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Old 01-18-2019, 09:21 AM
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Default 2020 Toyota Highlander

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Out there testing, will probably be a major competitor to the new Explorer; The typical Toyota card board camo still hides a lot, though some details show the bolder design language of eh C-HR and new RAV-4 will make it here as well, though likely in a toned down, more elegant approach;

On the technical side, I think it is safe to say that most of the TNGA stuff of the new Camry and Avalon will also be shared with this, so more assist systems, likely - finally- Apple Car play and a selection of NA petrols and Hybrids...
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:52 PM
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Considering how well the Highlander sells now; especially after it's VW-esq 'new model' that is the current generation - this looks to be a home run. Consumers want the image of a 'tough SUV' with the handling and fuel economy of a CUV...the new Rav delivers on that (and I'm really surprised how many I've seen on the road considering they're just getting to market)...so this is a home run.

I really hope that GM, Ford and FCA are paying attention to the fact that Toyota (and probably Honda w/ Passport, despite it's awful look) are now starting to take share from a core segment of theirs....if not paying attention, they'll lose the CUV battle, just like they lost the sedan and small car battle. Next up is trucks....
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Toyota covers it up as if there is something to see. It will be the same fish-mouthed, fussy-styled-yet-dull kind of vehicle like the current one. In no way will it be innovative. And that's the recipe that works for the Camry of larger crossovers.
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:23 PM
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Persistent complaints that the Highlander is short on space especially in the third row might have been taken seriously as this looks longer than the current generation. Perhaps they got jealous of the Ascent.....

Which opens the door for a short two row version like the Passport.

FWIW, Toyota's camo of cardboard works better than any fancy wrap.
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From the little we can see, this already looks vastly better proportioned than the current model (which I find weirdly bloated-looking).

The camo is hysterical.
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Both Toyota and Honda are incapable of styling good looking cars, but Toyota seems somehow to make the ugliness less repulsive. The current Highlander is a very dull vehicle in spite of the fussy touches designed to make it not look dull. It'd take it over a Pilot any day of the week though.
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Which opens the door for a short two row version like the Passport.
Yup; I'd wager this is coming too. Given how long-in-the-tooth the 4Runner and Sequoia are, it wouldn't shock me if they rebranded one of those nameplates to slot in between the RAV4 and Highlander. Obviously fans will cry sacrilege, but I'm not sure that would stop them.
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Has the new Rav4 hit the size of the original Highlander?
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Has the new Rav4 hit the size of the original Highlander?
Basically. They're only an inch apart in wheelbase, the Highlander was about 4" longer, but the RAV4 is slightly wider.

Current RAV4:
Wheelbase - 105.9"
Length - 180.9"
Width - 73"

Original Highlander:
Wheelbase - 106.9"
Length - 184.4"
Width - 71.9"
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The camo is hysterical.
Agreed. I lost it at the door handle cutouts
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