Considering that the 2020 model year benefits from a complete redesign, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is expected to be a typical carryover. Therefore, we may count on all the novelties that came with the recent redesign. They include things like a new platform, new styling new engines, etc.
The new model also comes with loads of latest tech features. Therefore, the best we could see from the next-year model is an addition in terms of new color options and a couple of more features on the list of standard equipment. The 2021 Toyota Highlander will come sometime late in the next year.
- Excellent fuel economy with hybrid
- Nice-looking cabin
- Comfortable and quiet
- Loads of tech features
- Many rivals offer more space in the third row
- Slow acceleration with hybrid
When it comes to the exterior design, the 2021 Toyota Highlander will continue in the same way. The recent redesign has brought a lot of interesting novelties, starting from a new styling, which borrows a lot of details from the smaller RAV4 but also accentuates its more upscale character with various exclusive styling details.
Of course, the new model switched to the company’s new TNGA architecture, which brings improvements in various aspects, starting from significantly better handling and overall performances. Also, the ride is smoother and more comfortable.
When it comes to the interior, the 2021 Toyota Highlander will benefit from a new platform a lot. The ride quality is much better but doesn’t expect much more space on the inside compared to the outgoing generation. The new model will remain one of the smaller models in the segment.
Simply, Toyota wants to keep a good balance between comfort and size, so this model actually seems much more appropriate for city ride than most rivals. Of course, we adore the fact that the list of safety systems is impressive, so we really don’t see what can be changed in the 2021 Toyota Highlander, except for new standard features.
The new model carried over with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 295 horsepower. With such amount of power, you can count on pretty good driving dynamics.
On the other side, fuel economy goes around 22 mpg in a combined drive. Speaking of fuel economy, there is a new hybrid system, based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with a combined output of 240 horsepower.
As you may notice, it is significantly less power compared to the previous generation. On the other side, you get a spectacular combined fuel economy of 34 mpg, which a class-leading result by a large margin.
2021 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Toyota Highlander sometime in the last quarter of the next year. The base price should go around $33,000.