June 22, 2024

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2021 Toyota Highlander Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

There is a new 2021 Toyota Highlander 3-row crossover out there. Probably you’ve witnessed it on the roads, intersections, driveways, parking lots, strip malls, true malls, or any place else with a paved surface area and persons?

The family hauler may perhaps as effectively be regular problem in the suburbs and subdivisions around the region together with an Instant Pot and Nextdoor subscription card. Welcome to the community, here’s your Costco card. 

This yr the Highlander adds an edgier XSE edition that adds a small aggro to its curb appeal—new bumpers, blacked out badges, major 20-inch wheels, and stiffer suspension can do that. 

Assessment carries on beneath

The 2021 Highlander will get a 6.8 for now, before protection is factored in. Once it is, we anticipate that variety to increase. (Study extra about how we level automobiles.)

In addition to the new Highlander XSE, Toyota delivers the 3-row crossover in L, LE, XLE, Restricted, and Platinum configurations. The Highlander Hybrid, which we suggest, is available in each trim except L and XSE. Entrance-wheel push is regular on most versions, and all-wheel push is obtainable on each trim except Restricted and Platinum, exactly where it’s regular. 

The new Highlander breaks some of the more mature versions’ mild awkwardness. The major crossover does not cover its sizing very effectively, but it cuts a extra eye-catching gap in the wind many thanks to a shaplier snout and rising human body line. 

Beneath the hoods of most Highlanders is a 295-horsepower V-6 that drives an 8-pace automatic and the entrance or all four wheels. It is extra entertaining than it has any ideal to be, and the XSE tightens the crossover up extra than the relaxation of the bunch. 

Our choose is the Highlander Hybrid, which makes use of an inline-four and electrical motor to produce 35 mpg mixed, in accordance to the EPA. Which is amazing for a seven- or eight-passenger motor vehicle, and it’s however as entertaining to push.

Driveability isn’t the initially cause to acquire a Highlander, of course—space is. Up to eight can snuggle up inside of the Highlander rather comfortably, and the initially two rows have extra than forty inches of leg home. The third row is greatest for modest children or sometimes, modest adults, and the second row can slide forward a couple of inches based on mood. 

Driving the third row, the Highlander hauls up to 16 cubic feet of cargo, which expands to extra than 84 cubes with the second and third rows folded. 

Each and every Highlander will get automatic unexpected emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control and blind-place monitors. 

In addition to that, even foundation Highlanders get 18-inch wheels, fabric upholstery, an 8.-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility, and seats for up to eight for about $35,000. Best Highlander Platinums crest extra than $fifty,000 but offer 20-inch wheels, premium audio, a twelve.3-inch touchscreen, leather-based upholstery, and extra. They are practically executive limos for twelve-yr olds.