2021 Toyota Highlander Reviews

March 4th, 2021 by

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A popular choice with Buford families and off-road enthusiasts alike, the 2021 Toyota Highlander SUV is stylish, versatile, and ready to tackle whatever challenges come your way in Alpharetta. Still, it’s important to find out what trusted industry experts are saying about a vehicle before you decide to buy. Read below for an overview of Toyota Highlander reviews and Toyota Highlander Hybrid reviews from the likes of Car and Driver, Kelley Blue Book, and others.

Toyota Highlander Reviews: Interior

The Highlander interior was fully redesigned in 2020, but the 2021 model has more to add, like the all-new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+) as standard on all trims, an upgraded sound system, and better smartphone connectivity. Here’s what the Toyota Highlander reviews say about the 2021 Highlander interior:

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.”

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.”

Toyota Highlander Reviews: Performance

Across the Highlander trim lineup, you can expect plenty of power for passing and merging in Johns Creek. Choose from a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or an available 3.5L V6 engine upgrade on higher trims, or upgrade with all-wheel AWD for all-weather capability. Check out the reviews here:

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.”

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.”

Toyota Highlander XLE Reviews

The mid-level XLE trim is probably the most popular option with Roswell drivers, thanks to its upscale interior amenities, powerful performance, and reasonable price. As you can see from a Toyota Highlander XLE review or two, the experts tend to agree:

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.”

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.”

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Reviews

Looking for maximum fuel-efficiency in your next SUV? The Highlander Hybrid offers everything you love about the Highlander, but with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that gets an excellent 36 city and 35 highway mpg. See what trusted sources like Kelly Blue Book had to say about that in their Toyota Highlander Hybrid review:

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.”

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.”

Test Drive A New Toyota Highlander for Sale in Cumming!

If you think the new Highlander or Highlander Hybrid could be the right choice for you and your family, contact us to schedule a test drive. Or stop by to visit our Cumming showroom today, and see why reviewers and drivers alike are buzzing about this standout SUV! We’re happy to provide performance specs, Toyota Highlander 3rd row reviews, and more.

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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