ignition, LED headlights, three-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All-wheel drive costs $1,600 on the L, LE, and XLE.

The $37,920 Highlander LE adds a power liftgate, blind-spot monitors, fog lights, and leather around the steering wheels and shift knobs. It’s our choice for value. The 

$40,720 Highlander XLE adds a power passenger seat, front heated seats, a power moonroof, and roof rails. 

For those who can’t live without more, the $44,720 Highlander Limited gets cooled front seats, JBL speakers, navigation, 20-inch wheels, and a few other features. The $47,970 Highlander Platinum tops the gas-powered lineup with a power panoramic moonroof, heated second-row seats, a rearview mirror that doubles as a display for the rearview camera, and a surround-view camera system.

Hybrid Highlanders do not come in L trim, but carry only a $1,400 upcharge, which makes the front-drive $39,320 Highlander Hybrid LE our pick of the lineup, though it isn’t offered with the premium audio and wide 12.3-inch touchscreen offered on higher trims.

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