2020 Toyota Highlander Is Coming For Ford’s All-New Explorer

With Ford having already launched its latest-generation Explorer, it is now Toyota’s turn to bring something new to the mid-size SUV segment, and testing on the all-new Highlander, as you can see, is well under way.

Despite its heavy, and weird-looking camouflage, this prototype isn’t being quite as mysterious as Toyota might have hoped. For instance, we can still see the silhouette of the rear end, as well as that of the front fascia. The 2020 Highlander also appears to have grown in size, compared to the current iteration.

Bigger, more elegant RAV4

After staring at the front end for a while now, we believe that Toyota have applied a similar design language as they have to the 2019 RAV4 crossover, meaning there’s a hexagonal grille hiding somewhere underneath there, as well as fog lamps positioned out wide towards the wheel arch.

The position of the headlights also appears indicative of the RAV4, as do the re-positioned mirrors, which are now on the doors instead of the side windows.

Meanwhile, the distance between the rear wheel arch and the far end of the tailgate is what tells us that the all-new Highlander has grown in size, which will surely make things easier for third-row passengers, regardless of configuration.

As for the rear end design, the outer edges of the taillights are still protruding, like on the current model, although the light cluster design and graphics could be quite different as far as anyone knows.

In terms of on-board tech and power units, we expect Toyota to focus their efforts on modern active safety and connectivity features, making sure the 2020 Highlander doesn’t lose ground to its main rivals. The current model already comes with Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and a Pedestrian Pre-Collision System, among others.

The engine range should include a couple of petrol options, as well as a hybrid power train.

Toyota will probably unveil the new Highlander either by the end of this year or in early 2020.

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Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • FordMopar

    This is the actual body of the new Highlander. Hope it tanks! (Don’t be fooled by my screename- I like other foreign brands! Just currently leasing both)

    • no25

      lol or the fact that you troll on every toyota post because you hate toyota and have nothing better to do. yeah, we’ve all seen you, sweetheart. you’re not fooling anyone.

      • ErnieB

        But, except for the 4Runner, Toyota’s are plain and ugly.. more like plainly ugly.

      • FordMopar

        I love the new Supra! That’s the only car I like from Toyota. The Tacoma TDR in wet sand color is pretty nice looking as well. That’s it.

        • Eythan Aldrich


          • FordMopar

            Duh me! Lol

  • Six_Tymes

    That is some damn funny ass camo. Hey Toyota, leave it just like that, you’ll match those ugly front ends you are now designing.

    • Honda NSX-R

      The camo makes it look like a fuckin hearse

  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    Wrong it’s a new Toyota Kluger.

    • J. P.

      It’s the same vehicle, the Highlander is sold as the Kluger in different markets

  • ErnieB

    No chance it’ll compete with the new RWD explorer.. it looks dated already..lol

    • charlotteharry57

      Except that 1/2 of the US doesn’t want RWD or AWD, so this thing will sell to the 50% that don’t and increase market share. It sells like hotcakes already…

  • dumblikeyou2

    Wagon Queen Family Truckster for sure.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I’m sure it will be the world’s most boring appliance just like the current one is.

    Yawn already.


      The new explorer didn’t impress most Americans with its outdated styling and hideous interior. FACTS

      • david santiago

        mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i think your lying the explorer is the best selling SUV in its segment


          What does the sales have to with reliabilty and quality? Yeah, more people spending more money on the mechanic problems that car has. It might fool your eyes with it’s styling but it’s very unreliable in it’s class. Let see for this years sales if it will go down for 2019. The highlander already surpass the 230k explorer with it’s 240k.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            No it didn’t you silly child. You can’t even put together a sentence.

            Remember the last time your Toyota selling ass said it sold more, and I posted THE EXACT sales figures that proved you wrong? LOL, I do.

            Also, you still are a homophobic and feminist movement hating troll. From your profile:

            ” I slay the LGBTQP community, feminism and many more. “

            You’re a fool and I can’t believe you are allowed here.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Man, i think i hurt this guy too much.

            What does that have to do with Ford and Toyota. You’re such a baby. Keep bringing up the past and move on you moron. Toyota will be way more reliable and better than the explorer.

          • Dylan Wentworth

            Their profile is now set to private. I guess they were ashamed of it.

          • david santiago

            Bullshit. The Ford Explorer finished the sales run with 250,960 sales. The Toyota finished this year with 244,511. You’re lying. The Explorer has routinely outsold the Highlander since 2000 other than year 2008 and 2009 (Obviously due to the Great Recession). Not to mention that you claim this SUV does not resonate with American Consumers while its the best selling??? Sis I’m confused. Stop pulling numbers and lies out of your ass and get off this site.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Actually i subtracted the interceptors sales off the explorer and compared it with the highlanders were the civilians buy. You see, you should start thinking and do your research carefully. Civilians can’t purchase a police mod unless it’s used only. Start using that brain for once and get out of your feelings. And don’t call me a sis, you know well i’m a man. Thank you.

          • david santiago

            Well in that case did you counter fleet sales too?

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            No, of course he didn’t.

    • Dennis Scipio

      Okay, we’ll see about that.

  • Paul

    I like the cardboard looking camo the rigged up for it. If the front is anything like the new RAV4 it will be OK. They need to get over the over-styled kick they’re currently on.


    it’ll be common in the streets much like the current one

  • salamOOn

    highlander = kluger. same car, different market names.

  • salamOOn

    so fiiiinally something better than halogen lights…?


    Maybe its just someones cardboard hotwheels dream?

