The November date lines up with what a dealer friend told me about a month (and what I posted in another thread).This page tracks vehicle shipping data: https://www.merchantsfleet.com/resources/manufacturers-information/#toyota
It lists the 2020 Highlander production startup date as November 29 for the gas and January 31 for the hybrid with a 2-6 week pipeline. It says that "These updates change regularly and were last updated on November 1, 2019."
Switching to a new gen is probably much more complicated than we, the armchair quarterbacks, give them credit for. If you screw up the timing of any portion of the supply chain or the inventory, you could end up with no inventory to sell until the next-gen ramps up (that's volume you're not getting back) or excess inventory that you have to blow out, which depresses demand initially for the next gen.And Toyota's official numbers show the 2019 Highlanders sales down. My guess is it has a lot if not all to do with the 2020 coming soon, and supposedly a better vehicle.
The HIghlander strikes me as more of a utilitarian vehicle. People buy it because it it is comfortable and has a reputation for reliability. It’s right in the middle — not too big, not too small. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive. It‘s not a “cult classic” like the 4Runner (which has enough of a following to support its own fan forum).It's somewhat telling that the 4th gen Highlander is supposedly arriving next month, but there doesn't seem to be much interest here on the forums.
You hit it on the head right there at the end. Toyota has told us nothing since the April press release, and even the more recent discussion in the last few days has been enthusiastic but hasn't revealed anything really new.It's somewhat telling that the 4th gen Highlander is supposedly arriving next month, but there doesn't seem to be much interest here on the forums. ...
There's not a lot for enthusiasts to get excited about at this point, especially, as nobody seems to have driven it, yet.