2020 Toyota Highlander  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#42 of 2020 SUVs

#68 of all 2020 vehicles


The Highlander, part of Toyota's lineup since 2001, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 8. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Toyota Highlander has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Toyota offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Toyota Highlander has a score of 83, implying a 0.039% chance of driver death (3.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Toyota Highlander has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0387% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.4201%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0387% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.4201% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is 19% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is 8% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Toyota's Safety Sense can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD). Some safety features are optional on the 2020 Toyota Highlander--- although they add to the cost, one should consider the benefits of Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) and Blind Spot Monitor.

Another vehicle feature may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Toyota Highlander. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9773Nissan PathfinderNissan MuranoToyota HighlanderGMC AcadiaFord EscapeMazda CX-9Ford ExplorerSubaru AscentKia TellurideHyundai PalisadeV. Atlas Cross SportFord EdgeComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Toyota Highlander with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 97. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is safer than the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Nissan Murano and less safe than the 2020 Ford Edge, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, the 2020 Kia Telluride, the 2020 Subaru Ascent, the 2020 Ford Explorer, and the 2020 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2020 GMC Acadia and the 2020 Ford Escape.

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