With five regular trim levels to choose from, picking the right Toyota Highlander for your busy lifestyle and specific needs is an important decision. The product experts at Thompson Toyota in Edgewood and near Clayton, Bel Air, and Baltimore, MD, have taken the time to study the key differences between each trim level to help make your choice a little easier.

We'll walk you through what makes each trim unique so that you can better decide on the right one for you. Give us a call if you have any questions along the way.

Highlander Trim Breakdown

To help you find the right mix of advanced tech, interior comforts, and style on your next SUV, the 2020 Toyota Highlander offers the following five trim levels and four hybrid options:

  • Toyota Highlander L
  • Toyota Highland LE
  • Toyota Highlander XLE
  • Toyota Highlander Limited
  • Toyota Highlander Platinum
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander L: Baseline Protection

The Highlander L may be the base trim, but it's anything but basic! Coming standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, this SUV is designed to help you explore the open road with ease.

The features included in this suite of safety systems are:

  • Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Cyclist Detection

To help make your safe ride even more enjoyable, this baseline Highlander is armed with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 295 horsepower.

2020 Toyota Highlander LE: Added Cabin Style

Those who enjoy head-turning style will appreciate the additional cabin comforts of the Highlander LE. The inside of this SUV is outfitted with a leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, which not only enhance your grip on the wheel, but also delight the eyes.

As you enjoy the stylish interior, you'll have safe lane changes with the assistance of a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. It lets you know when another vehicle is traveling in your side blind zones so that you can have a safe ride.

In addition to these features, the exterior is given an upgrade with the following features:

  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection
  • LED fog lights

2020 Toyota Highlander XLE: Premium Interior Comfort

The Highlander XLE offers upgraded comfort and connectivity features to ensure everyone on board stays relaxed and entertained, no matter how long the commute.

A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support provides an array of seating positions to help you choose the one with the greatest support. These seats are also finished with a SofTex® trim and feature heating so that you and your front passenger will journey around in total comfort.

Some tech upgrades you'll find in this trim level include:

  • 7-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

2020 Toyota Highlander Limited: Head-Turning Style at Every Angle

The moment you step into the driver's seat of the Highlander Limited, you'll be greeted by leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats designed to delight the eye. Ambient interior lighting then illuminates every key feature while a faux wood door trim and ornamental dash trim further enhance the vehicle's style.

Comfort is also a top priority in the Limited with a heated steering wheel that helps keep your hands warm on chilly winter mornings. Ventilation is also added to the front seats to cool you down after hours spent running around with the kids in the summer sun.

Entertainment is given an upgrade in the Limited, as well, with the following features:

  • Premium Audio system with Dynamic Navigation
  • JBL® with Clari-Fi® sound system

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum: Advanced Tech Features

If you're looking for top-of-the-line luxury and cutting-edge technology, the Highlander Platinum is fully loaded with premium features.

When navigating in and out of tight parking spaces, a Bird's Eye View Camera comes to your aid. It provides a comprehensive view of your surroundings so that you can monitor how close you are to obstacles.

A Head-Up Display keeps you more alerted by projecting essential information onto the windshield ahead of you. With your current driving speed, equipped safety system warnings, and navigational instructions right in your line of view, you'll be able to keep your eye on the ever-changing road ahead.

Other tech features found in this trim level include:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trim Levels

In addition to the previous trim levels, the Highlander offers a selection of hybrid trims:

  • Hybrid LE
  • Hybrid XLE
  • Hybrid Limited
  • Hybrid Platinum

These 2020 Toyota Highlander trim levels share the same features as their namesakes with the addition of a 2.5-liter hybrid engine. In addition to delivering 243 combined net horsepower, this system earns an EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway MPG for uninterrupted rides around town.*

Test Drive Your Favorite 2020 Toyota Highlander Today

Are you excited to experience the 2020 Toyota Highlander for yourself? Find your favorite model in our online inventory, then schedule a test drive at Thompson Toyota.

You can also stop by our showroom to meet with a member of our team to discuss which features you're most interested in. We'll take the time to get to know you and match you to the best trim level for your specific needs.

To ensure our friends near Edgewood, Clayton, Bel Air, and Baltimore, Maryland, are making a well-informed final decision, we'll also take you for a test drive. Stop on by today to get started!


*2020 preliminary MPG estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.