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The latest generation (2020-present) underwent another redesign, increasing in size and continuing to seat up to eight people. The exterior design became more sculpted, though not radically different from its predecessor. The base four-cylinder engine was replaced by a standard 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, and a new, more efficient hybrid drivetrain was introduced. Interior technology upgrades included a 12.3-inch dashboard touchscreen and standard smartphone connectivity. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite became standard, enhancing the vehicle's active safety and driver-assistance features.
The third generation (2014-2019) saw a shift towards more adventurous styling and improved functionality. This redesign brought more responsive handling, though it fell short of being truly engaging to drive. Interior noise levels increased slightly compared to its predecessor, and the ride at low speeds was less isolated. The popular 3.5-liter V6 engine was retained, now paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the hybrid model continued to offer improved fuel efficiency. The second-row seating was akin to that in minivans, utilizing the increased length, but the third row remained suitable primarily for children. Notably, 2017 models introduced standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, along with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The second generation (2008-2013) represented a substantial redesign, with the Highlander growing in size and adopting a more refined look, closer to that of a mid-sized car-based SUV rather than a station wagon. Its ride was comfortable, isolating occupants from bumps, and the interior was notably quiet. The 3.5-liter V6 engine provided spirited performance, and a four-cylinder variant was also available. This generation introduced a more efficient hybrid model in 2011, improving fuel economy significantly. The interior controls were simple and user-friendly, with higher trims including standard backup cameras and stability control.
The first generation (2001-2007) introduced the Highlander as a mid-sized SUV, slightly more spacious and affordable than its Lexus RX sibling. Initially designed as a four-door, five-passenger SUV, it later offered an optional third-row seat from 2004. Available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with a choice between V6 and four-cylinder engines, this generation emphasized comfort with a quiet, roomy interior, easy access, and excellent outward visibility. 2006 saw the introduction of a hybrid version, which offered quicker acceleration and improved fuel efficiency.