The New 2021 Toyota Highlander
Captivating exterior design
Highlander's bold design is hard to ignore. Its chiseled shape and contoured lines display the perfect balance of power and refinement. For XSE, an aggressive mesh front grille, blacked-out accents and lower side skirts highlight Highlander's sportier side.
Underneath XSE's unique rear bumper features Highlander's first-ever twin-tip exhaust. Chrome-plated for durability and added attention, it helps finish off the sportier rear design.
Highlander shows off more style with its 20-in. alloy wheels. Standard on XSE, Limited and Platinum, these sleek wheels add more sophistication without compromising performance.
Hands-free power rear liftgate
Easy to use and even more convenient. When your hands are full, Highlander's available hands-free power liftgate senses your Smart Key fob and opens automatically when you kick your foot under the rear bumper.
The dynamic front end of Highlander shows off its modern look. The stylish standard LED headlights provide a crisp, clean light, while available auto-leveling LED projector-beam headlights help keep light aimed down at the road for better visibility.
Turn up the convenience with tech that’s all about you. Apple CarPlay® integration is the smarter, safer and more enjoyable way to use your iPhone® in the car. For compatible Android™ devices, Android Auto™ gives you access to all your favorite music, apps and more right in front of you. Also, with Amazon Alexa compatibility, you can easily use your voice to access thousands of the same features and skills you use at home. Add SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial subscription, and you’ll always be up for the drive.
Two-tone XSE interior
Feel the sporty vibe of XSE every time you enter. With its available red and black leather-trimmed seats with red accent stitching across the instrument panel, you can't help but feel a little more empowered behind the wheel.
Center console with Qi wireless charging
No wires? No worries. Highlander features available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging. Simply place your Qi-compatible device in the center console to easily charge it up.
Heated and ventilated front seats
Make every seat more comfortable. Available heated and ventilated front seats cool down or warm up on demand, while available heated second-row seats can help keep passengers warm. Simulation shown.
Brighten each day with the available panoramic moonroof with front power tilt/slide moonroof. Open it up to catch a breeze and enjoy the wide-open view, or easily find cover with a power-retractable sunshade.
Highlander's roomy interior gives you enough space to seat up to eight and provides impressive leg room, even for those in back.
XSE sport-tuned suspension
Unique to Highlander XSE is a sport-tuned suspension that lets it hug the road a little tighter. Retuned shock absorbers, higher-rate springs and a rear stabilizer bar give you better handling of the road, while its lower, athletic stance shows everyone that it's ready to hit the ground running.
Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD
Enjoy an upgrade in all-wheel-drive performance. Available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) improves responsiveness and stability by sending up to 50 percent of the power to the rear and then further distributing more power to the wheel that needs it.
More miles mean more fun. Whether you're driving around town or venturing out to see what nature has to offer, Highlander Hybrid has up to an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined to give you the freedom to do both.
3.5-liter V6 engine
The epitome of power and smoothness. Highlander's advanced 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 295 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. Flex some muscle with its 5000-lb. towing capacity or find yourself going farther with its EPA-estimated 23 combined mpg.
Offering you more capability when the pavement ends, Highlander features Multi-Terrain Select on All-Wheel Drive (AWD) models. Choose between four modes (MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW and NORMAL) for improved traction. When activated, the system is designed to sense slippage and regulate wheelspin—helping to maximize driving performance on different surfaces.
Three distinct drive modes let you tailor Highlander's driving dynamics to match your mood. Sport Mode provides sharper acceleration, ECO Mode helps maximize fuel efficiency, and Normal Mode blends fuel economy with performance.
Apple CarPlay® compatibility
Bring along a familiar face. With Highlander's Apple CarPlay® compatibility, you can use your compatible iPhone® with the multimedia system to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, while staying focused on your commute. Screen depiction accurate at time of posting.
