2021 Toyota Highlander Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 Toyota Highlander Model Overview at Germain Toyota of Columbus

Toyota Highlander

Key Features

  • Starting at $35,985 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-Liter V6 engine (295-horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque) with Direct Shift-8AT 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and available Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD
  • Standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM®, Waze, and Amazon Alexa Compatibility
  • TNGA-K Platform with Enhanced Driving Refinement
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5)
  • Sculpted exterior shape with chiseled lines and a more confident stance
  • Available with 7- or 8-Passenger Seating
  • Optional Largest in Segment 12.3-inch Multimedia Display

About the Toyota Highlander

Now in its fourth generation, the Toyota Highlander returns with a bold look along with enhanced safety, connectivity, and versatility. Back in 2001, the original Highlander redefined the family midsize SUV segment and the current model continues the tradition. Its exterior combines the commanding presence of an SUV with sophisticated design details to elevate it above its competitors. A new TNGA-K Platform allows the Highlander to deliver greater capability, comfort, and safety. Drivers will have their choice of six distinct trim levels, making it simple to find the Highlander that’s best suited to your lifestyle and family. A collection of advanced connectivity and comfort options help the whole crew relax and unwind on the way to your destination. Cutting-edge driver-assistive safety features help place the Highlander among the safest vehicles in its class, providing peace of mind and confidence. If you’re searching for an SUV that the whole family can agree on, look no further than the Toyota Highlander.


What the Critics Say

Based on the Platinum model we sampled, the new Highlander has a good ride and handling balance, well-sorted transmission that adds refinement to the driving experience, and thoughtful interior details and soft-touch surfaces. This new Highlander has an edge in vehicle dynamics over the recent rivals that makes it more satisfying to drive.” — Consumer Reports
Flying along the freeway or commuting in the city, the 2021 Toyota Highlander feels impressively smooth and stable. With 295 horsepower, the standard V6 engine has noticeably more verve than comparable rivals.” — Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2021

There are a handful of key updates and additions to the Toyota Highlander lineup for 2021. First, a new Highlander XSE model makes its debut with a sportier exterior look along with 20-inch wheels, a firmer suspension, and an optional torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. All 2021 Highlander models now include standard LED headlights as well. Finally, every Highlander receives the new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5) system as standard.


Toyota Highlander Features

Toyota Highlander Styling

Bold Styling

Strong, athletic, and composed – the Toyota Highlander offers a look that’s bolder than ever before. Thanks to its TNGA-K Platform featuring high-strength steel construction, the Highlander is stronger than its predecessor and rides smoother thanks to a front strut and rear multi-link suspension. Attention to aerodynamics influenced the new design which has resulted in reduced wind noise and greater vehicle stability. Chiseled character lines and flowing shapes strike the perfect balance between refinement and capability. At the front, dynamic LED headlights provide a striking complement to the front fascia. For the first time ever on the Toyota Highlander, drivers will be able to opt for available 20-inch alloy wheels.

Luxurious Interior

Step inside the redesigned interior of the Toyota Highlander and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a collection of connectivity and comfort features. Offering your choice of seating for either 7 or 8 passengers, the Highlander is available with heated and ventilated front seats along with heated second-row seats for passengers. Open the optional Panoramic Moonroof to enjoy a wide-open view of the sky along with fresh air. Positioned in the center of the split-level dashboard, the stunning available 12.3-inch Multimedia Display is the largest in its class. This innovative system serves as your centralized location for standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM®, Waze, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Eliminate unnecessary clutter from cables and wires with available Qi wireless charging located in the center console along with plenty of storage spaces and USB charging ports.

Toyota Highlander Interior
Toyota Highlander Blind Spot Monitoring System

Groundbreaking Safety

For the ultimate peace of mind on the road, every Toyota Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5) — a collection of groundbreaking safety innovations. Features included in this suite are Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and Road Sign Assist (RSA). Additionally, every Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Connect and a 1-year trial subscription, helping you get assistance even when you’re miles away from home. Available on Highlander Limited and standard on Highlander Platinum, the Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan offers a live rotating 360-degree view around the vehicle.


Trims & Specs

Highlander L

Highlander L

  • Starting at $35,985 MSRP*
  • 3.5-Liter V6 engine (295-horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque) with Direct Shift-8AT 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5
  • Auto LED headlamps with Auto High Beam
  • Multimedia with 8-inch touchscreen display
  • 3-zone automatic climate control

Highlander LE

Highlander LE

  • Starting at $38,185 MSRP*
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Power Liftgate
  • Smart Key System
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM®, Waze, and Amazon Alexa Compatibility

Highlander XLE

Highlander XLE

  • Starting at $40,985 MSRP*
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats and door trim with heated front seats
  • Power tilt and slide moon roof
  • Qi-Compatible Wireless Charging
  • Second Row Captain’s Chairs
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener

Highlander XSE

Highlander XSE

  • Starting at $42,580 MSRP*
  • Aggressive Mesh Front Grille with Sporty Front Bumper and Lower Spoiler
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Twin-Tip Exhaust
  • Dynamic Torque-Vectoring AWD
  • Heated Front Seats

Highlander Limited

Highlander Limited

  • Starting at $44,940 MSRP*
  • Perforated leather trimmed seats in Beige, Gray, or Black with heated/ventilated front seats
  • JBL® Audio System and Embedded Navigation System
  • 20-inch Limited style alloy wheels
  • “Highlander” projector puddle lamps
  • Hand’s-free power liftgate

Highlander Platinum

Highlander Platinum

  • Starting at $48,140 MSRP*
  • Segment-leading 12.3-inch multimedia head unit
  • Adaptive, self-leveling headlamps
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Heated second row seats
  • Embossed, perforated leather trimmed seats

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2021 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.