  • charlotteharry57

    This will probably scoop up all of those snow-belt Explorer owners that don’t want RWD or AWD. Smart on T’s part.
    I was expecting a Passport competitor before this was redone. Guess T doesn’t care about it.

  • no25

    Excited to see this! Toyota usually does well with the Highlander design. If it looks like the Avalon, we’re in trouble, though.


    I will be happy if this Highlander looks more stylish than the Explorer. We already know the Highlander is super reliable than the Explorer

  • Hot Twink

    They can try, but the U625 Explorer will be mechanically superior in every way.

    The transverse front-wheel drive Highlander won’t have the power or torque that the Explorer will have.

    The Explorer’s transfer case based rear-wheel drive biased all-wheel drive system will also be superior to the Highlander’s PTO and RDM based front-wheel drive biased all-wheel drive system.


      Look at how many recalls and complaints ford has with explorer. We all know every gen, the explorer always have mechanical problems

      • Hot Twink

        The current Highlander has its fair share of recalls (over 35) starting with Recall # 02V339000 and ending with # 14V148000.


          Still way more reliable than the Explorer.

          • Hot Twink

            Not hardly.

            The Explorer was introduced in 1991. The Highlander in 2000.

            Considering the 67 recalls spanning from 1991 to today for the Explorer and the 36 recalls the Highlander has racked up in its shorter life span, the Highlander is quickly catching up to the Explorer in the total number of issued recalls by Toyota. That doesn’t bode well for the Highlander’s reputation.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Let me say this again, Ford has way more recalls than Toyota and people would purchase toyota more than buying a ford. Ford is for rental and lease. Thank you.

          • Hot Twink

            Ah, you must be a blind fanboy, well, keep telling yourself that if that’s what helps you sleep at night.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Not a fanboy, just speaking of facts, that’s all. Don’t worry, we know you’re a hardcore ford fanboy. It’s understandable. Like being a conservative, right?

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            Keep selling those Toyotas, you homophobic, woman hating lowlife.

            From your profile:

            ” I slay the LGBTQP community, feminism and many more. “

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Aww look, the moron keeps making stuff up. SMH this guy needs to stop reacting over things. Btw, i don’t sell Toyotas, ford fanboy.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


            Man, you really are pathetic.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            STAY ON TOPIC. The conversation is about cars, not upvote. Once again, you’re trolling me and i’m not. Keep going kid, i want you to troll at me.

          • Hot Twink

            I’m a drivetrain engineer. I don’t have a brand preference. My “brands” are BorgWarner, Dana, Magna Powertrain, GKN Driveline, and so on.

            Keep dreaming kid.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            What does that have to do with Ford and Toyota?

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            And good for you.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            You’ve now upvoted yourself in two comments.

            Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            That’s not even part of the conversation, lackie. STAY ON TOPIC, troll.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    I hope that blacked-out A-pillar won’t make it to production. fingers-crossed

  • songoku64

    Explorer designed for cops
    Highlander designed for families



    • Bullitt2605

      Yeah no families are buying Explorers.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I love it.

  • Kash

    Looks like it’s gonna be a much larger RAV4, this could wind up being quite interesting actually. I’m curious to see what that styling looks like on the larger scale.

  • Maykel

    Didn’t they just facelift it a little over a year ago?

  • Jawohl

    And in typical Toyota style, they go cheap on even the camouflage. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

    • Dylan Wentworth

      It may look cheap but it’s clearly very well engineered. I couldn’t tell what the hell I was looking at. I thought it looked like a Yukon XL. And those door handle flaps are sheer brilliance. The pictures are actually inspiring me to go tape some cardboard pads to my truck to make it look like a giant nepis.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    With those things taped on the side, I honestly thought I was looking at a Yukon XL or Chevy Suburban

  • Dylan Wentworth

    And people wonder why relatively few sites have comments anymore. It’s not Disqus that does the moderating on other sites, it’s those sites that moderate the comments and they usually don’t want to do it or don’t have the staff to do it. So they get rid of comments altogether or migrate to something like facebook comments plugins which few people other than spammers use.
    As for upvotes, they are definitely not a indication of quality. I’ve seen trolls and people who post partisan 1 liners that are popular among like minded partisans get upvoted up into outer space but they are not very intelligent comments nor are they even factual.
    There was a site I was using for a while that had some bad trolls. They ended up removing Disqus comments from their site. They didn’t appear to moderate anything because the racist bigots would get away would posting some really vile stuff and I’d often call them out on it. One of those bigots, who goes by the name of “Jim” contacted me a few months ago wanting to engage with me and I was like, sorry but we have nowhere to comment now because of you. I also told him that generally, when people are so embarrassed and ashamed of their comments, they set their profile to private. I, on the other hand, leave mine wide open so he could see where I was posting anyway. He replied almost like he stepped out of character and costume :

    “I explained why my profile is private. I guess I just meant if there was something in particular that I said that you thought was hateful you could tell me and I could respond. I don’t think I am hateful. You apparently do. I have, on rare occasions, felt bad about something I posted. More often than not, I think it is funny. The responses are really what make my posts enjoyable. Without them I am just talking to myself and hoping people listen!”

    So they think its funny and enjoyable to be a racist bigot bully troll and they feel like they’ve been validated when someone else upvotes them and that just encourages them to do it more.

    It’s sad but true and it’s why we can’t have nice things.

  • Bash

    I’ve always seen this as the only good looking Toyota. Hope they don’t ruin it.

  • Joel Tilson

    Toyota has already put in Android Auto, Apple Car Play amd Amazon Alexa in their Truck lineup in 2020. I certainly hope they do the same for the rest of their cars in 2020.

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