2021 Toyota Highlander
- Technology & Safety
- Trim Levels
Dashing good looks and stellar performance, along with flexible seating for up to 8 passengers, firmly places the 2021 Toyota Highlander at the top of the list when it comes to three row SUVs. With six smart trim options to choose from, excluding the fuel-efficient hybrid versions, the Highlander offers exceptional all-around performance making it an excellent choice for drivers looking for the total package. When it comes to top SUVs, there can only be one—and that is the 2021 Toyota Highlander. Read on to learn more with Southern Alberta’s source for all things automotive: Lethbridge Toyota!
A bold stance underscores the capable performance abilities of the 2021 Toyota Highlander, while creating a base for the bold look of this stellar SUV. A large, aggressive grille sits above the Highlander’s sleek front fascia, with space for the available LED fog lamps found just below this Toyota’s standard LED headlamps and sculpted hood. Contoured body panels sit between the 18-inch alloy wheels of the L, LE, and XLE trim levels, while the XSE and Limited trims ride on bold 20-inch wheels. Select models offer an available power sliding/tilting moonroof, with the Highlander Limited hosting a panoramic moonroof for a more open feeling cabin.
That same cabin, regardless of trim, is jam-packed with passenger and cargo space, utility, and refined touches. Standard heated front seats, along with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, make the front seats of the Highlander a hot ticket—though the 2nd row Captain’s Chairs of the XSE and Platinum trims ensure there’s not a bad seat in the house. Available wireless Qi charged and ambient LED lighting add to the smart interior of the 2021 Highlander, found within the SUV’s intuitive centre console. A 60/40 split 3rd row bench seat, along with fold-flat 2nd row seating ensures that the Highlander has an abundance of space for both passengers and cargo, in whatever configuration works best for your current needs. Add in the available hands-free power liftgate, and the 2021 Toyota Highlander isn’t just big on space, but utility and convenience too.
The impressive performance of the 2021 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 3.5-litre Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence V6 engine, providing access to 295 horsepower and 5,000 lbs of towing capacity. Matched to an advanced 8-speed direct shift automatic transmission, the Toyota Highlander offers up power and efficiency in equal measures—with a combined fuel economy rating of 10.3 L/100 km as proof. More efficiency is found thanks to Toyota’s start-stop engine technology, lowering your fuel consumption by shutting off the engine when you come to a full stop and restarting it when you take your foot off the brake. Of course, this Toyota’s stellar performance doesn’t stop when the paved road does, with the gas-powered Highlander equipped with a Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system allowing engine torque to transfer from the front to the rear wheels depending on road conditions and traction. The available Multi-Terrain Select system, featuring four distinct driving modes—Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Normal—lets you slice through any terrain with ease, making the 2021 Toyota Highlander the perfect vehicle for Southern Alberta.
A combination of advanced infotainment and safety features helps to round out the 2021 Toyota Highlander into the formidable road warrior it is, starting with Toyota’s Connected Services system. From the 8-inch touchscreen in the Highlander LE to the 12.3-inch screen found in the Highlander Platinum, you’ll be able to access navigation, safety services, and more, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ functionality. Going one step further, the 2021 Highlander is the first Canadian model to receive Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), only the most comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistance features from the brand yet. Cutting edge features like Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian & Bicycle Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Left Turn Intersection Support, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management, and more, ensure the 2021 Highlander provides the utmost in confidence whether you’re behind the wheel or a passenger.
Despite the fact that the 2020 Toyota Highlander was already an exceptionally well-equipped SUV, the 2021 version is still able to offer a few upgrades throughout its trim lineup. The now standard LED projection headlamps are a shining example of this, while the upgrade to TSS 2.5+ adds an element of advanced safety features into the mix. Not much has changed in the looks department, though the brand-new sporty XSE trim level adds more athletic exterior details along with black accents and 20-inch wheels—as well as a refined sport-suspension allowing it to both look and perform the part.