2021 Toyota Highlander Reviews

June 30th, 2021 by
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If you’re looking for a reliable, efficient, and cutting-edge SUV, then you’ll love the new Toyota Highlander! The Toyota Highlander blows the competition out of the water for its 2021 model year with a sleek interior and an all-new Toyota safety system. Outdoor enthusiasts, families, and car experts alike can’t stop giving glowing Toyota Highlander reviews for all of the trim levels available for this model! Join Toyota of Cedar Park as we review Toyota Highlander’s 3rd-row seating, interior and exterior features, and available configurations. 

2021 Toyota Highlander Review: Performance Specs

Austin shoppers can choose between the impressive 3.5L V6 engine or the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine on higher configurations of the Toyota Highlander. Both engines provide fantastic performance on the road and come with an optional AWD drivetrain. Check out the 2021 Toyota Highlander reviews for its available engines:

  • Car and Driver: “During a brief test drive, we found the V-6 could tackle short on-ramps without straining; at our test track, our all-wheel-drive test vehicle made it to 60 mph in reasonably-quick 6.7 seconds. Handling is unexciting but stable, and the ride is perfectly suitable for family-chauffer duty.”
  • U.S. News: “The 2021 Highlander comes standard with a 295-horsepower V6 engine. While this isn’t the most muscular SUV in the class, it serves up sharp acceleration from a stop. You can also get up to higher speeds fairly easily, thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission that works smoothly in the background.”

Toyota Highlander Review: Interior

Compared to its 2020 model, the Toyota Highlander interior has only made subtle upgrades for its 2021 model year. The 2021 Highlander benefits from optimized smartphone connectivity and interior sound systems, as well as the brand-new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), which is now standard for each configuration. Toyota Highlander reviews boast that this is an undeniable advantage for Leander families who are looking for a safe and inexpensive SUV. Find out more about what critics have to say about the Toyota Highlander’s interior below:

  • Kelley Blue Book: “The 2021 Highlander is the epitome of user-friendliness. With the standard 8-inch touchscreen or the 12.3-inch alternative, no one needs a degree in software engineering to operate it. Controls for audio, climate and other functions are similarly easy. The seats are comfortable, even the cloth-covered ones in the lower trims. And the stitched leather interior of the Highlander Platinum could almost pass for a Lexus.”
  • Car and Driver: “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Highlander a five-star safety rating; the Highlander was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As is the Toyota way, the 2021 Highlander offers a standard suite of driver-assistance features. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlamps.”

Toyota Highlander XLE Reviews

Positioned halfway through the Toyota Highlander lineup, the Toyota Highlander XLE is the preferred Highlandler trim for countless Georgetown families. The Highlander XLE offers a range of standard amenities and top-of-the-line performance features for an affordable starting MSRP of $39,910*. Explore the Toyota Highlander XLE reviews below:

  • Edmunds: “If you have more room in your budget, the XLE model looks and feels quite a bit nicer thanks to its added convenience features and simulated leather upholstery.” 
  • Car and Driver: “In our view, the mid-range XLE is the pick of the litter. It has heated front seats, a wireless smartphone-charging pad, and a power sunroof, among other niceties. We’d also spring for the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation package, which brings in-dash navigation and an upgraded stereo system.”

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Reviews

Round Rock drivers who prioritize saving fuel and getting the best interior and exterior features will love the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid offers 36 mpg City/35 mpg highway EPA-Estimated fuel economy along with AWD capability. The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has remained a favorite in the Toyota lineup since its inception – don’t believe us? See what reviewers are saying about the Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 

  • U.S. News: “The Highlander Hybrid gets an estimated 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, compared to 21/29 mpg city/highway from the standard Highlander. Driving the hybrid will save you about $450 in fuel costs per year.”
  • Kelley Blue Book: “Toyota knows hybrids, perhaps better than any other car company. The creator of the Prius was among the first to make a hybrid SUV, starting with the 2006 Highlander. Building on that legacy, the 2021 Highlander Hybrid brings smooth power and great fuel economy.”

Schedule a Test Drive of the 2021 Toyota Highlander!

The Toyota Highlander is the ideal SUV for Cedar Park drivers who want a plethora of interior and performance features at a reasonable price. Find out more about the Toyota Highlander when you browse our online model showroom, then contact our team to schedule a test drive!


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