There’s a brand new 2021 Toyota Highlander three-row crossover on the market. Maybe you’ve seen it on the roads, intersections, driveways, parking tons, strip malls, precise malls, or wherever else with a paved floor and folks?
The household hauler could as nicely be commonplace subject within the suburbs and subdivisions across the nation together with an Prompt Pot and Nextdoor subscription card. Welcome to the neighborhood, right here’s your Costco card.
This yr the Highlander provides an edgier XSE model that provides a bit aggro to its curb attraction—new bumpers, blacked out badges, massive 20-inch wheels, and stiffer suspension can try this.
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The 2021 Highlander will get a 6.Eight for now, earlier than security is factored in. As soon as it’s, we count on that quantity to rise. (Learn extra about how we fee automobiles.)
Along with the brand new Highlander XSE, Toyota gives the three-row crossover in L, LE, XLE, Restricted, and Platinum configurations. The Highlander Hybrid, which we suggest, is obtainable in each trim besides L and XSE. Entrance-wheel drive is commonplace on most fashions, and all-wheel drive is offered on each trim besides Restricted and Platinum, the place it’s commonplace.
The brand new Highlander breaks among the older variations’ delicate awkwardness. The large crossover doesn’t cover its dimension very nicely, but it surely cuts a extra engaging gap within the wind because of a shaplier snout and rising physique line.
Below the hoods of most Highlanders is a 295-horsepower V-6 that drives an 8-speed computerized and the entrance or all 4 wheels. It’s extra entertaining than it has any proper to be, and the XSE tightens the crossover up greater than the remainder of the bunch.
Our decide is the Highlander Hybrid, which makes use of an inline-Four and electrical motor to ship 35 mpg mixed, based on the EPA. That’s outstanding for a seven- or eight-passenger car, and it’s nonetheless as entertaining to drive.
Driveability isn’t the primary motive to purchase a Highlander, after all—area is. As much as eight can snuggle up contained in the Highlander comparatively comfortably, and the primary two rows have greater than 40 inches of leg room. The third row is finest for young children or sometimes, small adults, and the second row can slide ahead a number of inches relying on temper.
Behind the third row, the Highlander hauls as much as 16 cubic toes of cargo, which expands to greater than 84 cubes with the second and third rows folded.
Each Highlander will get computerized emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, energetic lane management and blind-spot displays.
Along with that, even base Highlanders get 18-inch wheels, fabric upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility, and seats for as much as eight for about $35,000. Prime Highlander Platinums crest greater than $50,000 however provide 20-inch wheels, premium audio, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, leather-based upholstery, and extra. They’re virtually govt limos for 12-year olds.
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