Wi-Fi connectivity and five USB ports
When you enable available Wi-Fi Connect, you can turn your Highlander into a hotspot with 4G connectivity. This feature allows up to five devices to stay connected to your favorite apps, while five USB ports and two 12V outlets help everyone find a charge.
SiriusXM® All Access 3-month trial subscription
SiriusXM® is playing what you want to hear and lets you try the widest variety of entertainment anywhere. Just hit the button and start listening—it's an experience like no other. Choose from over 200 channels in your vehicle, including ad-free music, plus sports, news, talk, comedy and more. Screen depiction accurate at time of posting.
JBL® audio system
Experience the clear sound of Highlander's available JBL® w/Clari-Fi® audio system. With its 1200 watts, 11 speakers, surround sound and high-quality engineering, phenomenal sound is delivered to amp up every drive.
Digital rearview mirror
Get a clear view with the flip of a switch with Highlander's available digital rearview mirror. This innovative feature uses a camera mounted up high inside the rear window for a wider field of vision—letting you see more of what's behind you.
Get there with confidence. Highlander features available Dynamic Navigation that can provide you with the most up-to-date map data, routes and points of interest. Just set your destination, and it will help you find the best way there.
From a night out to a day trip beyond city limits—Highlander Hybrid is ready to take on every challenge. A responsive 4-cylinder gas engine with two electric motors gets you to more places with fewer stops along the way.
Hybrid drive modes
Highlander Hybrid offers multiple selectable driving modes that let you choose how it performs: Normal for everyday driving, ECO for maximum efficiency, Sport for improved acceleration, EV Mode, which allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances, and Trail Mode, which gives AWD models even more traction.
FWD or AWD hybrid drivetrain
Highlander Hybrid offers two powertrains to best match your needs. Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) delivers intelligent capability, while All-Wheel Drive (AWD) provides extra traction.
Electronic On-Demand AWD
The power of an intelligent grip. Highlander Hybrid's available Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD) provides all-weather capability and confident on-road driving dynamics. The system uses a dedicated electric drive motor to automatically supply power to the rear wheels for instant improvement in traction.
Taking advantage of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform, Highlander offers a smoother, confident ride. The strength of the framework also naturally enhances handling, while sound-damping and soundproofing materials have been used to help create a quiet cabin for every drive.
Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+)
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) is designed to help detect a vehicle or a pedestrian in certain situations. Using both a camera and radar, PCS w/PD can provide an audio/visual alert to warn you of a possible collision under certain circumstances. If you don’t react, the system is designed to automatically brake.
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Intended for highway use, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) lets you drive at a preset speed. The system uses vehicle-to-vehicle distance control, helping maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
By detecting visible white/yellow lane markings or the road's edge at speeds above 32 mph, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) is designed to issue an audio/visual alert if an inadvertent lane departure is detected. If the driver does not take corrective action, the Steering Assist function is designed to provide gentle corrective steering.
Lane Tracing Assist
When Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) is enabled and lane markers are detectable, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) uses the lines on the road and/or preceding vehicles to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane.
Road Sign Assist
Using an intelligent camera, Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to detect speed limit signs, stop signs, Do Not Enter signs and yield signs, and display them on the Multi-Information Display (MID).
Automatic High Beams
The Automatic High Beams (AHB) safety system is designed to help you see more clearly at night at speeds above 25 mph. The AHB system can detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles, then automatically toggles between high and low beams accordingly.
Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
The available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is designed to warn you when a vehicle is in Highlander's blind spot on either side. When Highlander is placed in reverse, available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) is designed to detect certain vehicles approaching from either side. If the system senses cross traffic, it is designed to warn you with side mirror indicators and a warning tone.
Available Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
Working along with the available Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTB), Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking (PA w/AB) has audible and visual warnings, and in certain conditions may automatically apply the brakes when there is a possibility of contact with a stationary object or vehicle. Simulation shown.
No cost maintenance plan and Roadside Assistance
Every new Toyota comes with ToyotaCare, a maintenance plan that covers normal factory scheduled service for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 2 years, unlimited mileage.
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