2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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$38,735

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2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Smooth-revving V-6
  • Interior quality
  • Cabin storage
  • 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity (V-6)
  • Hybrid’s estimated gas mileage

The bad:

  • Automatic transmission kickdown response
  • Cargo space
  • Third-row comfort
  • Brake pedal feel (hybrid)

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New XSE trim level available
  • Three-row SUV
  • Seating for seven or eight
  • V-6 or hybrid drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander is a three-row SUV with room for seven or eight, depending on seating configuration. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and powertrain choices include a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine or a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain rated at 243 total hp. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Palisade

What’s New on the 2021 Toyota Highlander?

A new sporty XSE trim level joins the Highlander lineup featuring a revised suspension, retuned steering, machined 20-inch wheels with black accents, and updated exterior and interior design cues. All Highlander trims get added safety features, including the ability to detect and react to oncoming traffic when making a left turn, as well as steering assistance to help keep the vehicle in its lane during emergency maneuvers. LED headlights are now standard, too. 

What Features in the 2021 Toyota Highlander Are Most Important?

    • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control 
    • Available second-row captain’s chairs 
    • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system standard; 12.3-inch touchscreen available
    • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity 
    • Available wireless device charging
    • Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high-beam headlights standard
    • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert available 
    • 360-degree camera system available

Should I Buy the 2021 Toyota Highlander?

With seating for up to eight and plenty of standard safety features, the Toyota Highlander is a good choice for families. A variety of trims range from basic to upscale, accommodating different needs and budgets. The hybrid variant has very good estimated fuel economy for a three-row SUV. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

3.7

Handles well in bad weather, poor interior design

It has been reliable and handles well in the bad weather. I like the app on my phone. That is why I'm not selling it. But I would not recommend it for other women. I am 5"7 woman and the seat at its highest point is rather low. When it was brand new the seat felt a bit higher but as I've used it for 15K miles it seems lower. There is NO place to put my purse. I need to keep it behind my left ankle as I drive. When I get out of the car I DON'T like the reminder system about the back seat or other issues. (I assume this is about leaving a child behind) It just makes the same alarm noise no matter what and I have to guess each time what is up...it is a very vague reminder each time. The seats have deep crevices that are very hard to clean even with a vacuum. No place for water bottles/drinks in rear doors. I get the distinct impression that no women were consulted on this design.

3.6

I wish I bought the new RAV4.

Third row seats are useless and take too much room from the trunk, the trunk is smaller than the 2011 RAV4 I had. I wish I bought the new RAV4.

5.0

I LOVE this car!

Beautiful ride, inside and out. Great features, insanely good gas mileage, no complaints! I absolutely love the blueprint color, and the roominess with three kids- I love the three rows!

See all 32 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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