2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Redesign, Specs, and Release date. After a complete refresh last year the Japanese manufacturer is currently working on the new version of 2021 Toyota Highlander. This 8-passenger crossover SUV comes with a great look and many new features are installed in it.
It will be rival to many other SUVs such as Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Nissan Pathfinder. The newest 2021 Toyota Highlander will be available with a driver-safety assist package. This will include many features like pre-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.
2021 Toyota Highlander engine information
The newest 2021 Toyota Highlander comes with three engine choices under the hood. The base model LE gets a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is able to deliver 185 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is connected to the 6-speed automatic transmission and it is powered by the front wheel drive system. Fuel economy on this one in the city/highway is 20/24 mpg.
The most recommended one is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that gives 110 more horses than the first one 295 horsepower at 263 lb-ft of torque. This one engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It provides better fuel economy in the city/highway 20/27 mpg for the model with FWD system with LE trim and AWD LE Plus. The other one trims with this engine like LE with AWD gives 19/26 mpg and 21/27 mpg is number for the FWD LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum. The last one AWD XLE, SE, Limited, Limited Platinum provide 20/26 mpg.
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid model
The 2021 Toyota Highlander will also get a hybrid engine that will be available in entry-level LE trim, midrange XLE and Limited. This model will be made with an aggressive grill and powerful front that is easy to recognize. The great looking LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and LED taillights looks much futuristic and complete design of this SUV.
The technology inside the Hybrid model is the latest and the new model will get some new features like bird’s eye view camera, driver easy speak, Entune multimedia bundle with 8-inch-high resolution screen integrated with navigation.
Under the hood, the hybrid model will get a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. This engine is connected to the AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors. The total output of it is 306 HP. This is 11 HP more than the V6 standard engine. Like in all trims above, the hybrid one will be available with the front-wheel-drive system, while the AWD is optional.
The fuel economy on the Hybrid model in the city/highway is 30/28 mpg for the LE trim and 29/27 mpg for the XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum trims.
2021 Toyota Highlander exterior changes and updates
The 2021 Toyota Highlander exterior comes with small modifications that are minimally visible. As we already said, the last year model gets complete refresh and the new one will get some facelift on the front and end. The grill of the new model is now wider and stylish. Its headlight is also getting some redesign and now looks much more attractive. The upcoming model will use LED light at the front and sleek taillight will be also powered by this technology.
The model will be available in a few trims. Each trim will get a unique update. Example, the Highlander SE trim will feature black package that will bring black grill, wheels and some sporty lines on the back that looks pretty good. Stability control of the SUV is also great and the drive is best than ever.
As of the colors, the newest model will keep three new colors that are present in the predecessor. Colors include Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Salsa Red Pearl.
2021 Toyota Highlander interior keeps the same design as the predecessor
The interior of the 2021 Toyota Highlander will be unchanged from the predecessor. The same line and material will be used in the new one. The comfortable front-end of the SUV and 2nd-row seats are great for the long drive. The third row of the seats are mentioned for the kids and there is lots of space back. The third row is not that comfortable for adults.
As we said this model is able to accumulate 8-passengers in three row. There a plenty of features that comes with the standard one model like a rearview camera, 12-volt auxiliary power outlets x 3, tilt/telescoping steering wheel and there is a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with powerful Toyota’s Entune audio system. The standard one package will get Bluetooth and voice recognition.
The trim like LE Plus will add a bigger touchscreen of 8 inches, three-zone climate system and faux-leather seats, while XLE trim gets better infotainment and navigation system. The Limited and Limited Platinum will bring much more with the features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof and many more.
2021 Toyota Highlander price and release date
There is no info about how much will cost the new 2021 Toyota Highlander. If we look at the price of the current model that cost $32,000 including the destination charge of $1000 we expect a similar price for the new one. The V6 engine will probably add about $2,000 to the price above. V6-powered Limited Platinum AWD will start at $48,000.
The Hybrid one model is expecting to range from $37,700 for the base LE. The Limited Platinum version cost $49,000. This model will debut at the end of 2019 year.