2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota Highlander

The segment of 3-row SUVs is hotter than ever. There are several new models that came recently, while redesigns are pretty much a regular thing for every year. Therefore, the Highlander is no exception. The popular mid-size crossover is coming completely redesigned. The new generation has already been presented and should hit the market by the end of the year. For this redesign, the Japanese manufacturer has prepared a full load of novelties.

First of all, there is a new platform and a completely new styling as well. The new model is also slightly bigger, so you can count on more interior space. Finally, there are novelties under the hood. Considering all these, the 2021 Toyota Highlander, as the second-year models, shouldn’t feature more important novelties.

Exterior

2021 Toyota Highlander side

Pros

  • Full load of safety features
  • Great fuel economy with hybrid
  • Upscale cabin
  • More space in the third row

Cons

  • Underpowered hybrid version
  • Competition is getting tougher

The redesigned Highlander is about to come by the end of the year, like the 2020-year model. Considering the number of changes, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is about to carry on in the same way. We don’t expect to see any notable change for this model. The upcoming redesign is about to bring improvements in many aspects. First of all, there is a new TNGA platform, which brings improvements in terms of handling and overall ride quality. Also, the new model is notably lighter, which promises better fuel efficiency as well.

Of course, the new Highlander brings new styling as well. The new-look is heavily inspired by the recently-redesigned RAV4, so the Highlander now looks far more attractive compared to the outgoing, super-conservative model. Also, it is important to mention that the new model is slightly bigger, with a slightly longer wheelbase, which should provide more space on the inside. Given all these novelties, the best we could see from the 2021 Toyota Highlander is a couple of new color options.

2021 Toyota Highlander front

Interior

This redesign brings a completely new interior design as well, so we have no doubt that the 2021 Toyota Highlander will continue in the same way. As we’ve just mentioned, the new model is slightly longer, so we count on more space on the inside. This is important because the outgoing model doesn’t feature the most comfortable third row. Hopefully, this will change. Of course, that’s not the only novelty.

The new cabin features a completely new layout, with the new dashboard design. The quality of materials has been improved, while there are also lots of new tech features. All these novelties seem natural, considering that the segment is getting pretty tough these days, with new models like Subaru Ascent, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, as well as with vastly improved Ford Explorer.

Dimensions And Weight
Wheelbase (in.) 109.8 
Length (in.) 192.5
Height (in.) 68.1
Overall width (in.) 75.8 
Curb Weight 4464 lbs.
Ground Clearance 8.0 in.
Engine And Transmission
Engine type V6
Displacement 2.7L; 3.5 L
Power/torque 185 hp @ 5800 rpm/184 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm; 295 hp @ 6600 rpm/263 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm
Estimated mpg 20 City / 26 Hwy
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.2 gal.
Weights / Capacities
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place 13.8 cu.ft.
EPA Interior Volume 156.0 cu.ft.
Maximum Towing Capacity 5000 lbs.
Maximum Cargo Capacity 83.2 cu.ft.
PRICE RANGE: $31,680 – $41,030 starting msrp
Competitors: Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade

Engines

Under the hood, the 2021 Toyota Highlander will come with two powertrain options in the offer. Base models will continue with a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which in this case delivers around 295 horsepower. Those are typical numbers for the class, as well as the towing capacity, which will go around 5.000 pounds. On the other side, a big novelty is a new hybrid system. Instead of a V6-based system, the new powertrain is now based on a smaller 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

This resulted in significantly lower output, which drops all away down to 240 horsepower. On the other side, fuel economy has been significantly improved and now easy goes over 33 mpg in a combined ride. Interestingly, the AWD model won’t be in the offer with a hybrid powertrain.

2021 Toyota Highlander rear

2021 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price

If we take that the 2021 Toyota Highlander will represent the second production year of the current generation and that there isn’t any notable change to come, we should see it sometime late in the next year. Details about the price are still unavailable, but we don’t expect bigger deviations from the current model, which starts at around $31,600.

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