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Explore in Style with the 2021 Toyota Highlander

The 2021 Toyota Highlander is one of the top-performing crossover SUVs on the market. If you’re not quite ready for a minivan but still want hauling capacity and space galore, this model is an excellent choice. Below, we’ll detail everything you need to know about the new Highlander, including some notable additions for this model year.

What’s New for 2021?

New for 2021 is the sporty new XSE model, which boasts 20-inch wheels and a more aggressive exterior design. Toyota has also added standard LED projection headlamps for all new models. They’ve also added more driver-assistance features, including a semi-automated emergency steering system to help prevent collisions.

Cargo Space

Depending on the seat configuration, you can haul a lot, a whole lot, or a whole lot more. Stocking from the trunk to behind the front seat, you’ll find a total of 2.38 cubic meters of space. Fill to behind the second row and enjoy 1.37 cubic meters or keep the 0.45 behind the third-row seats.

Seating and Interior

The 2021 Highlander maintains comfortable and spacious seating for eight people. Even those in the back will enjoy plenty of legroom, so you won’t be likely to hear any complaining during those long road trips.

The interior itself has been redesigned to maximize space, and there is a stunning array of styles to choose from to suit any palate. Passengers will particularly enjoy the standard three-zone climate control, eight cup holders (and four bottle holders), and five USB ports.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Other than on the Limited and Platinum trims, an 20 cm infotainment system comes standard.  This is all centred around an in-dash touch-screen display that allows you to make calls, get directions, and listen to music at the touch of a button.  Other standard features include Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, Amazon Alexa integration, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Engine and Performance

The Highlander is powered by a 3.5-Liter V6 Dual Overhead Cam 24-Valve engine churning out an impressive 295 horsepower. This is paired with an intuitive eight-speed automatic transmission and either an all-wheel or front-wheel drive. Not only does this provide you with a little extra power under the hood, but it ensures you enjoy a nice smooth ride in all conditions.

The Hybrid model LE comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine backed up by two electric motors. This gives it an output of about 243 horsepower. It features a continuously variable automatic transmission and is also available in both front- and all-wheel drive options. Though it won’t jump off the starting line like the pure gasoline models, it will offer impressive fuel efficiency.

Fuel Economy and Safety

The 2021 Toyota Highlander has one of the leading figures in terms of fuel economy in the crossover SUV class. Front-wheel-drive models boast an impressive 8.11 L/100K highway while the all-wheel models net 8.71. This is sure to be a significant selling point for many families and budget-conscious dads. However, even more, impressive is the hybrid model, where the front-wheel-drive model can get as much as 6.72 L/100K – incredible for a vehicle of this size.

Of course, the Highlander is not just a great choice because of its outstanding performance, but it’s careful attention to safety. In fact, the Highlander has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named it a Top Safety Pick. The driver-assistance package in the 2021 model includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


The 2021 Toyota Highlander seems to have it all: performance, fuel efficiency, cargo space, and a great looking exterior. To learn more about the Highlander, or even take one for a test drive, contact us. Based in Red Deer, Alberta, we are Canada’s premier source for quality Toyota vehicles. Not only do we offer the best deals on the best cars, but we also have financing and leasing options to suit any budget.

3.5-litre 295 HP V6 Engine
295 Horsepower (KW)
10.3L / 100km Fuel Efficiency Rating
12.3” touchscreen display
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
$$40,150* Starting MSRP

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*MSRP of $40,150 is for the 2020 Toyota Highlander L FWD. The model shown is a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum, starting from MSRP of $56,150. MSRP does not include Freight & PDI of $1,840, Air Conditioning Charge of $100, if leased or financed – applicable PPSA fees of up to $91.25 and PPSA service fees of up to $4 (varies by lease/loan/term/province), license, insurance, registration, applicable taxes, levies and Fees. Dealer may sell for less. Your local dealer may charge additional fees.

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