Being capable of taking up to eight passengers and 83.7 cubic feet of cargo must also mean being capable of producing impressive power across all trims.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander complies, motivating its commanding body with up to 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque as standard from a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. Power is refined through 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), allowing for seamless control whether passing on the highway or sprinting through the city, plus mileage ratings up to 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Upgrade to the 3.5L V6 to harness up to 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque for an stirringly authoritative ride that makes you forget entirely the vehicle’s size. 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) tames that output so precisely that mileage increases up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Front-wheel drive comes as standard, but available Dynamic Torque-Control AWD is ideal for sharpening peace of mind regardless of terrain or weather. Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone style multi-link rear suspension keeps your ride smooth and controlled, even as you tow up to 5000 lbs. A nice final touch, all-season tires come fitted as standard.
The overriding philosophy behind 2021 Toyota Highlander technology is to impress as standard and stun with what’s optional. Entry-level models come with an integrated backup camera with projected path for easy maneuvering – the available Bird’s Eye View Camera provides a 360-degree view of the vehicle and surrounding area. Entune Audio comes as standard with 6.1-inch touchscreen, six-speaker sound system, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and Siri® Eyes Free. Upgraded Entune systems include:
And you can tell Toyota designed this three-row SUV with families in mind. For longer journeys, the available rear-seat Blu-ray Disc™ entertainment system plays movies and TV shows on a 9-inch screen through wireless headphones. When the kids want to charge their iPhones or you need to top up your tablet, simply use one of five available USB ports. The Toyota Highlander provides Driver Easy Speak to pick up your voice and channel it through the sound system to the rear, so you can keep tabs or offer your golden parental wisdom without raising your voice.
A reinforced body offers robust protection in the event of a collision. Advanced Airbag System, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats, and 3-point seat belts keep your from harm, all while front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, side-impact door beams, and energy-dissipating interior trim work to channel impact energy away from the passenger compartment.This is next generation safety, justly earning the 2021 Toyota Highlander a 5-star NHTSA crash-test rating.
Technology is equally impressive. The Star Safety System covers features such as Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to maintain faultless control, but the real write-home is Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) technology as standard, including: