2021 Toyota Highlander Reviews

March 30th, 2021 by
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The 2021 Toyota Highlander is the vehicle of choice for St Charles families or drivers who want some extra space in their commuter vehicle. With three-rows of seating and a variety of entertainment features, the Toyota Highlander reviews remark on its ability to keep passengers comfortable and the driver connected wherever they go. Read the Toyota Highlander reviews and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid reviews with Pappas Toyota below, then browse the Toyota Highlander trim levels to see which model is the right fit for your commute.

Toyota Highlander Review: Interior

The Toyota Highlander interior was designed with comfort and connectivity in mind. With a suite of convenience features and upgraded interior sound systems, the driver and their passengers will enjoy their O'Fallon drives no matter if they’re a couple hours or just down the street. Additionally, the 2021 Toyota Highlander comes with the all-new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS-2.5+) standard on each trim level, giving drivers advanced safety no matter where they go in St Louis. See what the experts had to say about in their Toyota Highlander reviews below:

Car and Driver: “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Highlander a five-star safety rating; the Highlander was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As is the Toyota way, the 2021 Highlander offers a standard suite of driver-assistance features. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlamps.”

Kelley Blue Book: “The 2021 Highlander is the epitome of user-friendliness. With the standard 8-inch touchscreen or the 12.3-inch alternative, no one needs a degree in software engineering to operate it. Controls for audio, climate, and other functions are similarly easy. The seats are comfortable, even the cloth-covered ones in the lower trims. And the stitched-leather interior of the Highlander Platinum could almost pass for a Lexus.”

Toyota Highlander Review: Performance

The Toyota Highlander offers stellar performance in available horsepower, fuel economy, and AWD capability. Powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5L V6 engine, the Toyota Highlander will help you get to your destination with time to spare. Explore the Toyota Highlander review for performance below:

U.S. News: “The 2021 Highlander comes standard with a 295-horsepower V6 engine. While this isn’t the most muscular SUV in the class, it serves up sharp acceleration from a stop. You can also get up to higher speeds fairly easily, thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission that works smoothly in the background.”

Car and Driver: “During a brief test drive, we found the V-6 could tackle short on-ramps without straining; at our test track, our all-wheel drive test vehicle made it to 60 mph in reasonably-quick 6.7 seconds. Handling is unexciting but stable, and the ride is perfectly suitable for family-chauffer duty.”

Toyota Highlander XLE Reviews

The Toyota Highlander XLE sits snugly in the middle of the Toyota Highlander lineup. This Highlander trim level offers a comprehensive suite of features and reliable performance on your daily commute or your next weekend road trip. With a starting price of just $39,910 MSRP*, the Toyota Highlander XLE offers a dependable, powerful, and comfortable ride at a driver-friendly price. Read the Toyota Highlander XLE reviews below:

Car and Driver: “In our view, the mid-range XLE is the pick of the litter. It has heated front seats, a wireless smartphone-charging pad, and a power sunroof, among other niceties. We’d also spring for the Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation package, which brings in-dash navigation and an upgraded stereo system.”

Edmunds: “If you have more room in your budget, the XLE model looks and feels quite a bit nicer thanks to its added convenience features and simulated leather upholstery.”

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Reviews

If you’re looking for the additional savings that come with purchasing a Hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid reviews highlight its suite of features and efficient Hybrid performance with 36 mpg City/35 mpg Highway EPA-Estimated fuel economy. With an affordable MSRP and optional AWD capability, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has all the features drivers love in a fuel-efficient package. Read the Toyota Highlander Hybrid reviews below:

Kelley Blue Book: “Toyota knows hybrids, perhaps better than any other car company. The creator of the Prius was among the first to make a hybrid SUV, starting with the 2006 Highlander. Building on that legacy, the 2021 Highlander Hybrid brings smooth power and great fuel economy.”

U.S. News: “The Highlander Hybrid gets an estimated 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, compared to 21/29 mpg city/highway from the standard Highlander. Driving the hybrid will save you about $450 in fuel costs per year.”

Test Drive A Toyota Highlander at Pappas Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Highlander has made a name for itself as a reliable family SUV that offers the performance and features drivers are looking for in a new vehicle. Explore the Toyota Highlander and each of its configurations when you visit our St. Peters showroom. While you’re here you can browse our new vehicle specials for savings on your next Toyota Highlander purchase, then take a test drive in your favorite model. Visit us today. We look forward to putting you behind the wheel of a new Toyota Highlander.

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.


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