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2021 Toyota Highlander Review

2021 Highlander​​​​​​​

The 2021 Toyota Highlander is an SUV that can truly accommodate your needs. From various performance capabilities to a versatile cabin full of the latest tech, the 2021 Highlander is ready for all your travels.

It is ready to run errands near Burlington, bring the kids to practice near Greensboro, take you to your favorite sports around Durham, NC, and head out on road trips. Below, our Cox Toyota team goes into greater detail on the interior space, performance specs, and tech features of the 2021 Highlander, so keep reading to see what awaits in this SUV!

2021 Highlander​​​​​​​

Inside the 2021 Highlander 

The Toyota Highlander is an SUV that’s ready for any plans you have for the day. If you’ll have a car full of passengers, whether you are on carpool duty or driving around with friends, it can fit up to eight passengers.

Plus, everyone will enjoy a comfortable ride, thanks to the 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume in the cabin, and the 3-zone automatic climate control system. Behind all three rows of seating, there is also 16 cubic feet of cargo volume for you to pack up any supplies you need to take with you.

You can also reconfigure the seating when you don’t need all that passenger room. That way, you can create more space for additional items. Fold down just the third row to have 48.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, or fold down all the rear seats and gain up to 84.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the Highlander.

Performance Tailored to Your Needs 

Another great aspect of the Toyota Highlander is that you can build this SUV to match the type of performance you want. Choose from systems like the available sport-tuned suspension if you want more engaging and spirited handling, or the available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to have stable driving, no matter the road conditions.

There are also various powertrains to choose from with the Highlander, including a standard 3.5L V6 engine. This creates 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. It is also paired with the Direct Shift-8AT 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission, which delivers smooth and swift acceleration.

There is also an available hybrid powertrain that can provide great efficiency while traveling around town or cruising along the open road. When powered by this hybrid engine, the 2021 Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway MPG.1

2021 Highlander​​​​​​​

Technology Features 

The 2021 Highlander is also loaded with plenty of tech that makes the ride more enjoyable for you and your passengers. The center 8-inch touchscreen is where you can access your smartphone’s apps when connecting your device through Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™.

This will let you do everything from play your favorite tunes and make phone calls to look up directions and even reply to text messages. Your passengers can also stay connected, thanks to Wi-Fi Connect. This will let your friends help find places to stop along your road trip or let the kids watch shows right on their device.

You can also get an additional display screen—the available 10-inch color Head-Up Display (HUD). This will let you know what speed you’re driving at, who is calling, and what song is playing without taking your eyes off the road.

Come Take a Test Drive in the Toyota Highlander 

Come check out the spacious, high-tech, and versatile 2021 Toyota Highlander for yourself! Drivers around Burlington, Greensboro, and Durham, North Carolina, can contact us now to schedule a test drive here at Cox Toyota.



1. EPA-estimated 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander; 20 city/27 hwy/23 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander AWD; 36 city/35 hwy/36 combined MPG for 2021 Highlander Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See