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Buying an SUV is an excellent decision for drivers in and around Tracy, CA for a multitude of reasons, but an SUV’s ability to tow boats, campers, and trailers is certainly high among them. While not as powerful as the 2020 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the 2020 Toyota Highlander can still do some great work as a true towing machine. Let's take a look at this vehicle’s engine specs and how they translate to towing capabilities.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

The 2020 Toyota Highlander comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of producing 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. It also boasts an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. This drivetrain comes on all trim levels, which simplifies any conversation about its power and towing ability.

There is also a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid model that pairs a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine with two high-torque electric motors that generate as much as 243 horsepower. This drivetrain uses a continuously-variable transmission.

Towing Capabilities

When fully equipped for towing, the aforementioned 3.5-liter V6 engine is capable of towing 5,000 pounds, which is more than enough for a small boat or camper. In terms of hauling capacity, the Toyota Highlander SUV can accommodate as much as 1,685 pounds of cargo. On the flip side, the hybrid model can tow up to 3,500 pounds when fully equipped and haul as much as 1,595 pounds of cargo.

If you would like to take a closer look at the 2020 Toyota Highlander, head over to our Toyota dealership at your earliest convenience and get a sense of this power in person. This is one of the best SUVs on the market, and towing capacity is one of the things that makes it that way.
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