The upcoming 2021 Toyota Highlander brings a redesigned exterior, more standard equipment for the base model and a couple of minor updates. We should expect the debut of the three-row SUV later this year. The 2021 Highlander will continue the family-oriented approach, with a spacious, comfortable cabin and impressive safety features.
Besides the standard engines from the previous version, the customers will get a hybrid option as well. According to the latest spy shots, the new model will include come design cues from the smaller sibling – RAV4 crossover. The price starting price is still unknown. However, we assume that the 3-row mid-size SUV will start around $34,000.
2021 Toyota Highlander Spy Shots, Design
Recently, we had a chance to see the test version of the forthcoming 2021 Toyota Highlander. Well, there’s a couple of noticeable changes for the exterior. For example, the front side of the vehicle features a brand-new grille, while the LED headlights will dominate over the front fascia. The arriving 3-row SUV will ride on the TNGA platform. The rear side of the vehicle is almost totally covered. so we can’t tell much about what’s happening there. However, reports from the company claim that the Highlander will get new taillights. As for the dimensions, 2021MY will be slightly larger than its predecessor.
The overall length is 194.9 inches, therefore 2.236 inches longer than the current model. The cabin will get a similar treatment as well. The automaker will include more premium materials and more standard equipment for the base model. There will be five trim levels: L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. The 2021 Highlander can accommodate up to eight passengers, and it comes with outstanding cargo space. The cargo offers 16.1 cubic feet behind the back row, and it can be expanded to 40.6 with a 60/40 split seat. Moreover, if you fold flat two rear rows, the total cargo amount is 73.3 cu ft.
2021 Toyota Highlander will use the same four-cylinder 2.7-liter engine, which produces 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The base unit is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which provides smooth shifting and good driving experience. Also, the customers might choose a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 mill. This unit produces 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, and it’s matted to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The front-wheel-drive will be standard for both drivetrains, while the all-wheel setup comes as optional. The Highlander will be able to tow 5,000 pounds, with the added tow package.
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Powertrain
One of the most important updates is adding the hybrid powertrain to the lineup. The hybrid version will debut shortly after the regular 2021 Toyota Highlander. This configuration combines a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric motors, for a total output of 240 hp. As with the regular suits, the hybrid version will be available in FWD as standard, and AWD as optional.
Release Date and Price
2021 Toyota Highlander will be available later this year. Still, the precise release date is unknown. As for the price, we assume that the base model will start somewhere around $34,000. The hybrid version will be more expensive, with the starting price of around $40,000. Furthermore, the Limited Platinum version will be the most exclusive version and most equipped, with the starting price of $47,000. The main rivals of the 2021 Highlander will be Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.