As American automotive consumers increasingly desire eco-friendly vehicles, Toyota continues to meet this demand with its lineup of efficient hybrid models, which includes the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid midsize SUV. Read more to find out about its fuel economy.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Efficiency Ratings
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets an estimated fuel economy of 36 combined mpg. This is an improvement of 24% over the 2019 Highlander Hybrid, which gets an estimated fuel economy of 29 combined mpg. This high-level efficiency can be credited to the 2020 Highlander Hybrid’s revamped hybrid powertrain, which combines two electric motors with a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The engine was made more efficient with its new variable cooling system and a Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system for the intake camshaft.
Efficiency-Enhancing Technologies in the 2020 Highlander Hybrid
Efficiency is also aided by brake regeneration technology, which captures the kinetic energy that’s released when you apply the brakes in the Highlander Hybrid. Additionally, the Highlander Hybrid has a new Predictive Efficient Drive system, which determines the most efficient way to charge the hybrid battery by analyzing the road conditions, traffic conditions, and your daily driving habits. You can also customize your driving experience for the Highlander Hybrid with its selectable drive modes, with settings for ECO, SPORT, and NORMAL, as well as an EV mode, which enables you to drive for short distances using only electric power.
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The 2020 Highlander Hybrid is fun-to-drive, with the hybrid powertrain delivering a total system output of 243 horsepower. The Highlander Hybrid provides respectable acceleration and responsive handling, while the available all-wheel drive system provides excellent traction in adverse weather conditions and when driving over challenging terrains. The Highlander Hybrid also offers many advanced driving assistance technologies, such as Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, and the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection.