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2021 Toyota Highlander Preview, Interior, Exterior & Release Date

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2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota Highlander


The all-new 2021 Toyota Highlander is set to be one of the most sought-after models in the United States.

The popular Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV model that has been in production by Toyota since 2001. The newest highlander model will be available in the United States in December of 2019, with the Hybrid version coming a few months later in 2020. This will mark the beginning of the fourth generation Highlander. This redesign comes at a tremendous time as Toyota sold more Highlanders in 2018 than any other year of production. A redesign coming so soon following a boom in sales sets this model up to be one of the best SUV models available in the United States for years to come.

What can we expect from the Highlander?

The complete redesign of the 2020 Toyota Highlander brought significant changes to the design and the standard infotainment features. Toyota also elected to drop its unpopular four-cylinder engine that came standard on the lower trim levels of the 2019 Highlander. These dramatic changes suggest that the updates for the next couple years will be minimal at best.

However, as highlighted in the previous paragraph, the Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular SUV models on the market, so one should expect the 2021 Toyota Highlander to be the model of consistency that it has been in recent years.

What users tell us about the Toyota Highlander

Generally speaking, the consensus is that the current Toyota Highlander model is one of the most sought-after vehicle models on the market. This model has tremendous safety scores, addictive drivability, and third-row seating that allows for a total of eight passengers. It’s hard not to recommend this model to anybody with a larger family that’s shopping for SUVs. One of the biggest critiques of this vehicle was the standard four-cylinder engine, which was actually not included on the upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander. While the 2021 model hasn’t been released yet. It’s hard to imagine that there will be any real complaints about this model moving forward.

Toyota Highlander Facts


The 2019 Toyota Highlander was named a 2019 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. It also comes standard with a rear-view camera and Toyota Safety Sense P, which contains a series of pre-collision systems such as pedestrian monitoring, automated emergency braking, and forward and rear crash monitoring. Needless to say, the Toyota Highlander is an extremely safe model, and will be for years to come.

Fuel Economy:

The V6 engine that will be standard on the 2020 Toyota Highlander averages about 21 city miles per gallon and 27 highway miles per gallon. These numbers are good, however they may fluctuate on the 2020 model in the event that there is any added or lost weight with the redesign.


The Toyota Highlander’s interior for its current model is considered upscale and spacious. This all-new model will feature a new interior design and additional interior features including ApplePlay and Android Auto.


The new design for the exterior, which is coming for the 2020 Toyota Highlander, is a little bit longer than its predecessor, and is not as blocky. The all-new Highlander will also feature new headlights and 20-inch wheels, which was not available before.


Toyota opted out of using the four-cylinder engine for the upcoming model. However, the V6 engine that remains is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. The standard engine for the all-new Toyota Highlander will be a 3.5 liter V6 engine that makes up to 295 horsepower. There’s also a hybrid version of the Highlander. The Hybrid will be made available a couple months following the gas-powered Highlander.


J.D. Power and Associates has yet to run their predicted reliability rating tests on the upcoming Toyota Highlander model, however the 2019 Highlander received a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

2021 Toyota Highlander Price and Expected Release Date

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is being formally released in December of 2019. Therefore, it’s likely that the 2021 Highlander will come during the same period in 2020. The MSRP of the 2019 Toyota Highlander starts out at $31,830. It’s unclear whether the redesign that was done will result in a bump in pricing.

It’s hard to imagine how many more changes can be made to the Toyota Highlander to make it any better. Will the 2021 model be worth the wait, or will it simply be a reproduction of the 2020 model?

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