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2020 Best Toyota Cars for the Money

The Toyota 2020 Highlander along with the new fuel-efficient vehicles, the 2021 Mirai and 2021 RAV4 Prime were shown off recently at the Washington Auto Show, held the last week of January.

The Highlander, the best-selling mid-size SUV in America, showcased its fourth-generation model, featuring a bold, distinctive new design with the familiar safety, comfort, and reliability of its predecessors. In addition to that, the second-generation Mirai made its Washington DC debut, highlighting Toyota’s latest effort in hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles, known as FCEVs.

The 2020 Highlander is giving customers exactly what they want – greater capability, comfort and safety. Factor that in with a new bold, yet functional shape stemming from the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K), and you’ve got yourself an SUV that is in high demand.

It offers drivers the choice between a powerful V6 or new-generation hybrid power-train, with the gas version offering an EPA-estimated 23 MPG combined fuel economy and the Hybrid offering a manufacturer-estimated 36 MPG combined fuel economy. For those that like to get away, the Highlander also continues to keep family adventures in mind with a third-row feature.

Available in five grades, the Highlander offers grades ranging from the new L grade along with the LE, XLE, Limited and the top-of-the line Platinum. Those who love their music loud will enjoy the JBL Premium Sound System. It delivers a whopping 1,200 watts of power that makes any music sound like a concert in the car.

Arriving at dealerships this summer will be the Toyota 2021 RAV4 Prime. It’s the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever. Built on the popularity of the RAV4 Hybrid, currently the best-selling hybrid vehicle on the market with sales up 72 percent over last year, the RAV4 Prime amplifies both performance and efficiency, reflecting Toyota’s more than 20 years of hybrid vehicle leadership.

On an interesting note, the RAV4 Prime uses regular-grade gasoline but it doesn’t use much of it. With more powerful motor-generators, a newly developed high-capacity Lithium-Ion battery and a booster converter, the 2021 RAV4 Prime yields an 83-horsepower jump in total system output. Toyota is also projecting being able to go 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

Toyota first began developing fuel cell technology the same time the technology was being developed for hybrid-electrics and unveiled its first fuel cell vehicle with the Mirai’s launch in 2015. It’s now viewed as a premium sedan with cutting-edge design, technology and driving performance.

Despite all the new designs Toyota has come up with, the Automaker still knows that getting a big bang for your buck means a lot to its customers.

For outstanding value, three Toyota vehicles received a 2020 Best Cars for the Money award from U.S. News & World Report during a ceremony held at the Washington Auto Show. The Camry won Best Midsize Car for the Money, the Corolla Hybrid won Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Money and the RAV4 Hybrid won Best Hybrid and Electric SUV for the Money.

2020 was the third year in a row that Camry won the Best Car for the Money award in its class.

U.S. News & World Report executive editor Jaime Page Deaton said it was obvious why the Camry keeps claiming the award.

“The Toyota Camry offers a base model that’s loaded with features, making it a good value the day you buy it,” Deaton said. “It’s fuel economy and low repair costs make it a good value every day that you own it.”