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2021 Toyota Highlander

MSRP range: $35,085 - $49,190 Price range reflects Base MSRP for various trim levels, not including options or fees.

2021 Toyota Highlander videos

2020 Toyota Highlander Review — Release Date, Price, Interior and More

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Toyota Highlander, but since the 2021 Toyota Highlander is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Toyota Highlander a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Highlander both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Highlander has 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Highlander. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Toyota Highlander?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota Highlander:

  • New sporty XSE trim debuts
  • Part of the fourth Highlander generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Toyota Highlander reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota Highlander is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Highlander. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Highlander's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Toyota Highlander a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota Highlander is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Highlander and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Highlander is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota Highlander?

The least-expensive 2021 Toyota Highlander is the 2021 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,085.

Other versions include:

  • L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,085
  • L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,685
  • LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,285
  • LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,885
  • XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $40,085
  • XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,680
  • XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,685
  • XSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $43,630
  • Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,040
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $45,990
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $47,240
  • Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $49,190
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What are the different models of Toyota Highlander?

If you're interested in the Toyota Highlander, the next question is, which Highlander model is right for you? Highlander variants include L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Highlander models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota Highlander Overview

The 2021 Toyota Highlander is offered in the following submodels: Highlander SUV. Available styles include XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Toyota Highlander models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 295 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Toyota Highlander comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Toyota Highlander comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Toyota Highlander?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Toyota Highlander and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Highlander 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Highlander.

Pros

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Easy to see out of
  • Good power and fuel economy from V6 engine

Cons

  • Third row is kids-only
  • Below-average cargo space behind the third-row seat

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Toyota Highlander and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Highlander featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Toyota Highlander?

2021 Toyota Highlander L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

2021 Toyota Highlander LE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

2021 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,895. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,893.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 0% below the MSRP.

2021 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,255. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $367 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $367 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,888.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,455. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $240 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $240 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $48,215.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 0.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Toyota Highlanders are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Toyota Highlander for sale near. There are currently 1 new 2021 Highlanders listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $40,328 and mileage as low as 4 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Toyota Highlander. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $4,228 on a used or CPO 2021 Highlander available from a dealership near you.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Toyota Highlander?

2021 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
23 MPG compined MPG,
20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

2021 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
24 MPG compined MPG,
21 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Toyota Highlander Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
23 MPG compined MPG,
20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG23
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume155.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase112.2 in.
Length194.9 in.
WidthN/A
Height68.1 in.
Curb Weight4370 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Toyota Highlander?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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