2021 Toyota Highlander

  • Overview

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    The Toyota Highlander first debuted in 2001, seating up to 5 people and getting up to 25 miles per gallon. By 2011, the Highlander came with either a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine, and even a hybrid option. The 2011 model came in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It added in rear climate controls and a nicer exterior appeal. While the Highlander has definitely improved in power over the years, its aesthetic appeal has also improved tremendously. Now, the 2021 Toyota Highlander offers a sporty aesthetic, it still offers great fuel economy, and it can seat up to 8 people versus its original 5-seater style. The 2021 Toyota Highlander offers upscale interior and exterior style, seamless performance, impressive safety, and innovative technology in an SUV that can fit the whole family.


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  • Exterior

    A light blue 2021 Toyota Highlander is parked on a street with brick buildings.

    Options for Your Exterior

    The 2021 Toyota Highlander’s exterior is among its most impressive features. While the Highlander used to offer an average SUV exterior, the new model’s body style is much different. Its carved style and twin-tip exhaust paired with its side skirts give it more street appeal. The 2021 Highlander’s 20-inch wheels add height, and you can get it in one of 8 different exterior colors, including Blizzard Pearl, Celestial Silver, Moon Dust, Midnight Black, Ruby Flare Pearl, Opulent Amber, and Blueprint.

    Additionally, the Highlander comes with several different wheel options depending on which trim you choose. The lowest trim is the L, and it comes with 18-inch standard alloy wheels. Higher trims include 20-inch wheels, giving it a heightened look. These wheel options include machined-face alloy wheels, chrome wheels, alloy wheels, and painted alloy wheels. You can also add roof rack rails or black roof rack rails for added aesthetic appeal and storage. The 2021 Toyota Highlander’s rear lower bumper is available in either black finish, dark gray metallic finish, silver finish, or gray metallic finish with chrome lower spoiler trim.

    Exterior Convenience

    The 2021 Toyota Highlander also includes several exterior convenience features. These include the Highlander’s heated power exterior mirrors, which include turn signals, blind spot warning indicators, and folding options. All models come with LED headlights and taillights. As a standard, the high solar energy-absorbing glass comes with all 2021 Highlanders. This Toyota-specific feature helps reduce heat and sun damage, and it helps to protect drivers and passengers from bright sun rays. Overall, the 2021 Toyota Highlander’s exterior is both appealing and convenient.

  • Performance

    A grey 2021 Toyota Highlander is shown from the rear driving through a tunnel.

    When you’re buying a new vehicle, there’s nothing more important than performance. This is good news when it comes to the 2021 Toyota Highlander. You can pick between the standard 3.5L V6 engine, or you can opt for the available Highlander Hybrid and get a 2.5L 1-4.

    Your Standard Highlander

    The standard Highlander with the V6 engine offers an excellent amount of capability and fuel economy. This engine option produces up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the front-wheel drive, you will get an exceptional 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. However, if you get the available all-wheel drive, you will get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. With this engine and the proper configuration, you will also get up to 5,000 lbs of towing capability.

    Your Hybrid Highlander

    It may go without saying, but the hybrid option will get you better fuel economy than the standard Highlander. The 2.5L I-4 engine generates 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. That power translates to 36 MPG city and 35 MPG highway with front-wheel drive or 35 MPG city and 34 MPG highway with the intelligent all-wheel drive. If you're interested in towing, the hybrid model may not be the way to go, as the max towing capacity is a modest 3,500 lbs. Overall, the 2021 Toyota Highlander’s performance is ideal for its class.

  • Safety and Technology

    Two people are in the front seats of a 2021 Toyota Highlander with navigation on the screen.

    Toyota Safety Will Keep You Secure

    If you’re purchasing a new vehicle, you’re probably concerned with safety features. The 2021 Toyota Highlander has plenty of available safety features to offer you. First, let’s look at the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. These driver assist options work through the Highlander’s mirrors. When a vehicle approaches your left side, your left mirror’s blind spot icon will flash, and the same for the right side. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert works similarly but only engages when you’re in reverse. It will monitor vehicles approaching from behind, warning drivers via side mirrors and an audible warning tone.

    Speaking of parking, Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking will detect objects, warning drivers and even automatically stopping the Highlander if the driver neglects to stop. Additionally, the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist will help keep drivers from unintentionally drifting into another lane. The Highlander also comes with a handy Road Sign Assist system that uses an intelligent camera to detect speed limit, stop, Do Not Enter, and yield signs and display the, on the Multi-Information Display so you can always be aware of changing road conditions.

    Classic Safety Features

    There are also several classic safety features on the 2021 Toyota Highlander, including multiple airbags and airbag occupancy sensors, rear child safety locks, and side-impact beams to help prevent damage during crashes. In addition to these standards, electronic stability control and ABS with driveline traction control will help prevent spinouts and sliding. Overall, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is a safe vehicle with multiple available driver-assist technologies to make driving smoother and easier.

    Convenience Is King

    There are several convenience and entertainment features on the 2021 Toyota Highlander that any driver will enjoy. Like most modern vehicles, the 2021 Highlander has power windows with manual sun blinds for added shading. One of the most convenient features for driving, however, is the Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. When driving on the highway, you can activate this cruise control feature to let your car do the accelerating for you. Unlike regular cruise control, this system uses radars to sense and maintain a preset following distance to the vehicle in front of you.

    Additionally, the Highlander includes heated seats with 8-way adjusting for the driver seat and 4-way on the front passenger seat. Further, the Highlander’s digital rearview mirror provides a wider field of view. It does this by using a camera to cover more space, projecting it onto the rearview mirror like an extra monitor. All in all, the Highlander’s technology makes it much more convenient, creating a more relaxing driving experience.

    Entertainment is Key

    Now, let’s get into the fun stuff. If you have kids or frequent passengers, entertainment may be a priority for you. Even if you’re single and you’re purchasing a 2021 Toyota Highlander for your own adventure vehicle, you’ll love its entertainment features. You’ll get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which pairs great with the Highlander’s JBL audio system. The audio system’s 11 speakers produce 1200 watts, providing a clear listening experience for audio streaming.

    If you’re interested in adding subscriptions to your Highlander, the SiriusXM radio subscription comes with 200 ad-free radio channels that include music, podcasting, news, comedy, and much more. Further, the 2021 Toyota Highlander comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and 5 USB charging ports. This makes it much easier to entertain kids or work from your vehicle. For those who like classic charging methods, the Highlander includes two 12-volt charging ports as well. It’s safe to say that the 2021 Toyota Highlander is packed with technology that makes the ride easier and much more entertaining.

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